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In The Glass: Toto Marqués – Prades 950 2016

by  |  01-07-2020

There’s been a justified push to promote “terroir” insofar as it relates to wine. This French word, which means “sense of place” or more simply, “locale” is all fine and good unless it’s the case... more » There’s been a justified push to promote “terroir” insofar as it relates... more »

In The Glass: Abadal Matís 2017

by  |  13-06-2020

There is a wealth of choice in the world of wine today from which I received this curiosity by Abadal recently. I say, “curiosity” as it’s a new wine where they heavily feature Mandó, a... more » There is a wealth of choice in the world of wine today... more »

In The Glass: AA Badenhorst – Family Blend Red 2015

by  |  01-06-2020

When interviewing a winemaker in Stellenbosch he told me, “You should head north. That’s where it’s all happening.” By “north” he meant, Swartland, the region around Malmesbury about an hour northeast of Cape Town. This... more » When interviewing a winemaker in Stellenbosch he told me, “You should head... more »

In The Glass: Celler Descregut – Horafosca 2017

by  |  22-04-2020

In the Variety Profile for Xarel·lo that just went out this week, I made a mention about delicate use of skin contact to coax even more out of what is already a great grape. This... more » In the Variety Profile for Xarel·lo that just went out this week,... more »

In The Glass: Niepoort Nat’cool Tinto 2017

by  |  13-04-2020 ~ 5 Comments

While the Niepoort name had piqued interest to buy this wine online, once it arrived, the presentation was a bit perplexing. The one liter bottle format was solid and welcome (Elisabeta Foradori does a similar... more » While the Niepoort name had piqued interest to buy this wine online,... more »

In the Glass: Domaine de Courcel – Bourgogne Rouge 2014

by  |  30-09-2019

To love the wines of Burgundy has for some time been a cursed passion as the prices for top wines make them far too costly to enjoy on regular occasion unless perhaps one is a... more » To love the wines of Burgundy has for some time been a... more »

In The Glass: Lectores Vini – Pomagrana 2018

by  |  09-09-2019

Trepat comes up with regularity on this site for good reason as it sits at that most delicate of intersections wherein it is approachable yet flavorful and not terribly alcoholic. This is no mean feat... more » Trepat comes up with regularity on this site for good reason as... more »

In The Glass: Viña Tondonia – Rosado Gran Reserva 2008

by  |  23-08-2019

Much like politics these days, the concept of “unicorn wine” drives me a bit bonkers. For those who’ve not found their Instagram awash in its eleven-lettered presence, essentially they’re wines that are so rare and... more » Much like politics these days, the concept of “unicorn wine” drives me... more »

In The Glass: Veronica Ortega – Cobrana 2016

by  |  10-05-2019

For some time, Mencía, a grape native to the Bierzo region, was the “Pinot Noir of the moment” for Spain. The comparison seems to always be made with any grape, Spanish or not, that’s red,... more » For some time, Mencía, a grape native to the Bierzo region, was... more »

A gateway to Lebanese wine: Hochar Père et Fils 2015

by  |  22-04-2019

There are random appearances of Château Musar’s “Grand Vin” at a wine and liquor shop in the Duty Free of Stansted Airport which seem to be dictated by the laws of chaos. The temptation has... more » There are random appearances of Château Musar’s “Grand Vin” at a wine... more »