Release of the 2015 Vi Novell16-11-2015

When talking about anything “nouveau” in the wine world, most mouths open and say, “Oh, Beaujolais Nouveau?” as that is hand’s down the most famous of the early release wines in the world. And by... more>

A vineyard that time ignores05-06-2015

If you happen to live just south of Girona and go to Sant Celoni often to take the regional train, then you, much like me, would the GI-555 road as it offers something of a... more>

You say “lip stinger”, I say no20-07-2014

I’m not sure why I’m such a pedantic twit when it comes to wine grape names. I suppose it’s because all European grapes have a name that typically means something whether it’s the place they’re... more>

One very old Iberian wine cellar23-02-2014

For those who might have seen or remembered it, there was a great line from the 1980s TV series ALF which was, “You crawl under houses, you hear things.” The same can be said in... more>

Roman wine under Barcelona29-06-2013

European cities are generally excellent in having a multitude of museums to visit and while Barcelona is no Paris, it has its fair share as well. But, one of the museums that is often overlooked... more>

A world of wine underfoot04-04-2013

Last year, when working on finishing tracks for the high speed rail connection from Barcelona to France, the construction workers unearthed what was basically a 2,000 year-old wine cellar just north of the city. It... more>

The Empordà/Costa Brava confusion19-03-2013

Browsing around the internetz this morning (as that’s what Tuesday mornings are for) I came across a new company offering guided winery tours. These are a dime a dozen these days in Spain as due... more>

Escanyavella, the old lady strangler06-11-2012

In making travels throughout the world of wine, it’s normal to come across Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and all the rest of the 20 or so main varieties that are commonly planted around... more>