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Wines to see the summer out

by  |  17-08-2018

The second half of August in Spain forms a downhill sprint to September/reality. Everyone is tanned, well swam and well, kinda “over” the whole beach thing at this point. Many just want to chill, usually... more » The second half of August in Spain forms a downhill sprint to... more »

Oh, the Macabeu. Tomàs Cusiné – Finca Racons 2016

by  |  11-06-2018

Given the new look of DO Costers del Segre, it seems a fitting moment to have a taste of a new release from the region. In this case we’re talking about Finca Racons from Tomàs... more » Given the new look of DO Costers del Segre, it seems a... more »

Introducing Cal Bessó

by  |  13-12-2017

It was a hot July because it’d been a hot year and the weather in 2017 hadn’t given much of a damn as to the comfort of human beings, let alone grapes. But one day... more » It was a hot July because it’d been a hot year and... more »

Tasting the latest of Vins de Pedra

by  |  14-11-2017

It was back in 2012 that I witnessed the first breaths of Vins de Pedra. During a spring visit to La Vinyeta and chatting with owner, Josep Serra, it was impossible to miss a new... more » It was back in 2012 that I witnessed the first breaths of... more »

Castell del Remei’s Oda Time

by  |  08-12-2016

I recently received some new wines from Castell del Remei. If you’ll recall (although I’d be thoroughly amazed if you did), I reviewed their younger wines a few months back. The Oda white and red... more » I recently received some new wines from Castell del Remei. If you’ll... 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 »

Catalan BBQ wine gets a new look: Castell del Remei Gotim

by  |  04-07-2016

It’s been four Julys in a row that I’ve not been in the US for Independence Day on the 4th. This isn’t something that I consider to be the utmost of tragedies as it’s a... more » It’s been four Julys in a row that I’ve not been in... more »
Terrace overlooking the countryside

Riberach wine hotel, Roussillon

by  |  25-01-2016

To know the land of Roussillon is not to drive briefly through it, deftly avoiding Perpignan via the A9 highway either heading to adventures more northern in France or more southern in Spain. The real... more » To know the land of Roussillon is not to drive briefly through... more »

Meet DO Terra Alta and the 2015 harvest

by  |  13-01-2016

So, where to start with DO Terra Alta? It’s probably best to say that they’re the most southern of Catalonia’s denominations of origin. They’re also one of the highest in terms of altitude with elevations... more » So, where to start with DO Terra Alta? It’s probably best to... more »

Cava, for that bubbly time of year

by  |  08-12-2015

This is an expanded version of my monthly column for Barcelona Metropolitan For those who love sparkling wines, this is a great time of year. However, the festive season can be a minefield of lesser... more » This is an expanded version of my monthly column for Barcelona Metropolitan... more »