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The last freakin’ article on the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris

by  |  12-07-2016

For anyone who follows wine news (and let’s be honest, that’s not a terribly large chunk of humanity) you’ll have seen countless articles about the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris, the seminal wine... more » For anyone who follows wine news (and let’s be honest, that’s not... more »

Catalan BBQ wine gets a new look: Castell del Remei Gotim

by  |  04-07-2016

It’s been four Julys in a row that I’ve not been in the US for Independence Day on the 4th. This isn’t something that I consider to be the utmost of tragedies as it’s a... more » It’s been four Julys in a row that I’ve not been in... more »

Tasting the tops of Torres

by  |  24-05-2016

For the August issue of Decanter (which will be out at the beginning of July) I wrote up a profile about Miguel Torres Jr. who, since 2012 has been the General Director of the Torres... more » For the August issue of Decanter (which will be out at the... more »
Definitely a different take on the Burgundy bottle

Ribera del Guadiana & Pago Los Balancines – Mata Negra 2012

by  |  24-03-2016

This bottle was another random find at Lidl which is quickly becoming my go-to shop for playing “Wine Roulette”. To be embarrassingly honest, I thought it was a bottle from Ribera del Duero and while... more » This bottle was another random find at Lidl which is quickly becoming... more »
Their dormant vineyards in Garraf

A further taste of Alemany i Corrio

by  |  24-02-2016

In my much longer article about the “rebellious” winemakers of DO Penedès, I made but a brief mention of Irene Alemany and her winery, Alemany i Corrio. They are to a large degree, the anti-Penedès... more » In my much longer article about the “rebellious” winemakers of DO Penedès,... more »

Finca Parera – Faust 1.0 (2010)

by  |  18-02-2016

It was quite random that I met Ruben Parera of Finca Parera one day. Albert Costa of Vall Llach was doing a pruning and grafting tour for the father and son team of Archè Pagés... more » It was quite random that I met Ruben Parera of Finca Parera... more »

Collemassari – Bolgheri Rosso 2010

by  |  20-12-2015

During a trip to Valpolicella a few months ago, on the last day, we found ourselves having lunch on the eastern shore of Lake Garda in the village of Torri del Benaco. It’s a very... more » During a trip to Valpolicella a few months ago, on the last... more »

In The Glass: Celler de l’Encastell – Marge 2013

by  |  23-11-2015

There are some cellars in Priorat that just happily stay in the background, producing great wines, selling them, and then producing more. They give the impression that great winemaking is easy (it’s not, I know)... more » There are some cellars in Priorat that just happily stay in the... more »

The vertical of the Vall Llachs

by  |  15-09-2015

On Saturday, August 29th, Albert Costa, the co-owner and winemaker of Vall Llach in Porrera along with famous folk singer and co-owner Lluís Llach, Priorat held a press tasting that featured a vertical of every... more » On Saturday, August 29th, Albert Costa, the co-owner and winemaker of Vall... more »

A tasty sample of Moroccan wine

by  |  04-09-2015

In July I was able to experience the summer in Morocco (it’s damned hot), Ramadan (everything is closed and people are really tired), and the wines which you can see a much large profile of,... more » In July I was able to experience the summer in Morocco (it’s... more »