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A judgment in Grenache, Perpignan edition

by  |  22-05-2019

Taking the TGV from Perpignan in the direction of Spain gives you that brief glimpse of what being a protagonist in a billion-dollar superhero franchise must feel like. There’s this rush as you gain more... more » Taking the TGV from Perpignan in the direction of Spain gives you... more »

Cantine Belisario – La Roccaccia 2015

by  |  24-05-2018

As is often the case, I can’t for the life of me remember where I picked up this bottle of Verdicchio but I can remember why. It was the simple reason that it’s a grape... more » As is often the case, I can’t for the life of me... more »

Celebrating single grape diversity: Grenaches du Monde 2018 & Grenache³

by  |  15-04-2018

Today closes the 6th edition of Grenaches du Monde, an event that, much like Grenache itself has been a roving vagabond, seeing itself set up shop wherever Grenache has made its presence known. While starting... more » Today closes the 6th edition of Grenaches du Monde, an event that,... more »

The 10€ Barolo experience

by  |  06-03-2017

Barolo. One of the most elegant of Italian wines, this famed, delicate Piedmonte interpretation of the Nebbiolo grape has been treasured for years now. It must be noted that it’s a wine that could takes... more » Barolo. One of the most elegant of Italian wines, this famed, delicate... more »

Elisabetta Foradori: Fontanasanta Nosiola 2014 & Sgarzon 2013

by  |  15-02-2017

For some time I’ve been quite intrigued to taste the wines of Elisabetta Foradori. Cast up against the Dolomites, in that most curious of Italian wine regions, Trentino-Alto Adige, Elisabetta has been making wines from... more » For some time I’ve been quite intrigued to taste the wines of... more »

Finding ’14 & La Festa de la Verema

by  |  04-11-2016

Two years back, I wrote an account of the 2014 harvest which is where the photo above was from. It was nasty. What wasn’t desiccated was full of botrytis or then underripe and green. It... more » Two years back, I wrote an account of the 2014 harvest which... more »

Ceretto Barbaresco 2013, it does go boom

by  |  22-08-2016

If I were to tell you that Nebbiolo was spelled with two b’s, you’d look at me like I was an imbecile as yes, there are indeed two b’s in Nebbiolo. But, if I were... more » If I were to tell you that Nebbiolo was spelled with two... more »

Wrap-up review of, “The Wine Show”

by  |  25-07-2016

Last week marked the airing of the final episode for “The Wine Show“, a British production that aimed to do something daring: make wine actually approachable and enjoyable on the the small screen. This is... more » Last week marked the airing of the final episode for “The Wine... more »

DO Conca de Barberà is not the grape, Barbera

by  |  09-05-2016

With today’s regional focus being on the Catalan wine region, DO Conca de Barberà, it’s probably a good moment to chat about something that’s very easy to confuse in that this wine region has absolutely... more » With today’s regional focus being on the Catalan wine region, DO Conca... more »

Collemassari – Bolgheri Rosso 2010

by  |  20-12-2015

During a trip to Valpolicella a few months ago, on the last day, we found ourselves having lunch on the eastern shore of Lake Garda in the village of Torri del Benaco. It’s a very... more » During a trip to Valpolicella a few months ago, on the last... more »