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The definitive wine guide for Valentine’s Day

by  |  12-02-2021 ~ 6 Comments

Hot on the tails of the Definitive Wine Guide for Thanksgiving and the Definitive Wine Guide for Christmas, it's high time to take on yet another holiday--the most famous one in mid-February. Were you feeling... more » Hot on the tails of the Definitive Wine Guide for Thanksgiving and... more »
Going your own way means a lot more paperwork

Revisiting the disclosure issue in wine writing

by  |  20-01-2021 ~ 8 Comments

The assault on journalism never stops. Just within the last week I've seen two grave ethical violations of purported "journalism" in wine, and these are but the latest examples... One was an article about Georgian... more » The assault on journalism never stops. Just within the last week I've... more »

Wine Instagram 2020, a window into drinking widely

by  |  04-01-2021 ~ 2 Comments

"Well, it tastes good to me..." I don't know who I'm borrowing this from as others have said it prior to me in that if you want to learn about wine, drink a different wine,... more » "Well, it tastes good to me..." I don't know who I'm borrowing... more »

The Great Gazpacho Tasting 2020

by  |  10-08-2020 ~ 5 Comments

There are but two things which will unite any person holding a Spanish passport: an utter hatred of politicians and a complete love of gazpacho. For those who might not know it, gazpacho is a... more » There are but two things which will unite any person holding a... more »

Don’t come around here no more

by  |  04-06-2020 ~ 4 Comments

It was amazing to see so much work put into such a campaign in Priorat. It was after all shared widely across social media. Our village notice systems were constantly broadcasting it as well. Even... more » It was amazing to see so much work put into such a... more »

Natural water

by  |  07-01-2020 ~ 1 Comment

The village casal is as attractive as it is utilitarian. A four-walled testament to the religion of concrete that dominated Spanish construction in the later 20th century, it does exactly what it needs to do... more » The village casal is as attractive as it is utilitarian. A four-walled... more »

Yes, #WineToo

by  |  11-11-2019 ~ 4 Comments

By now, most everyone has heard the unfortunate news about sommelier, Anthony Cailan and his reported sexual assault of various women that have both been his subordinates as well other women he's been in contact... more » By now, most everyone has heard the unfortunate news about sommelier, Anthony... more »

The curious business of drinking wine in Britain

by  |  25-10-2019

While the dinner was a pop-up, the location was anything but clandestine being set at Mortimer House in London. The food wasn't secret, radical, or some weird fusion thing served off the back of an... more » While the dinner was a pop-up, the location was anything but clandestine... more »

Why wine service matters

by  |  27-09-2019

I’ve been to a restaurant in Sant Gregori, Girona for several extended family meals on various days for these simple reasons: the food is quite good (see above), it’s not far-flung from civilization, and the... more » I’ve been to a restaurant in Sant Gregori, Girona for several extended... more »

Perhaps a #dryjuly for the future?

by  |  28-08-2019 ~ 4 Comments

When living in Spain, July and August mark the time of year that I patently hate as everything grinds to a halt--doubly so when there are the now annual strikes at the airport. While August... more » When living in Spain, July and August mark the time of year... more »