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A further tasting of Bodega Otazu

by  |  10-10-2017

When the mega top-end “Vitral” by Bodega Otazu was announced earlier this year, I wrote a critique of the overall approach of creating what is for all purposed a “cult wine”, one which is created... more » When the mega top-end “Vitral” by Bodega Otazu was announced earlier this... more »
Judean Hills gents: Golan Flam, Doron Rav Hon, Eli-Gilbert Ben-Zaken, Eran Pick MW

An update on Israeli wines

by  |  30-08-2017

It’s something of an interesting time for the wines of Israeli as a number of the very quality-conscious producers are digging into that third dimension of wine, “terroir”. They’re working to further flesh out and... more » It’s something of an interesting time for the wines of Israeli as... 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 »

Alta Alella – Mirgin Opus Evolutium 2013

by  |  19-05-2017

At the age of 19 I was in awe when staring at a pair of bright yellow soccer cleats in a shop until I realized that I would need skills on the field far beyond... more » At the age of 19 I was in awe when staring at... 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 »

Burgundy 2016

by  |  28-11-2016

When in Burgundy in March for Grands Jour, it was happier times. The winemakers had come off of the very good and excellent vintages of 2014 and 2015–something generally unheard of in this exalted, yet... more » When in Burgundy in March for Grands Jour, it was happier times.... more »

Never mind the grapes, here’s the yeast

by  |  18-07-2016

It seems I have a never-ending treasure trove of articles from the ICCWS 2016 held in Brighton this past May. There was one session that was particularly interesting (well, maybe really) and it was about... more » It seems I have a never-ending treasure trove of articles from the... more »

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 »
The tasting at Nuits St. George

The days of Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2016

by  |  11-05-2016

It may be different for others but I suppose due to the general price of the wines and the limited production, I've always thought of Burgundy as something of an enigma. Sure, wine is wine... more » It may be different for others but I suppose due to the... more »

Chablis Throwdown: Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fèvre

by  |  27-02-2016

Chablis is Chardonnay. Chardonnay is Chablis. This simple statement is one of the defining aspects to this northern part of Burgundy viticulture. Naturally, anyone who has in front of them a bottle of say, Californian... more » Chablis is Chardonnay. Chardonnay is Chablis. This simple statement is one of... more »