The wines of DO Pla de Bages for 2020

by  |  09-12-2020

For those who may not know it, DO Pla de Bages is Catalunya’s second-smallest denomination of origin (the first being DO Alella). How small does that make it? Well, it has 15 registered cellars, four... more »

In The Glass: Abadal Matís 2017

by  |  13-06-2020

There is a wealth of choice in the world of wine today from which I received this curiosity by Abadal recently. I say, “curiosity” as it’s a new wine where they heavily feature Mandó, a... more »

DO Pla de Bages gets another bump

by  |  27-04-2019

DO Pla de Bages in Central Catalunya has just announced the official addition of Celler Sant Miquel d’Oló. Normally, a new cellar added to a DO wouldn’t merit note but given that it takes the... more »

What once was lost: Abadal – Mandó 2016

by  |  22-10-2018

When the spare thought allows, I often wonder how the vinous landscape of Europe would look today were it not for the scourge of Phylloxera in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. The root... more »

Recuperating ancient grape varieties in Pla de Bages

by  |  25-04-2018

Over the last 15 years in Spain, there has been a heavy push to preserve old buildings using public funds that were otherwise crumbling into ruin and oblivion. Some might read this cynically as simply... 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 »

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 »

DO Pla de Bages

by  |  26-07-2016

A very, very small DO in Catalonia (and even more so in greater Spain), Pla de Bages is often overlooked. With only 15 cellars in total, it’s understandable as it’s not a heavy hitter in... more »

10 Sentits is back with Cat Negre 2012

by  |  11-12-2014

In Catalonia there exists a a marauding group of enologs who go anonymously as the “10 sentits” or “10 senses”. I’ve met some who know a member or two, but it seems that no one... more »