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Scala Dei and la Cartoixa 1974

by  |  25-03-2022

Much praise is rightly given to the group of people who came to Priorat, Catalunya in the 1980s and saw not a remote wine region in serious decline, but a wondrous terroir with great possibility.... more » Much praise is rightly given to the group of people who came... more »

Wines for Ukraine Auction

by  |  21-03-2022 ~ 2 Comments

When Russian tanks invaded Ukraine on February 24th, like millions of other people in the world, I was stunned. That feeling soon passed to anger and it has mostly stayed there, being punctuated by sadness... more » When Russian tanks invaded Ukraine on February 24th, like millions of other... more »

A deeper look at DOQ Priorat 2019

by  |  17-03-2022

Whenever I can, I put together special tastings upon request in Priorat. They’re often for those visiting who want to sate a general wine curiosity or for dig deeper into a specific theme. In the... more » Whenever I can, I put together special tastings upon request in Priorat.... more »

DO Terra Alta brings “brisats” to the forefront

by  |  08-02-2022

DO Terra Alta, in Catalunya, Spain has been quite busy recently. In their regulatory council’s last board meeting of 2021 they approved a long list of changes. The most prominent was their making a very... more » DO Terra Alta, in Catalunya, Spain has been quite busy recently. In... more »

In The Glass: Gritelles – Manou 2019

by  |  01-02-2022

“Reduction”, as defined by the Oxford Companion to Wine, is a: “chemical reaction that is in effect the complement of oxidation and one in which an element or compound gains electrons.” That’s obviously quite scientific... more » “Reduction”, as defined by the Oxford Companion to Wine, is a: “chemical... more »

An update on the “Reserva de la Tierra” scandal

by  |  28-01-2022

The fraud case of Reserva de la Tierra is in the news again and recent developments warrant taking another look at it. In brief, at the end of October of last year, three Catalan denominations... more » The fraud case of Reserva de la Tierra is in the news... more »

Southern bubbles to see you through your holidays

by  |  22-12-2021

So... here were are nearly the end of another strange, yet perhaps slightly more manageable year in this "grand" time we find ourselves in. While we may be locking things down again, that doesn't mean... more » So... here were are nearly the end of another strange, yet perhaps... more »

The Vi Novell class of 2021

by  |  20-12-2021

Unlike last summer when I was writing about the Catalan vi novell wines, now in late fall is the more traditional time for these very, very new wines to be released and drank. Below you... more » Unlike last summer when I was writing about the Catalan vi novell... more »

The state of Trepat in Conca de Barberà

by  |  17-12-2021

It’s obviously been a tough couple of years, leading to the cancelation of countless events and although some are trying to restart, that’s quite precarious and I don’t see this changing any time soon. I... more » It’s obviously been a tough couple of years, leading to the cancelation... more »

Best Catalan wines of 2021

by  |  06-12-2021 ~ 2 Comments

At the end of each year, I like to look back at all the wines I've tasted and pick out those in Catalunya that were either outstanding or represented something notable within various regions. This... more » At the end of each year, I like to look back at... more »