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Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 2019

by  |  17-10-2019

For any lover of Grenache-based wines, and especially those found in the Southern Rhône, the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers up many delicious pleasures which is why I’m very excited to share the 2019 report today.... more » For any lover of Grenache-based wines, and especially those found in the... more »

In the Glass: Domaine de Courcel – Bourgogne Rouge 2014

by  |  30-09-2019

To love the wines of Burgundy has for some time been a cursed passion as the prices for top wines make them far too costly to enjoy on regular occasion unless perhaps one is a... more » To love the wines of Burgundy has for some time been a... more »

A look back at the 2012 vintage in Catalunya & Roussillon

by  |  01-09-2019

The other day someone wrote to inquire about the 2012 Clos Mogador and what my impressions were of it. While I enjoyed drinking it when initially released, I realized that instead of just talking about... more » The other day someone wrote to inquire about the 2012 Clos Mogador... more »

Skipping on schist – Domaine Augustin

by  |  10-06-2019

As that almighty crow flies, it’s a mere 12km to the French-Spanish border from Colliure. In reality however, it’s actually 25km of twisty roads that take nearly an hour to cover if holiday camping vans... more » As that almighty crow flies, it’s a mere 12km to the French-Spanish... more »

A judgment in Grenache, Perpignan edition

by  |  22-05-2019

Taking the TGV from Perpignan in the direction of Spain gives you that brief glimpse of what being a protagonist in a billion-dollar superhero franchise must feel like. There’s this rush as you gain more... more » Taking the TGV from Perpignan in the direction of Spain gives you... more »

Champagne’s terroir problem

by  |  01-04-2019 ~ 5 Comments

The train to Champagne departs Paris every hour at 36 minutes past from Gare de l'Est. While the carriages might be from an past era, the trip isn't long with the congestion and sirens of... more » The train to Champagne departs Paris every hour at 36 minutes past... more »

Tasty value a go-go: Lidl Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV

by  |  25-07-2018

I don’t frequent the Lidl wine selection as much as I used to. It’s not as tight as it is in the UK and seems to have cozied up to the fact that Spaniards largely... more » I don’t frequent the Lidl wine selection as much as I used... more »
Old vines in the Mas de la Rosa vineyard

A Priorat tasting of Carignan without borders

by  |  02-05-2018

Fully booked! Sorry for those who couldn’t get in this time around! I have admittedly been a bit crazy about Carignan lately. It’s no wonder as I posted this large, “Grand Tasting of Carignan” from... more » Fully booked! Sorry for those who couldn’t get in this time around!... more »

Jean Foillard – Morgon “Côte du Py” 2015

by  |  30-04-2018

The story of Rosé’s rise to fame and wanton debauchery for the general public isn’t something I’ve found terribly surprising. Well-made Rosé is excellent and favoring the Provençal style gives everyone splitting a bottles something... more » The story of Rosé’s rise to fame and wanton debauchery for the... more »

Celebrating single grape diversity: Grenaches du Monde 2018 & Grenache³

by  |  15-04-2018

Today closes the 6th edition of Grenaches du Monde, an event that, much like Grenache itself has been a roving vagabond, seeing itself set up shop wherever Grenache has made its presence known. While starting... more » Today closes the 6th edition of Grenaches du Monde, an event that,... more »