French Wines

Res Fortes – Merlot Madness 2022

by  |  15-02-2024

I was recently up in the Roussillon region to research a new report on one of my most favorite regions outside of Spain, although ‘Catalunya Nord’ is only technically not Spain due to historical treaty-isms.... more »

Domaine Manciat-Poncet – Mâcon-Bussières Rouge 2018

by  |  05-02-2024

The big news in wine is that apparently less people are drinking it. This is indeed, Big News because in a normal year, the Big News would be about the fact that Burgundy producers have... more »

Sierra de Toloño – Rosado 2020

by  |  12-01-2024

The news in booze as of late, isn’t terribly good from most point of views. I say “most” as it depends upon which side of the aisle you’re on in terms of drinking, but if... more »

Sístole – Maturana Tinta 2021

by  |  10-11-2023

When I first started encountering varietal Grenache wines in Rioja, I have to say, I wasn’t bowled over by a great many of them. It was often the case that they were from cooler point... more »

Casa Gran del Siurana La Fredat 2020

by  |  23-10-2023

It’s very easy to make the case that Grenache is a fine, worldclass grape variety these days. Look no further than the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gredos, and of course, Priorat, if you want to taste... more »

Ridge – Frediani Valdiguié 2021

by  |  25-09-2023

When I was still working for a winery in Napa Valley many years ago now, my mom asked me, “Hey, what ever happened to Gamay Beaujolais? That was one of my favorite Napa wines, but... more »

Vinovalie Sans Culotte Blanc 2020

by  |  01-09-2023

I won’t lie, there’s an excitement for me in discovering new wines and it’s why the core of this site is to “be wine curious.” I do realize for the vast majority of winedrinkers, this... more »

Vall Llach – Embruix 2021

by  |  31-07-2023

While compiling this year’s lengthy Priorat report, I realized that I’ve tasted Vall Llach’s Embruix wine a good number of times. In fact, it would probably my most-tasted wine from Priorat with the exception of... more »

López de Heredia – Viña Tondonia Reserva 2011

by  |  17-07-2023

Despite the crippling writers and now actors strike in the US, we live in an age where we don’t generally suffer for choice in terms of the media that we consume whether that be in... more »

Pepe Raventós – Mas del Serral 2012

by  |  03-07-2023

Viewing it as just another year in the grand litany of years we’ve accumulated as a species, I’ve nothing against 2012. In fact, I look back on it rather fondly as I’d just moved to... more »