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Wines for la Cuesta de Enero/Uphill January

by  |  02-01-2020

To all who have survived family and the holidays, well done. Now we arrive to the cold, murky days of January, probably broke, or at at least a bit broken. You probably don't even want... more » To all who have survived family and the holidays, well done. Now... more »

Best Catalan wine of 2019

by  |  16-12-2019

We come to that time of year for the "100 Best Wines in the Whole Universe" or other similarly-named yet no less grandiose summaries in wine publications. Obviously, they'd be more aptly named, "The Best... more » We come to that time of year for the "100 Best Wines... more »

The DOQ Priorat & DO Montsant reports for 2019

by  |  23-09-2019

I’ve been tasting the wines of DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant for nearly a decade now and am quite happy to present tasting reports of each region’s current releases for 2019. Having written individual books... more » I’ve been tasting the wines of DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant for... more »

A look back at the 2012 vintage in Catalunya & Roussillon

by  |  01-09-2019

The other day someone wrote to inquire about the 2012 Clos Mogador and what my impressions were of it. While I enjoyed drinking it when initially released, I realized that instead of just talking about... more » The other day someone wrote to inquire about the 2012 Clos Mogador... more »

That chilling the red wine thing

by  |  25-07-2019

If this latest heatwave has shown us anything, it’s that there are a few more bends to go before we see the “shade” at the end of the tunnel which signals that another summer has... more » If this latest heatwave has shown us anything, it’s that there are... more »

Tast del Decenni 2019: The DOQ Priorat 2009 vintage

by  |  02-07-2019

In 2009, the heaviest shoe of the Global Financial Crisis had finally fallen. All the maneuvering, consolidating, and bailing of companies and governments truly came to a head for and was deeply affecting European countries,... more » In 2009, the heaviest shoe of the Global Financial Crisis had finally... more »

Velles Vinyes: DOQ Priorat releases the most stringent “old vines” definition in Spain & maybe the world

by  |  30-05-2019

When I first started getting into wine, if it said “Old Vines” on the label I would usually buy it. Being Californian, Zinfandel had a regular spot in my shopping cart but this grew to... more » When I first started getting into wine, if it said “Old Vines”... more »

The release of the “Paratge”. DOQ Priorat’s newest step up the Burgundian pyramid.

by  |  13-05-2019

Go and stand outside for a second. All that scenery you can see in front of you with your naked eye would be what is called in Catalan a, paratge and this week, the DOQ... more » Go and stand outside for a second. All that scenery you can... more »

The Mas Doix – Lede Family partnership

by  |  28-03-2019

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 » In Priorat, you hear a great deal but often know very little.... more »

Let’s talk about ’16 and Álvaro Palacios

by  |  25-03-2019

A decade ago, despite living just an hour away in San Francisco, my visits to Napa Valley were readily-dwindling in regularity as tourism was then and is now, out of control. But in a nearly-final... more » A decade ago, despite living just an hour away in San Francisco,... more »