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A Priorat tasting of Carignan without borders

by  |  02-05-2018

Fully booked! Sorry for those who couldn’t get in this time around! I have admittedly been a bit crazy about Carignan lately. It’s no wonder as I posted this large, “Grand Tasting of Carignan” from... more » Fully booked! Sorry for those who couldn’t get in this time around!... more »

Celebrating single grape diversity: Grenaches du Monde 2018 & Grenache³

by  |  15-04-2018

Today closes the 6th edition of Grenaches du Monde, an event that, much like Grenache itself has been a roving vagabond, seeing itself set up shop wherever Grenache has made its presence known. While starting... more » Today closes the 6th edition of Grenaches du Monde, an event that,... more »

The Grand Carignan Tasting

by  |  08-01-2018

There existed a time when I was daft to the wiles and wonders of the grape, Carignan. Despite pockets of old vines in California it was essentially a lost variety. Little thought and even less... more » There existed a time when I was daft to the wiles and... more »

Serra Barceló – The Octònia Time Machine

by  |  23-12-2017

Josep Serra (not to be confused with the la Vinyeta one) has in his possession two very nice vineyards that he bought back in 1998 which are located within the boundaries of the Capçanes village.... more » Josep Serra (not to be confused with the la Vinyeta one) has... more »

Introducing Cal Bessó

by  |  13-12-2017

It was a hot July because it’d been a hot year and the weather in 2017 hadn’t given much of a damn as to the comfort of human beings, let alone grapes. But one day... more » It was a hot July because it’d been a hot year and... more »

The 8th VideNit changes things up

by  |  05-07-2017

This past weekend saw the 8th edition of “VideNit” hosted at the rural hotel of Mas Figueres in Marçà. It marked a rather large change from the previous seven events as they’ve moved it to... more » This past weekend saw the 8th edition of “VideNit” hosted at the... more »

Tast del Decenni of 2007 in 2017

by  |  11-05-2017

What is now my fourth sojourn into the world of Priorat wine with a decade to its name, I attended the Tast del Decenni or “Decade Tasting” last week. You can read the notes of... more » What is now my fourth sojourn into the world of Priorat wine... more »

Tast del Decenni of 2007 DO Montsant

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Following are the tastings notes for the 2007 DO Montsant wines. Please read my reflections on this tasting and the vintage as a whole first. Not that while I’m quite happy normally using my three... more » Following are the tastings notes for the 2007 DO Montsant wines. Please... 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 »

Vinyes d’en Gabriel – Cuvilà 2014

by  |  09-11-2016

As I mentioned in the article about the vintage of 2014, it was not an easy year and a rough go for the winemakers. In general, there seemed to be two camps in dealing with... more » As I mentioned in the article about the vintage of 2014, it... more »