Spain’s newest DO: Campo de Calatrava

by  |  26-02-2024

In something of a surprising Valentine's Day "gift", on 14 February, Brussels approved Spain's newest denomination of origin, Campo de Calatrava. Located in the vast territory of Castilla-La Mancha around Ciudad Real (about 100km to... more »

Straight takes from Peter Sisseck

by  |  12-02-2024

When working on the Ribero del Duero Report last year, I made a stop to Pingus and was fortunate to be able to have a lengthy chat with owner, founder and head of everything, Peter... more »

The wines of DO Montsant 2023

by  |  19-06-2023

We arrive to this year’s report on DO Montsant and its accompanying Tasting Report of 100 wines which span the great wealth of quality wines on offer from the region. I say it with every... more »

A symposium on regenerative viticulture

by  |  24-05-2023

On May 16th, the third edition of the Regenerative Viticulture Symposium was held in Falset, Catalunya in the town’s old castle. For those who couldn’t attend in person, they filmed it and it can be... more »

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 »