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“Over the Rainbow”, a very choice Covid-19 charity pack from DO Cariñena

by  |  25-05-2020

The town of Cariñena is quite literally at a crossroads. About a half hour southwest of Zaragoza in the Spanish region of Aragón, it sits on a rather vast, flat plateau around 500m in altitude.... more » The town of Cariñena is quite literally at a crossroads. About a... more »

Wine Advocate pisses off DO Ribeira Sacra

by  |  21-05-2020

On May 16th, the Denomination of Origin (DO) for Ribeira Sacra in Spain’s Galicia region took the rather atypical step of denouncing a recent report about the wines of this area in the Wine Advocate... more » On May 16th, the Denomination of Origin (DO) for Ribeira Sacra in... more »

How to get wine in Spain during the quarantine

by  |  30-03-2020 ~ 4 Comments

Trying to keep one's composure ain't easy these days and in no way should alcohol be turned to as a full-on escape from the troubles that surround us. Not only is this unhealthy but it's... more » Trying to keep one's composure ain't easy these days and in no... 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 »

The absolute best Rioja wines! (available in the UK…)

by  |  24-02-2020

If you’re going to hold a tasting that focuses on one of Spain’s oldest quality wine regions, a sure-fire way to juice it up a bit is to have the venue be one of the... more » If you’re going to hold a tasting that focuses on one of... 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 »

Judging the “Best Cava Sommelier” of 2019

by  |  14-11-2019

One can’t claim that the DO Cava hasn’t been active over the last few months. An important reason for the new boost is having a new president. Another is having changed up their communications department,... more » One can’t claim that the DO Cava hasn’t been active over the... more »

A book review of “The wines of northern Spain”

by  |  05-11-2019

Despite Spain's rubbing shoulders with France and Italy in terms of total wine produced, the number of texts about the country has always paled in comparison to these other two behemoths. It's so dire in... more » Despite Spain's rubbing shoulders with France and Italy in terms of total... more »

25 years of Torre Muga

by  |  14-10-2019

Mid-October in Barcelona is still Mediterranean in terms of weather as summer clings to the days but is yet graced by a glint of cool air coming in at the fringes of the season. This... more » Mid-October in Barcelona is still Mediterranean in terms of weather as summer... more »

In The Glass: Viña Tondonia – Rosado Gran Reserva 2008

by  |  23-08-2019

Much like politics these days, the concept of “unicorn wine” drives me a bit bonkers. For those who’ve not found their Instagram awash in its eleven-lettered presence, essentially they’re wines that are so rare and... more » Much like politics these days, the concept of “unicorn wine” drives me... more »