Maturana Buena, Maturana Mala

by  |  13-02-2023

Tracking down the relationships of vitis vinifera varieties which comprise the grapes from which our wines are made is no easy task. Back in 2012, the book Wine Grapes took an impressive stab at researching... more »

La cuesta de enero 2023

by  |  04-01-2023

The exact meaning of "la cuesta de enero" doesn't immediately translate to English as it's literally, "the uphill January". When taken in a Spain context, this is however, a struggle very much felt in the... more »

Coffee and vines and everything changing

by  |  13-10-2022

For those who’ve not been, Galicia is hand’s down, the wettest region in all of Spain. They have average rainfall running from 800mm in the driest areas all the way up to 2,200mm for those... more »

New review policy: Yes SO2

by  |  10-10-2022

In addition to our overall disclosures, we also have a general set of guidelines when it comes to how we approach the wine reviews and reports on Firstly, wines are scored via the 100-point... more »

In other news…

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »