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A Southern European selection of François Lurton

by  |  03-05-2021

François Lurton is but one member of the vast Lurton family, long-established in Bordeaux. If you’d like to read up on their history, I’d recommend having a look at this article as I would but... more » François Lurton is but one member of the vast Lurton family, long-established... more »

A judgment in Grenache, Perpignan edition

by  |  22-05-2019 ~ 1 Comment

Taking the TGV from Perpignan in the direction of Spain gives you that brief glimpse of what being a protagonist in a billion-dollar superhero franchise must feel like. There's this rush as you gain more... more » Taking the TGV from Perpignan in the direction of Spain gives you... more »

The new “institutional wines” of DO Montsant

by  |  08-07-2016

DO Montsant has just announced their new “institutional wines”. In brief, these are a red and white wine that will be used for the next 1-2 years to demonstrate what is seen to be the... more » DO Montsant has just announced their new “institutional wines”. In brief, these... 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 »

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 »

Viens à Vingrau, a wine excursion in Roussillon

by  |  25-07-2015

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then the French village of Vingrau is flattering the crap out of nearby neighbor Calce. You see, for some time Calce has put on a little annual... more » If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then the French village... more »

An introduction to Montsant via Acústic

by  |  16-07-2015

Much as I previously wrote in An introduction to Empordà wines, it’s important to know those wines of a region which allow you a good gateway in to the region at large. Sure, finding less... more » Much as I previously wrote in An introduction to Empordà wines, it’s... more »

And of rosé…

by  |  02-06-2015

Normally I wait until August to take on the topic of rosé as it seems to be the case that people only want to drink this lighter version of red wine when the heat arrives... more » Normally I wait until August to take on the topic of rosé... 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 »

Going for some Vin’Aquí in Roussillon

by  |  27-03-2015

While there are many wine fairs in Spain, they’re generally a spotty affair wherein the winemakers pay a great deal to attend, the attendees have to buy booklets of “drinking” tickets that make each tasting... more » While there are many wine fairs in Spain, they’re generally a spotty... more »