The Mas Doix – Lede Family partnership28-03-2019

In Priorat, you hear a great deal but often know very little. This was shown no better than hearing changes were afoot last year with Mas Doix in the village Poboleda but not really knowing... more>

Family wineries and the issue of Climate Change04-03-2019

Last week I was invited to a friendly, relaxed lunch in Barcelona, albeit one that was focused on the serious topic of Climate Change and how it relates to winemaking. The unfortunate joke behind the... more>

A review of “It Starts With Wine”25-02-2019

The passage of time has taught us that history repeats itself for those who refuse to learn it and wine, is exceptionally hard to capture on film. To date, I’m of the opinion that the... more>

A Judgment of Paris-y kind of tasting26-02-2018

The “Judgment of Paris” is one of those things that anyone the least bit tinged with wine will most likely never let go of. Big events in wine are often only big to wine people,... more>

Napa Valley after journalism13-03-2013

An article came out in Spain’s El País newspaper on Sunday which is now available to read online. The title is “Napa después de ‘Entre copas’” which in English is “Napa after Sideways” given that... more>

Restoring Inglenook30-04-2012

In what has become something of a rarity, the San Francisco Chronicle published a very lengthy, in depth, and well-written article about Francis Ford Coppola’s restoration of the Inglenook winery. While I’ve always liked Jon... more>

Down home, country wine30-09-2011

The initial call to Long Creek Winery went along the lines of: “Hi, any chance we could come over for a tasting?” “We only do ’em on Saturday.” “Okay, but I’m only in town today... more>

Let’s cool that bottle off a bit20-06-2011

The comic strip above from the generally always genius Wulffmorgenthaler does a pretty good job at rounding up the general approaches to wine tasting. Of course, it’s not always the case that everyone drinking wine... more>