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The latest from Sierra de Toloño in Rioja Alavesa

by  |  15-04-2021

An imposing as well as important piece of Rioja’s geography are the Cantabrian Mountains in the north that act as a guard against the worst of the Atlantic Ocean’s intentions. It isn’t just one range... more » An imposing as well as important piece of Rioja’s geography are the... more »

In The Glass – Verónica Ortega – ROC 2017

by  |  09-04-2021

Verónica Ortega is no stranger to these pages. I reviewed her Cobrana 2016 two years ago and she’s been a winemaker I’ve watched closely since first meeting her just over seven years ago at Vinisud... more » Verónica Ortega is no stranger to these pages. I reviewed her Cobrana... more »

The state of DO Bierzo in 2021

by  |  05-04-2021

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Bierzo region in northwestern Spain is in the middle of nowhere. Its main town and capital, Ponferrada is three hours by car from the airport in Vigo... more » It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Bierzo region in northwestern... more »

In The Glass – Viñas Serranas – El Ciclón 2017

by  |  15-03-2021

I always feel an electric charge cross my skin when I encounter a wine which lists its variety composition as “others” or “field blend”. It’s an exciting game of wine roulette as sometimes the wine... more » I always feel an electric charge cross my skin when I encounter... more »

In The Glass – Zabdi – Bonastero 2018

by  |  24-02-2021

While maybe not a universal household name in terms of Spanish wine regions (yet), the Denomination of Origin Toro in the region of Castilla y León has come a long way in a rather short... more » While maybe not a universal household name in terms of Spanish wine... more »

Why Sherry is reviving

by  |  22-02-2021 ~ 3 Comments

It's the news that Sherry producers have been waiting literally decades to hear: Sherry sales have increased! As was recently reported in terms of the UK (a principal market for the wine), Sherry sales have... more » It's the news that Sherry producers have been waiting literally decades to... more »
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Tasting the current line of Bodegas Protos

by  |  17-02-2021

There are many great aspects of Bodegas Protos in Ribera del Duero, but for the sake of this article there are two that stand out as the most important. The first is that they make... more » There are many great aspects of Bodegas Protos in Ribera del Duero,... more »

Tasting Descendientes de J. Palacios 2019

by  |  10-02-2021

Last October, in one of the few open windows for travel in between the lockdowns that we keep experiencing during this pandemic, I made a trip to Bierzo to taste their wines and compile research... more » Last October, in one of the few open windows for travel in... more »

A tasting of Sommos Garnacha

by  |  03-02-2021

The last day I was up in Barbastro to research the Somontano Report, I visited Sommos to sit down with the winemaker, José Javier Echandi, over lunch and discuss what they’re doing in their massive,... more » The last day I was up in Barbastro to research the Somontano... more »

The state of DO Somontano for 2021

by  |  01-02-2021

Secreted away along a bend in the Vero River, Barbastro is a surprisingly large town of nearly 17,000 people in north-eastern Aragón. It’s historic as well, having been founded during Roman times when it was... more » Secreted away along a bend in the Vero River, Barbastro is a... more »