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The state of Faugères 2022

by  |  20-04-2022

If you’re not living in France, Faugères may not be a region that immediately comes to mind. I say this as a massive 87% of their production doesn’t ever leave the country with people very... more » If you’re not living in France, Faugères may not be a region... more »

The only pét-nat I ever loved

by  |  14-04-2022

I don’t have the most glorious of histories with pétillant naturel aka “pét-nat”. In general, most of what I’ve had would be best described as, “rude”. Short in the mouth and yes, fruity, but yet... more » I don’t have the most glorious of histories with pétillant naturel aka... more »

The state of Tempranillo Blanco in Rioja 2022

by  |  06-04-2022

While color mutations of grapes do happen from time to time, they’re not an everyday occurrence. Their existence is one thing but the real question is whether a mutation can actually produce a quality wine... more » While color mutations of grapes do happen from time to time, they’re... more »

Ukraine meets Penedès

by  |  28-03-2022

When Anna Zahorodnya was a teenager in Kostopil, Ukraine she had no idea how different her adult life would be. And who could, given that now in her 30s, she lives in a completely different... more » When Anna Zahorodnya was a teenager in Kostopil, Ukraine she had no... more »

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 »

The state of Petaluma Gap AVA 2022

by  |  08-03-2022

Napa Valley has long-claimed the wealth of headlines about California wine. The irony in this is that it produces but 4% of all wine in California each year. Sonoma County to the west of Napa... more » Napa Valley has long-claimed the wealth of headlines about California wine. The... more »

Checking in on Vina Carić

by  |  24-02-2022

While I live by the Mediterranean, the Adriatic is something different and with its own unique charm. Like many things on the lengthy “Was Gonna Do” List of 2020, I was going to be visiting... more » While I live by the Mediterranean, the Adriatic is something different and... more »
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A taste and talk with Tablas Creek

by  |  03-02-2022

The first time I visited Paso Robles was in the early summer of 1994. I’d just graduated rom high school and found myself in possession of a car that was too fast for my age.... more » The first time I visited Paso Robles was in the early summer... more »

The state of Garnacha in Rioja 2022

by  |  25-01-2022

It is a justified assumption that 99% of the Riojan wines one encounters will be majority if not fully-based on the grape, Tempranillo. At 88% of all red plantings, it is unequivocally the dominant variety... more » It is a justified assumption that 99% of the Riojan wines one... more »

A visit to Vine Hill Ranch

by  |  21-01-2022

When talking about vineyards in Napa Valley, inevitably one name will always come up: To-Kalon. Known for being the source of many sought-after wines and more infamously for being the source of protracted legal battles... more » When talking about vineyards in Napa Valley, inevitably one name will always... more »