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Cul de Cuvée 25-06-2021

by  |  25-06-2022 ~ 1 Comment

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world served up "mostly fresh" for your enjoyment. As it turns out you can grab a bull by the horns and... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »
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The first “Vi de Mas” certifications arrive to DO Penedès

by  |  22-06-2022

It was just back in November of 2021 that Catalunya’s DO Penedès announced a massive overhaul of their bylaws with most of the changes aimed at re-orienting the region via a “10-year plan”. One of... more » It was just back in November of 2021 that Catalunya’s DO Penedès... more »

The state of DO Montsant 2022

by  |  20-06-2022

I’m very happy to be releasing the latest tasting report for DO Montsant today. Over half of the nearly 90 wines tasted resided within the vintage boundaries of 2018, 2019, and 2020. But, with 1/4... more » I’m very happy to be releasing the latest tasting report for DO... more »

The Hail Mary to save La Palma’s vine heritage

by  |  15-06-2022

It was on September 19th, 2021 that the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge in the island of la Palma, Spain began a massive, three-month long eruption. It’s no small thing to say that this was a... more » It was on September 19th, 2021 that the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge... more »

Cul de Cuvée 11-06-2022

by  |  11-06-2022

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world served up "mostly fresh" for your enjoyment. Well Sue Gray really put the "downer" in Downing Street as now that... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

The state of AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2022

by  |  31-05-2022

I’d missed that view of the “Pope’s new castle” seen above. It’s striking in how it lords over the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, making for spectacular photos whether day or night. My longing for it was... more » I’d missed that view of the “Pope’s new castle” seen above. It’s... more »

SOMM a decade on, the aftermath of a documentary

by  |  26-05-2022 ~ 4 Comments

There are few if any films that have had such a profound impact on the wine world than the original SOMM film from 2012. I'm reminded of this constantly such as when I was leading... more » There are few if any films that have had such a profound... more »

Ukraine’s wine people finding homes around Europe

by  |  20-05-2022

The war in Ukraine continues to be a heinous atrocity. The only thing that's clear now is that there will be no resolution any time soon, especially as Russia seems hell-bent to grind on despite... more » The war in Ukraine continues to be a heinous atrocity. The only... more »

Bordeaux 2021, En Primeur

by  |  18-05-2022

After three years away, the world’s wine professionals landed upon Bordeaux this spring for the (previously) annual En Primeur campaign covering the 2021 vintage. The general takeaway? Great estates made great wines. All others, take... more » After three years away, the world’s wine professionals landed upon Bordeaux this... more »

Cul de Cuvée 07-05-2022

by  |  07-05-2022 ~ 3 Comments

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. In bubbly-treason news, it appears that Anatoly Shariy won't be enjoying much Cava any time soon. The Ukrainian who seemed... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »