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VdT Castilla y León wines, for when DO doesn’t do it

by  |  04-12-2018

Perhaps you’ve never heard of it but the Spanish Autonomous Community of Castilla y León is the country’s largest. And no, it’s not Castilla y La Mancha of Don Quixote fame as that’s another region... more » Perhaps you’ve never heard of it but the Spanish Autonomous Community of... more »

“Carinyena”, the original Carignan now free to be itself

by  |  29-11-2018 ~ 8 Comments

Carignan doesn't see a whole lotta love. It's most certainly no Pinot Noir nor Chardonnay nor Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of name recognition nor pan-global wine enjoyment. It's not even at the level of Grenache... more » Carignan doesn't see a whole lotta love. It's most certainly no Pinot... more »

Bodegas Roda – Sela 2015

by  |  29-07-2018

I’ve been following the evolution of this Sela from Bodegas Roda for some time now and you can read up what I wrote about the 2013 and 2014 vintages. For anyone unfamiliar with the winery,... more » I’ve been following the evolution of this Sela from Bodegas Roda for... more »

Coming to terms: Vicente Gandía – Bobal Único 2015

by  |  16-07-2018

I’m not terribly old yet (I think) but I’m sure I’m already starting to repeat myself. I meet a lot of people and I give a lot of talks on things so I just get... more » I’m not terribly old yet (I think) but I’m sure I’m already... more »

And that’s Albariño, Pazo Señorans Colección 2014

by  |  29-06-2018

Albariño, and to a greater extent, DO Rías Baixas has been one of the many success stories in Spanish wine. I’d warrant that if hard pressed to name a Spanish white grape, the one that... more » Albariño, and to a greater extent, DO Rías Baixas has been one... more »

Another hit of El Escocés Volante: Manda Huevos 2014

by  |  30-05-2018

Coming round to another of the wines from Norrel Robertson’s El Escocés Volante gives me the chance to link to two previous articles, this one which talks more about Norrel and his project as well... more » Coming round to another of the wines from Norrel Robertson’s El Escocés... more »

Celebrating single grape diversity: Grenaches du Monde 2018 & Grenache³

by  |  15-04-2018

Today closes the 6th edition of Grenaches du Monde, an event that, much like Grenache itself has been a roving vagabond, seeing itself set up shop wherever Grenache has made its presence known. While starting... more » Today closes the 6th edition of Grenaches du Monde, an event that,... more »

Great Scot, he flies! Also, El Puño Garnacha 2013

by  |  09-02-2018

Sorry, there were just too many options in the title not to take a crack at something “clever”… -ish. The more tame (and probably smarter) option was “When a Master makes a wine”. The reason... more » Sorry, there were just too many options in the title not to... more »

The 4€ Bierzo Mencía experience

by  |  12-10-2017

I have something of a Modern Art-like fascination with the grocery store chain, Lidl. The implementation of their stores varies wildly from one country to another and in some stores, such as those in the... more » I have something of a Modern Art-like fascination with the grocery store... more »

A further tasting of Bodega Otazu

by  |  10-10-2017

When the mega top-end “Vitral” by Bodega Otazu was announced earlier this year, I wrote a critique of the overall approach of creating what is for all purposed a “cult wine”, one which is created... more » When the mega top-end “Vitral” by Bodega Otazu was announced earlier this... more »