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Catalan Wines

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 »

Gaja Sito Moresco 2010

by  |  05-10-2015

Opening up an Italian wine is often opening up a bottle of hurt. While the Italian classification systems aren’t as difficult as the French, they’re not as straightforward as say, Spain. There exist multiple levels,... more » Opening up an Italian wine is often opening up a bottle of... more »

Label Grand Karakterre 2014

by  |  08-12-2014

Anyone within reach of Ljubljana, Slovenia or Zagreb, Croatia should set aside time this Friday and Saturday to attend the Label Grand Karakterre fair. This Central & Southeastern European fair of organic/natural wines is in... more » Anyone within reach of Ljubljana, Slovenia or Zagreb, Croatia should set aside... more »

A review of “Natural Resistance”

by  |  10-11-2014

At the press screening night for the Most Festival, I had the chance to see "Natural Resistance" at the Filmoteca in Barcelona. I was very excited to see the screening as Jonathan Nossiter's previous documentary... more » At the press screening night for the Most Festival, I had the... more »

Biondivino brings on the bruschetta

by  |  24-09-2014

Assuming that it is an actual word, we have great enamorosity of Ceri Smith and her shop, Biondivino in San Francisco. We’re addicted to her tastings as well as her recommendations and knowledge of Italian... more » Assuming that it is an actual word, we have great enamorosity of... more »

A glimpse of Chianti in the fall (Part 2)

by  |  31-12-2013

Back in October I spent a long weekend in the Chianti region of Tuscany and visited three quite different wineries that are all part of the Arezzo Wine Route. Read Part 1 of my recap... more » Back in October I spent a long weekend in the Chianti region... more »

A glimpse of Chianti in the fall (Part 1)

by  |  29-12-2013

As member of the Slow Food Barcelona board, back in October I was invited to attend an event in a small town in Tuscany for the 10th anniversary of the death of beloved Barcelonian writer... more » As member of the Slow Food Barcelona board, back in October I... more »

Tenuta Cavalier Pepe tasting

by  |  17-10-2013

Always looking to broaden our horizons, we were recently sent samples from the Tenuta Cavalier Pepe winery in the Campania region of Italy (just above the “toe” of Italy’s boot if you will.) Their vineyards... more » Always looking to broaden our horizons, we were recently sent samples from... more »

Un món de vi/Un monde de vin

by  |  26-04-2013

The battle lines have long been drawn in regards to the whole “natural wine” debate. While we’ve written about the growing trendiness of natural wine in Catalonia, the issues around this were further emphasized in... more » The battle lines have long been drawn in regards to the whole... more »