RIP Philippe Geeraert

by  |  02-05-2016

I’m thoroughly unclear on what the objective of 2016 is other than to methodically kill off everyone involved with the wine world. With a string of high-profile winemakers dying in France as well as Zlatan Plenković in Croatia, it seems that the year is not finished as I was very, very unhappy to hear that Philippe Geeraert passed away last week. The name will probably be unfamiliar to most as he wasn’t a winemaker but a distiller. Philippe and his wife Brigitte came to Priorat many years ago from Belgium. In his “retirement” Philippe started distilling “aiguardent” (a Catalan/Spanish distillate similar to grappa) at his home. Due to how Spanish law regulating the distillation of alcohol works in favor of those producing vast quantities, he had to put in considerable work to get a small, craft distiller approved as small home stills had long ago been banned due to how […]
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