Taking a balanced look at the Priorats16-05-2016

Whether viewing it as a yolk and its white or a donut and its hole, it’s hard not to see DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant closely linked given that the latter wraps nearly completely around... more>

These wines of solidarity04-03-2016

Despite this being a rather mild winter, even for Mediterranean standards, it seems that once spring arrives, there is a change of heart for people and they are more open and giving. Perhaps it’s for... more>
Milk chocolate, Vi de Panses, dark chocolate, Arrels del Priorat

Wine & Chocolate, ergh02-02-2016

This originally ran on my column at Barcelona Metropolitan but I present it here in its full length Being originally American, I grew up steeped in the tradition of Valentine’s Day which arrives on the... more>

Cava, for that bubbly time of year08-12-2015

This is an expanded version of my monthly column for Barcelona Metropolitan For those who love sparkling wines, this is a great time of year. However, the festive season can be a minefield of lesser... more>

The evolution of Espelt02-10-2015

This is the full-length version of my October column (here as well) and forms a small introduction to an eventually much larger article about the last eight years of Espelt. In 2007, Espelt was one... more>

Spotlight on Xarel·lo31-08-2015

Good lord I’ve gotten to love the Xarel·lo grape and this month, in my Barcelona Metroplitan column, I pay a loving tribute to it. While Xarel·lo (pronounced sha-rel-lu in Catalan) is a white grape widely... more>

Penedès, so fresh and so cold04-08-2015

This originally ran on my monthly column although in a much shorter, print “friendly” format. I’m not going out on a limb to say that we’ve had more than our share of hot weather this... more>

Terra Alta & Lafou’s White Grenache05-05-2015

From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan (also here) As the furthest south Denomination of Origin in Catalonia, Terra Alta is oft unknown by most. Admittedly I was quite daft as to what they were... more>

In Small Packages15-04-2015

From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan (also here) As it is said it Catalan, Al pot petit hi ha la bona confitura which roughly translated to English means, “big things come in small packages”.... more>

Wines from a Stone05-03-2015

From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan (also here), I offer up the profile of two wines from Vins de Pedra. A well-known winery from Empordà is La Vinyeta and is run by husband and... more>