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The demise of “Atwater & Clough”, a cautionary enotourism tale

by  |  17-03-2020

The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook in later 2019 was the biggest news to hit the travel industry in a long time--until of course COVID-19 emerged. This large, venerable travel agency collapsing meant tens of thousands... more » The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook in later 2019 was the biggest news... more »

Torres brings Forcada to the forefront

by  |  11-03-2020 ~ 2 Comments

Spanish winemaking stalwart, Torres has announced an expansion of Forcada grape plantings near the village of la Llacuna in Alt Penedès. Embracing their overall plan to reintroduce this grape into production, they've planted the vines... more » Spanish winemaking stalwart, Torres has announced an expansion of Forcada grape plantings... more »

DO Empordà first region in Spain to allow the Carinyena Blanca grape

by  |  04-03-2020

It has finally been announced in the almighty, Official Spanish State Bulletin (Boletín Oficial del Estado) that Carinyena Blanca (White Carignan) will be allowed for use in DO Empordà starting with the 2020 harvest, making... more » It has finally been announced in the almighty, Official Spanish State Bulletin... more »

Catalan exports up, wine down. Time to bend tariffs?

by  |  28-02-2020

The Catalan Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing, and Foods (Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació) had their annual round table meeting this week to discuss final figures for 2019. The good news is that exports of... more » The Catalan Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing, and Foods (Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca... more »
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El Mas d’Edetària Selecció, the first ‘Vi de Finca’ in DO Terra Alta

by  |  07-02-2020

And now for some much-needed good news in wine: I'm happy to report that there's been a new Vi de Finca announced which is also the first one from DO Terra Alta! Yes, "El Mas... more » And now for some much-needed good news in wine: I'm happy to... more »

The ‘solidarity’ efforts to rebuild the Rendéu Masdéu cellar in Conca de Barberà

by  |  29-01-2020

These have not been the finest of months for wineries when it comes to Mother Nature... and sadly, probably won't be the last that we've seen. Fires have ravaged Southeastern Australia destroying cellars, homes, vineyards,... more » These have not been the finest of months for wineries when it... more »
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And then there were 10: Celler Descregut joins Corpinnat

by  |  20-01-2020

While they were some of the absolute best Cava producers, it was admittedly just a handful of them who left to form Corpinnat last year. Momentum appears to be gaining however as shown by the... more » While they were some of the absolute best Cava producers, it was... more »

Best Catalan wine of 2019

by  |  16-12-2019

We come to that time of year for the "100 Best Wines in the Whole Universe" or other similarly-named yet no less grandiose summaries in wine publications. Obviously, they'd be more aptly named, "The Best... more » We come to that time of year for the "100 Best Wines... more »

The terror of wine people gifting has arrived

by  |  05-12-2019 ~ 1 Comment

Oh... sweet sweaty Bacchus, it's happened again, hasn't it? Thanksgivings in the US and Canada have passed along with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Impulse Buy Tuesday. And you now painfully realize that another year... more » Oh... sweet sweaty Bacchus, it's happened again, hasn't it? Thanksgivings in the... more »

What the new DO Rueda classifications mean

by  |  02-12-2019 ~ 4 Comments

DO Rueda has announced a hefty overhaul of their governing rules or pliego de condiciones. For a DO that most people think of in terms of, "White wines. Verdejo grape, a little Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh,... more » DO Rueda has announced a hefty overhaul of their governing rules or... more »
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