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In The Glass: Domaine de Bila-Haut – L’Esquerda 2018

by  |  22-07-2022

My fascination with Roussillon, France isn’t just because it’s the land that was historically Catalunya Nord (Northern Catalunya), but more that it’s neither here nor there. It’s most definitely not Languedoc (to which it is... more » My fascination with Roussillon, France isn’t just because it’s the land that... more »

In The Glass: Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018

by  |  24-06-2022

It’s not a terribly bold statement to say that blind tasting is challenging. In addition to the wealth of wines around the world and countless ways to vinify the same variety in a different manner,... more » It’s not a terribly bold statement to say that blind tasting is... more »

In The Glass: Artemis Karamolegos – Santorini 34 2019

by  |  23-05-2022

This wine came my way via my Big Fat Greek Wine Shipment last fall. It’s one of the benefits of getting white wines from Santorini in that they can sit in the cellar and actually... more » This wine came my way via my Big Fat Greek Wine Shipment... more »

In The Glass: Sainte Croix – Celèstra 2015

by  |  12-05-2022

One evening I was rummaging about the cellar and stumbled upon this wine from Sainte Croix in the Corbières AOC of Languedoc, France. It admittedly had been there for awhile as I’d come into possession... more » One evening I was rummaging about the cellar and stumbled upon this... more »

In The Glass: Peter Jakob Kühn Quarzit Tröcken 2017

by  |  25-04-2022

Obviously the world is quite topsy-turvy at the moment and before you say, “Um, duh.” let me just toss on to the dumpster fire in that the other night I actually drank a Riesling, by... more » Obviously the world is quite topsy-turvy at the moment and before you... more »

In The Glass: Gritelles – Manou 2019

by  |  01-02-2022

“Reduction”, as defined by the Oxford Companion to Wine, is a: “chemical reaction that is in effect the complement of oxidation and one in which an element or compound gains electrons.” That’s obviously quite scientific... more » “Reduction”, as defined by the Oxford Companion to Wine, is a: “chemical... more »

In The Glass – Viña Verraco Syrah 2020

by  |  04-01-2022

I’m willing to say that it’s something of a Golden Age for the wine producers of Baja California in Mexico. They produce the vast majority of Mexican wine (the subzone of Valle de Guadalupe alone... more » I’m willing to say that it’s something of a Golden Age for... more »

In The Glass: Dalamára Naoussa 2018

by  |  29-09-2021

In the fall of 2015 I was at a wine dinner in Athens, Greece that was unsurprisingly, showcasing Greek wines. Both the food and the wine were stupendous and I’ve sadly yet to return to... more » In the fall of 2015 I was at a wine dinner in... more »

In The Glass: Bodegas San Alejandro – Evodia 2019

by  |  03-09-2021

This is a wine I tasted at Bodegas San Alejandro for the DO Calatayud Report last spring. Quite simply, it’s 100% Grenache, aged in concrete (tanks and eggs) with only neutral French and American oak... more » This is a wine I tasted at Bodegas San Alejandro for the... more »

In The Glass: Rough Day Rosé 2020

by  |  02-07-2021

And now for something a bit different: Bulgarian wine! And… yet the same: rosé! I think Fake Booze did an exceptionally tight take down on how banal writing about drinks during the summer can be... more » And now for something a bit different: Bulgarian wine! And… yet the... more »