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Penedès, so fresh and so cold

by  |  04-08-2015

This originally ran on my monthly column although in a much shorter, print “friendly” format. I’m not going out on a limb to say that we’ve had more than our share of hot weather this... more » This originally ran on my monthly column although in a much shorter,... 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 »

An introduction to Empordà wines

by  |  13-06-2015

Many who come to the region of Costa Brava for holidays aren’t aware that there is a thriving wine scene waiting to be discovered that offers up no end of reasons to not buy some... more » Many who come to the region of Costa Brava for holidays aren’t... more »

Domaine Treloar

by  |  18-04-2015

The first time that I met winemaking Englishman, Jonathan Hesford was at Arrels del Vi in 2013 in Sant Martí d’Empúries, Catalonia. This was followed by a fair called Vignerons des Aspres in Thuir, France... more » The first time that I met winemaking Englishman, Jonathan Hesford was at... more »

Going for some Vin’Aqui

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 »

Torelló’s Cava & the Cabernet Sauvignon problem

by  |  22-03-2015

The Girona chapter of the Catalan Sommelier Association was gracious enough to invite me to attend one of their vertical tastings of a Cava and a red from the cellar Torelló in DO Penedès last... more » The Girona chapter of the Catalan Sommelier Association was gracious enough to... more »

In The Glass – Lo Coster Blanc 2013

by  |  10-12-2014

There is something of a misconception with this white from Priorat. Those who encounter it (production is less than 500 bottles a year) usually think that it’s the white from Sangenís i Vaqué. The truth... more » There is something of a misconception with this white from Priorat. Those... more »

For a fresh summer, White Grenache

by  |  24-06-2014

As if to emphasize just how “fresh” summer can be, it’s pouring rain and about 24C while I write this article, which is a slightly adapted version from my wine column on Barcelona Metropolitan. But,... more » As if to emphasize just how “fresh” summer can be, it’s pouring... more »

Of brothers Coca i Fitó

by  |  27-01-2014

When talking about the power family duo of Toni & Miquel, it’s best to quote a bit from our forthcoming DO Montsant guide: Growing up in the Catalan wine heartland of Alt Penedès, it’s amazing... more » When talking about the power family duo of Toni & Miquel, it’s... more »

In The Glass: Marco Abella – Òlbia 2012

by  |  24-09-2013

Since releasing our Priorat guide a few months ago, we’ve had the chance to taste some of the new vintages that have come out after publication which of course has been a delight, especially when... more » Since releasing our Priorat guide a few months ago, we’ve had the... more »