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Adieu France – The regrafting of Catalan vineyards

by  |  09-03-2017

“I can’t speak for all of Spain, but Cabernet Sauvignon sucks in Catalunya. You pick it when it’s ripe and you’re going to be making dessert wine. You pick it before it raisins and it’s... more » “I can’t speak for all of Spain, but Cabernet Sauvignon sucks in... 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 »

A taste of Lledoner Roig

by  |  28-07-2015

As is the case with many old European wine grapes, Grenache Gris has a number of synonyms but one of the names you very rarely hear is “Lledoner Roig”. By no means is this due... more » As is the case with many old European wine grapes, Grenache Gris... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Espelt Garnacha Old Vines 2010

by  |  13-12-2012

When browsing wine selections in San Francisco, it’s always fun to see bottles from past journeys and say, “Oh yes, tried that. It was delicious.” But, every so often, something pops up which makes you... more » When browsing wine selections in San Francisco, it’s always fun to see... more »

Tasting at Espelt

by  |  03-01-2011

This is an article from our archives that was previously run on another site in May, 2007. Espelt is a youngish winery that was founded in 2000 on a family property in Vilajuïga in northeastern... more » This is an article from our archives that was previously run on... more »