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The Blason Louis experience

by  |  22-06-2017

A few months back, I was contacted by Blason Louis to receive a pack of their wine flaçons. I really had no idea what they were talking about as a bottle for wine is bouteille... more » A few months back, I was contacted by Blason Louis to receive... more »

Alta Alella’s Parvus

by  |  13-06-2017

I’ve been a fan of what Alta Alella has been doing for some time. In case you don’t believe me, have a look. To a large extent, they’ve been striving a great deal to drive... more » I’ve been a fan of what Alta Alella has been doing for... more »

A Poletti taste of Istria

by  |  04-04-2017

While at the Grand Tasting in February, in one of the masterclasses, I had the chance to taste the wines of Poletti, a Croatian winery located in Central Istria. Making wine for some six generations,... more » While at the Grand Tasting in February, in one of the masterclasses,... more »

Bodega Otazu’s Vitral, the 2,000€ ruse

by  |  24-02-2017

A few days ago, word came down that there is a new, ultra-premium-priced wine from Spain, the Bodega Otazu – Vitral 2013. Undeterred by the idea of a mere 1,000€ for Pingus or l’Ermita, they’ve... more » A few days ago, word came down that there is a new,... more »

Tasting four decades

by  |  21-01-2017

It’s a fun stunt to try and taste the decades of your life via bottles of wine. As one gets older, it becomes ever more difficult as the older wines get more scarce, somewhat giving... more » It’s a fun stunt to try and taste the decades of your... more »
Photo via winery press release

Abadal 3.9 is the newest Vi de Finca

by  |  19-12-2016

It has just been announced that Abadal’s 3.9 is be the newest Vi de Finca in Catalonia as certified by INCAVI, the Catalan wine authority. This now brings the total to nine of these certified... more » It has just been announced that Abadal’s 3.9 is be the newest... more »

Castell del Remei’s Oda Time

by  |  08-12-2016

I recently received some new wines from Castell del Remei. If you’ll recall (although I’d be thoroughly amazed if you did), I reviewed their younger wines a few months back. The Oda white and red... more » I recently received some new wines from Castell del Remei. If you’ll... more »

Shabo – Grand Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2014. Yes, Ukrainian wine.

by  |  06-12-2016

When returning from my recent trip to visit Armenian wineries, I had a layover in Kiev’s Boryspil Airport and despite reliable free wifi, there wasn’t much to do but wander around, eat a damned fine... more » When returning from my recent trip to visit Armenian wineries, I had... more »

Abadal – 3.9 2011

by  |  29-10-2016

There are some DOs in Catalonia that are relatively unknown such as, Pla de Bages. Located very close to Barcelona, this lesser known aspect is due not to the amount of production but the fact... more » There are some DOs in Catalonia that are relatively unknown such as,... more »

Bridging wine’s language silos

by  |  30-09-2016

Vinum is a wine shop in my adopted village of Porrera where it’s usually the mother of the family that owns it, Cori who you’ll find behind the counter. She’s from the next county over,... more » Vinum is a wine shop in my adopted village of Porrera where... more »