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Carinyena Blanca: Tasting a grape that’s finding its place in Empordà

by  |  13-08-2019

Catalunya’s Denomination of Origin Empordà has just announced an institutional plan to “realize the potential” of the grape, Carinyena Blanca (White Carignan.) Going forward this will involve making it a permitted grape as per their... more » Catalunya’s Denomination of Origin Empordà has just announced an institutional plan to... more »

Empordà, wines from the wind

by  |  13-06-2017

Historically, Roussillon and Empordà were much more joined as the former comprised what used to be the northern portion of a larger Catalonia some 350 years ago. And despite now being the last bastion of... more » Historically, Roussillon and Empordà were much more joined as the former comprised... more »

The evolution of Espelt

by  |  02-10-2015

This is the full-length version of my October column (here as well) and forms a small introduction to an eventually much larger article about the last eight years of Espelt. In 2007, Espelt was one... more » This is the full-length version of my October column (here as well)... more »

An introduction to Empordà wines

by  |  13-06-2015

Many who come to the region of Costa Brava for holidays aren’t aware that there is a thriving wine scene waiting to be discovered that offers up no end of reasons to not buy some... more » Many who come to the region of Costa Brava for holidays aren’t... more »

Wines of the Cap de Creus, Catalonia

by  |  25-05-2015

For me, Cap de Creus has always been a special place. It was one of the first parts of DO Empordà that I started exploring in 2007 and the cellars there were the first of... more » For me, Cap de Creus has always been a special place. It... more »

Catalunya at Dalmcija Wine Expo 2015

by  |  16-05-2015

In returning to Dalmatia for the first time in many years, I attended the Dalmacija Wine Expo 2015 in Split and conducted a Master Class comparing three wines of Catalonia with three of Dalmatia. I... more » In returning to Dalmatia for the first time in many years, I... more »

Espelt Lledoner Roig 2013

by  |  21-04-2015

The only thing one can figure is that given how most grapes around the world come in a red/”black” variety and a “white” variety that those in between were deemed “grey” despite the fact that... more » The only thing one can figure is that given how most grapes... more »

The Sweet Lent

by  |  04-02-2015

From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan, I offer up a couple of “gateway sweet wines” for those who may have found this type of wine unfortunately scarring in the past. For those that fall... more » From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan, I offer up a couple... more »

In The Glass: Vins de Taller – Geum 2012

by  |  20-01-2015

It’s been tricky for the organic winery of Vins de Taller as while they’re an Empordà winery they’re not a DO Empordà winery. This is due mostly to sitting just outside the geographical borders of... more » It’s been tricky for the organic winery of Vins de Taller as... more »

What wineries can learn from Espelt’s new website

by  |  19-01-2015

I’ve known the wines of Celler Espelt for a very long time and have talked with director, Anna Espelt on various occasions to the point where I hold a great deal of respect for her... more » I’ve known the wines of Celler Espelt for a very long time... more »