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The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2024

by  |  11-04-2024

A lot of water has passed under the collective bridges of life since my previous Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As I arrived there mere days after Russia invaded Ukraine, it was easily the most distracted I’ve ever been... more »

A taste of Jura

by  |  03-04-2024

The wines of Jura are probably some of the easiest in the wine world to understand… if you happen to work in the wine world. I fully admit to being quite fascinated with them as... more »

The wines of Roussillon 2024

by  |  29-02-2024

When planning research trips for this year, I was quite surprised to find that the last full review of Roussillon wines was all the way back in 2021. I say “surprised” as I’m in contact... more »

Res Fortes – Merlot Madness 2022

by  |  15-02-2024

I was recently up in the Roussillon region to research a new report on one of my most favorite regions outside of Spain, although ‘Catalunya Nord’ is only technically not Spain due to historical treaty-isms.... more »

Domaine Manciat-Poncet – Mâcon-Bussières Rouge 2018

by  |  05-02-2024

The big news in wine is that apparently less people are drinking it. This is indeed, Big News because in a normal year, the Big News would be about the fact that Burgundy producers have... more »

A review of, “La Dégustation”

by  |  20-12-2023

When I started seeing the trailers, overdubbed in Spanish, I had little interest in watching "La Dégustation" aka "Cata de Vinos" or in English, "The Tasting". It had all the earmarks of a rather schmaltzy... more »
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A new side to Roussillon, Torredemer Mangin

by  |  20-11-2023

In what seems like another life at this point, I visited the Roussillon village of Vingrau for a wine fair that I feel wasn’t repeated again and was definitely stopped once 2020 arrived. This is... more »

Sable de Camargue is France’s newest appellation

by  |  27-10-2023

As of 18 October, 2023, France has a brand-new appellation, the AOC Sable de Camargue. This has been a lengthy quest for the domaines in the region, taking 14 years to finally get approval which... more »

Burgundy 2023, lookin’ good?

by  |  22-09-2023

As I mentioned in the latest newsletter, it's been a good deal of pain across Southern Europe for the 2023 harvest. There are of course exceptions and the further east you go, the better things... more »

Vinovalie Sans Culotte Blanc 2020

by  |  01-09-2023

I won’t lie, there’s an excitement for me in discovering new wines and it’s why the core of this site is to “be wine curious.” I do realize for the vast majority of winedrinkers, this... more »