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by  |  28-02-2022 ~ 1 Comment

This week I'd wanted to share a report on some excellent wines in California. I'd wanted to write up stories about funny and/or ridiculous things happening in the wine world. I'd wanted to do a... more » This week I'd wanted to share a report on some excellent wines... more »

The first truffle dog competition in Priorat

by  |  22-02-2022

This past Sunday, the 20th of February, 2022, marked the first ever competition for truffle-hunting dogs in Priorat. While Spain may not be a country known for its truffles, they exist in plentitude throughout all... more » This past Sunday, the 20th of February, 2022, marked the first ever... more »

Cul de Cuvée 05-02-2022: Glass Edition!

by  |  05-02-2022 ~ 2 Comments

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. Oh, maybe you noticed that this is the special Glass Edition! Why? Because there's just been so damned much crap... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »
A window back into the pre-pandemic

We’re just not there yet

by  |  03-11-2021 ~ 7 Comments

Last week I went to attend a professional wine tasting here in Catalunya. It's held inside the striking location of an abandoned church up on a hill with a view to the village below and... more » Last week I went to attend a professional wine tasting here in... more »

Cul de Cuvée 30-10-2021

by  |  30-10-2021

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. Hot crimes, not Recently making the rounds on Facebook (sorry, "Meta") was the claim that a hot Florida woman was... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

In The Glass – Clément Châtenoy Menetou-Salon Tradition 2017

by  |  21-10-2021

In March of 2020 I was in the Loire Valley judging a Sauvignon Blanc competition that would effectively be my last travel outside of Spain for a year and a half. Due to quickly-changing conditions,... more » In March of 2020 I was in the Loire Valley judging a... more »

Keeping wine, simply: The Repour

by  |  22-09-2021 ~ 3 Comments

Anyone who drinks wine often or works in the wine trade will have an abundance of corkscrews as well as gifts from anyone who sees them as a wine type person. Due to that, the... more » Anyone who drinks wine often or works in the wine trade will... more »
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Biogenic amines, sulfites, headaches, & wine

by  |  14-06-2021 ~ 2 Comments

The research papers for Master of Wine candidates don't often receive a lot of attention once released for public consumption as they're quite focused and specialized, sometimes to a fault. It would however seem that... more » The research papers for Master of Wine candidates don't often receive a... more »

Cul de Cuvée 17-04-2021

by  |  17-04-2021

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. The restaurant spoketh easy It's been uncovered that secret restaurants have been serving people in private without the use of... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

Sipping on Faroese & Finn Ginns

by  |  12-04-2021

And now for something different... Gin. Right, everyone talks about Gin these days so it's not really that different and thus one has to go out of their way to justify mentioning a bit about... more » And now for something different... Gin. Right, everyone talks about Gin these... more »