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Judging the “Best Cava Sommelier” of 2019

by  |  14-11-2019

One can't claim that the DO Cava hasn't been active over the last few months. An important reason for the new boost is having a new president. Another is having changed up their communications department,... more » One can't claim that the DO Cava hasn't been active over the... more »

Oddero: A rainbow of vintages, Barolo and beyond

by  |  07-11-2019

Being in London means tasting a great many wines if one is so inclined. While the WSTA trade calendar is simply amazing in its listing of tastings and events, incredibly, not everything that happens is... more » Being in London means tasting a great many wines if one is... more »

25 years of Torre Muga

by  |  14-10-2019

Mid-October in Barcelona is still Mediterranean in terms of weather as summer clings to the days but is yet graced by a glint of cool air coming in at the fringes of the season. This... more » Mid-October in Barcelona is still Mediterranean in terms of weather as summer... more »

10 Grenaches for the 10th annual #GrenacheDay

by  |  20-09-2019

Today, the world celebrates “International Grenache Day”! It’s one of the least-demanding celebrations that exists as it simply means grabbing a glass (or bottle) of Grenache near you and toasting all that’s toastable in this... more » Today, the world celebrates “International Grenache Day”! It’s one of the least-demanding... more »

Tast del Decenni 2019: The DOQ Priorat 2009 vintage

by  |  02-07-2019

In 2009, the heaviest shoe of the Global Financial Crisis had finally fallen. All the maneuvering, consolidating, and bailing of companies and governments truly came to a head for and was deeply affecting European countries,... more » In 2009, the heaviest shoe of the Global Financial Crisis had finally... more »

Looking back on Sauvignon Blanc

by  |  20-03-2019

My flight had arrived on time. This may seem a trivial concern but when flying Iberia’s budget line, Vueling, you prepare for the annoying but expect the worst. Sometimes that just means seats arranged for... more » My flight had arrived on time. This may seem a trivial concern... more »

The definitive wine guide for Thanksgiving

by  |  16-11-2018

My Great Uncle George had Thanksgiving food and drink pairing down pat: “Everything tastes better with Budweiser”. Straight shooting and always to the point, you’d never have known George was first generation Portuguese given his... more » My Great Uncle George had Thanksgiving food and drink pairing down pat:... more »

The ever-mighty Xarel·lo. Recaredo: Turó d’en Mota 2006 & Serral del Vall 2008

by  |  29-10-2018

Perhaps it’s because t hasn’t popped up on #sommlife or the less-used but seemingly less annoying #awesomm. Or, perhaps it’s just that the punt volat (·) tosses people for a wobbly, but Xarel·lo is still... more » Perhaps it’s because t hasn’t popped up on #sommlife or the less-used... more »

Some choice Garnatxes from DOQ Priorat & DO Montsant for #GrenacheDay

by  |  21-09-2018

In 2010, those who make Grenache decided that the third Friday of September would hence forth be “International Grenache Day”. While initially hatched at an event in France’s Rhône, this has indeed became a thing... more » In 2010, those who make Grenache decided that the third Friday of... more »
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Last chance to submit to the Geoffrey Roberts Award 2018

by  |  10-09-2018

For those who may not know of it, the Geoffrey Roberts Award is one that takes on the form of a bursary granted to those who show “…a genuine commitment to New World wines or... more » For those who may not know of it, the Geoffrey Roberts Award... more »