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Spanning the years in Abadia de Poblet

by  |  07-09-2021

Up until the mid-19th century, wineries and monasteries were more often than not, the same thing. This came about as wine was something made by monastic orders for prayer and totally in no way because... more » Up until the mid-19th century, wineries and monasteries were more often than... more »

In The Glass: Bodegas San Alejandro – Evodia 2019

by  |  03-09-2021

This is a wine I tasted at Bodegas San Alejandro for the DO Calatayud Report last spring. Quite simply, it’s 100% Grenache, aged in concrete (tanks and eggs) with only neutral French and American oak... more » This is a wine I tasted at Bodegas San Alejandro for the... more »

A deep dive into the Garnatxa of Parés Baltà

by  |  09-08-2021

History can be an incredible teacher if of course one is willing to listen. This is doubly so in wine when it comes to tasting what was done in the past and it’s why vertical... more » History can be an incredible teacher if of course one is willing... more »

El Escocés Volante – Flying around Calatayud

by  |  02-08-2021

I’ve never lacked for wine on the table when in the presence of Norrel Robertson. Whether while it’s having post-judging drinks after a wine competition in Madrid or a Master of Wine seminar in Rioja,... more » I’ve never lacked for wine on the table when in the presence... more »

In The Glass: Álvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2019

by  |  19-07-2021

When I did the first round of research for the Vinologue Priorat book back in 2012, I did everything I could to taste every wine produced in DOQ Priorat at the time. Some required a... more » When I did the first round of research for the Vinologue Priorat... more »

Wines outside the lines: Bodegas Frontonio

by  |  30-06-2021

Alpartir, Spain isn’t a destination on any wine map of the country. Even in a non-wine context, I’d never heard a whisper of the place before. While it’s about 10km south of a larger town... more » Alpartir, Spain isn’t a destination on any wine map of the country.... more »

Tomas Cusiné goes small

by  |  09-06-2021

While Costers del Segre may be one of Catalunya’s most unknown Denominations of Origin (DOs), one of the most active and driven producers within it is, Tomàs Cusiné located in the village of Vilosell, in... more » While Costers del Segre may be one of Catalunya’s most unknown Denominations... more »

Vi Novell 2020 for a fresh summer treat

by  |  07-06-2021

There is ironically nothing new about vi novell here on this site as I’ve happily written about this style of wine previously due to the push for the quality to be ever better each year.... more » There is ironically nothing new about vi novell here on this site... more »

In The Glass: Olivier Rivière- Rayos Uva 2019

by  |  26-05-2021

I don’t know when, but someday we’ll look back from a vantage point far, far in the future and say, “So… why on earth did people think Rioja wines had to be almost all Tempranillo?”... more » I don’t know when, but someday we’ll look back from a vantage... more »

In The Glass: Famille Perrin Gigondas La Gille 2016

by  |  06-05-2021

The name, “Perrin” might not immediately bring up any wine associations to many people. I would like to remind you of those days back when we could fly freely and plentifully. There on many of... more » The name, “Perrin” might not immediately bring up any wine associations to... more »