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The rebirth of the Escanyavella grape in Priorat

by  |  20-05-2016

There existed many old grape varieties in Catalonia; many of them in much greater numbers before phylloxera. In the days that followed this catastrophic attack to European winemaking there was something of a viticultural reckoning... more » There existed many old grape varieties in Catalonia; many of them in... more »
Milk chocolate, Vi de Panses, dark chocolate, Arrels del Priorat

Wine & Chocolate, ergh

by  |  02-02-2016

This originally ran on my column at Barcelona Metropolitan but I present it here in its full length Being originally American, I grew up steeped in the tradition of Valentine’s Day which arrives on the... more » This originally ran on my column at Barcelona Metropolitan but I present... more »

Wildfire threat to Mas Martinet’s Els Escurçons vineyard

by  |  11-06-2015

A wildfire broke out in Gratallops, Priorat on June 9th on the mountains around Mas Martinet and quickly moved towards the vineyard of Els Escurçons. Planted in 2000 by Sara Peréz when she took over... more » A wildfire broke out in Gratallops, Priorat on June 9th on the... more »

Clos Mogador 2012

by  |  07-03-2015

Most anyone who knows Priorat wines knows the story of Clos Mogador. If not, buy the book. The winery is as much Priorat as Priorat is it. That’s an oversimplification and a bit ridiculous but... more » Most anyone who knows Priorat wines knows the story of Clos Mogador.... more »

Clos Garsed 1989

by  |  03-02-2015

The shortened form of Priorat history goes something along the lines of “The monks came in the 12th century. They made wine. René Barbier arrived in 1979, released a wine in 1989 with four other... more » The shortened form of Priorat history goes something along the lines of... more »

Three wine kings

by  |  06-01-2015

In countries where Christmas is celebrated there seems to be a split based upon whether you think gifts should be exchanged on Jesus’s birthday, December 25th or likely when the Three Kings showed up to... more » In countries where Christmas is celebrated there seems to be a split... more »

Sitting down with Fredi Torres

by  |  18-08-2014

Fredi Torres is a busy guy. If you follow his Instagram you’ll see that he’d often traveling, drinking good wine, eating good food, or just dealing with an overabundance of tomatoes. All joking aside, the... more » Fredi Torres is a busy guy. If you follow his Instagram you’ll... more »

Vi Ranci finally gets its due

by  |  01-03-2014

Vi Ranci is often avoided by people. We suppose it has to do with the name which directly translates from Catalan as “rancid wine”. Admittedly that’s not too appealing and sounds downright repulsive. The taste... more » Vi Ranci is often avoided by people. We suppose it has to... more »

A visit to the Clos Mogador

by  |  04-02-2013

In the late 1970s, René Barbier III and his wife, Isabelle Meyer sought out a new path in Priorat. Starting in an old warehouse outside of Gratallops for a cellar, with several friends they began... more » In the late 1970s, René Barbier III and his wife, Isabelle Meyer... more »

The wines & oil of Gratavinum

by  |  21-01-2013

It was one of those longer days of working on the Priorat guide that had us visiting several wineries in the morning. The afternoon though, had been cleared for Gratavinum several weeks previous though as... more » It was one of those longer days of working on the Priorat... more »