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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 »

La cuesta de enero

by  |  02-01-2015

From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan, I offer up a selection of wines with a great quality-cost ratio. There are many here in Catalonia and as space was limited in print, I’ve included the... more » From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan, I offer up a selection... 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 » In Catalonia there exists a a marauding group of enologs who go... more »

The dangers of making wine

by  |  30-09-2014

Despite Russell Crowe wandering around vineyards and the work of making wine being seen through rose tinted glasses, it’s actually damned tough and at times, very dangerous. The earthquake in Napa Valley shook things up... more » Despite Russell Crowe wandering around vineyards and the work of making wine... more »

On Catalan Independence and wine

by  |  29-09-2014

With Catalan president, Artur Mas signing the authorization for the non-binding Catalan Independence Referendum on Saturday, it’s opened up a cyclone of questions, mainly due to the fact that Spain, unlike the more enlightened United... more » With Catalan president, Artur Mas signing the authorization for the non-binding Catalan... more »

A revised taste of Finca Bell Lloc

by  |  01-09-2014

The valley of Bell-Lloc is a curious place. Located on the other side of the highway from Palamós it’s not the easiest place to find in Baix Empordà although at some point after my Empordà... more » The valley of Bell-Lloc is a curious place. Located on the other... more »

Going with the flow in Empordà

by  |  10-07-2014

The summer is again not playing nice as just yesterday it was pouring rain and about 20C while I wrote this article, which is a slightly changed version of my latest on Barcelona Metropolitan. Still,... more » The summer is again not playing nice as just yesterday it was... more »

Of brothers Coca i Fitó

by  |  27-01-2014

When talking about the power family duo of Toni & Miquel, it’s best to quote a bit from our forthcoming DO Montsant guide: Growing up in the Catalan wine heartland of Alt Penedès, it’s amazing... more » When talking about the power family duo of Toni & Miquel, it’s... more »

In The Glass: Pago Diana Téria 2007

by  |  15-01-2014

In Empordà–well not exactly Empordà as it actually crosses in to Gironès as well–there is a winery called, Pago Diana. Not part of the DO Empordà due to geographic situation as well as grape choices,... more » In Empordà–well not exactly Empordà as it actually crosses in to Gironès... more »

DO Empordà

by  |  22-10-2013

For most people visiting Catalonia and its capital, Barcelona, wine isn’t often the first thing on their mind. Most of us head to the beach, shop, enjoy the nightlife, visit museums or meander about the... more » For most people visiting Catalonia and its capital, Barcelona, wine isn’t often... more »