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In The Glass: Bodegas San Alejandro – Evodia 2019

by  |  03-09-2021

This is a wine I tasted at Bodegas San Alejandro for the DO Calatayud Report last spring. Quite simply, it’s 100% Grenache, aged in concrete (tanks and eggs) with only neutral French and American oak... more » This is a wine I tasted at Bodegas San Alejandro for the... more »

The wine trains of Spain

by  |  01-09-2021

For those coming to Spain I’ve noticed that there’s a tendency to underestimate just how big Spain actually is. Spoiler, it’s big, like, California big but squarish instead of rectangularish. Travelers often think it’s a... more » For those coming to Spain I’ve noticed that there’s a tendency to... more »

El Escocés Volante – Flying around Calatayud

by  |  02-08-2021

I’ve never lacked for wine on the table when in the presence of Norrel Robertson. Whether while it’s having post-judging drinks after a wine competition in Madrid or a Master of Wine seminar in Rioja,... more » I’ve never lacked for wine on the table when in the presence... more »

Villota, a bend in the river

by  |  22-07-2021

Laserna, Álava, at the border of Basque Country and La Rioja doesn’t offer terribly much in terms of sights. A main road narrowly winds its way through the few houses of the village, the old... more » Laserna, Álava, at the border of Basque Country and La Rioja doesn’t... more »

Wines outside the lines: Bodegas Frontonio

by  |  30-06-2021

Alpartir, Spain isn’t a destination on any wine map of the country. Even in a non-wine context, I’d never heard a whisper of the place before. While it’s about 10km south of a larger town... more » Alpartir, Spain isn’t a destination on any wine map of the country.... more »

The mightiness of Mencía

by  |  23-06-2021

For the June, 2021 edition of wine magazine World of Fine Wine, I’m happy to have contributed an extensive profile of the Spanish grape variety, Mencía. For those unfamiliar with this publication, it’s an impressive... more » For the June, 2021 edition of wine magazine World of Fine Wine,... more »
Map of new Cava zones, DO Cava

Spanish wine DO overs?

by  |  21-06-2021

Various news outlets have been circulating the new changes to DO Cava recently that are mainly about the application of subzone names and a change to the grouping of aging tiers. Why are they circulating... more » Various news outlets have been circulating the new changes to DO Cava... more »

The state of DO Calatayud 2021

by  |  16-06-2021

My first encounter with DO Calatayud was picking up a wine over 15 years ago at a shop in San Francisco, thinking that it was from Catalunya. I don’t know how many people may have... more » My first encounter with DO Calatayud was picking up a wine over... more »

In The Glass: Olivier Rivière- Rayos Uva 2019

by  |  26-05-2021

I don’t know when, but someday we’ll look back from a vantage point far, far in the future and say, “So… why on earth did people think Rioja wines had to be almost all Tempranillo?”... more » I don’t know when, but someday we’ll look back from a vantage... more »

A Southern European selection of François Lurton

by  |  03-05-2021

François Lurton is but one member of the vast Lurton family, long-established in Bordeaux. If you’d like to read up on their history, I’d recommend having a look at this article as I would but... more » François Lurton is but one member of the vast Lurton family, long-established... more »