DOC Rioja: A look at Maturana Tinta

by  |  02-10-2023

It always seemed considerably easier when it came to the Rioja wine of yore. They were basically just Tempranillo, no? The options were either oak aged or then made in a very fresh, carbonic maceration... more »

The wines of DOC Rioja 2023

by  |  05-09-2023

Approaching a tasting of Rioja is a good deal like venturing into an ancient city for me. There is a vastness to the place and a great wealth of wonderful things, but you need to... more »

Eight Godello wines from Bierzo to know right now

by  |  07-08-2023

Over seven years ago, I wrote about Godello and said that “it’s at a crossroads in terms of its definition”. The reason behind that statement is that if one tries to whittle down an exact... more »

López de Heredia – Viña Tondonia Reserva 2011

by  |  17-07-2023

Despite the crippling writers and now actors strike in the US, we live in an age where we don’t generally suffer for choice in terms of the media that we consume whether that be in... more »

Viña Vilano, Ribera del Duero, Spain

by  |  07-07-2023

Here we have a look at a selection of current wines from Viña Vilano in DO Ribera del Duero. For those who regard Ribera del Duero as having “always” existed, the DO was only established... more »

Jerez, the #1 enotourism destination in Spain

by  |  05-07-2023

The city of Jerez, where the wines of Sherry are produced, has officially been announced as the #1 enotourism destination in all of Spain for 2022. This comes on the heels of growth overall in... more »

Sommos, Somontano, Spain

by  |  26-05-2023

Here we have a selection of wines all make from the Grenache variety in different interpretations by Bodega Sommos in DO Somontano. I first encountered them when writing up a regional report a few years... more »

Food Through Wine: Mallorca

by  |  17-05-2023

A regular series that reviews dining through the lens of wine. It seems only fitting that if one is to talk about Mallorcan wines, when one should talk about where to eat in Mallorca. Whenever... more »

Six wines from Mallorca to know right now

by  |  15-05-2023

So we arrive to the middle of May and undoubtedly there are people out there making summer travel plans which might very well include Spain. And of those heading to Spain, perhaps the island of... more »

The down & dirty guide to Madrid’s wine bars

by  |  14-04-2023

I don’t remember when I made my first trip to Madrid but I’ve been there too many times to count since. It was an easier trip than say Paris as it was a short flight... more »