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Château Bourgneuf – Pomerol 2010

by  |  23-01-2017

As most of us are a bit light in the wallet to indulge in Château Pétrus regularly (yowza), we must search about for other bottles from AOC Pomerol in Bordeaux that attempt to reach for... more » As most of us are a bit light in the wallet to... 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 »

Shabo – Grand Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2014. Yes, Ukrainian wine.

by  |  06-12-2016

When returning from my recent trip to visit Armenian wineries, I had a layover in Kiev’s Boryspil Airport and despite reliable free wifi, there wasn’t much to do but wander around, eat a damned fine... more » When returning from my recent trip to visit Armenian wineries, I had... more »

Jean Leon – 3055 Merlot/Petit Verdot 2015

by  |  23-09-2016

One of the wineries high on my list to visit in Catalonia is that of Jean Leon. Being that it’s in DO Penedès, it’s a touch out of the way for just casually stopping in,... more » One of the wineries high on my list to visit in Catalonia... more »

In The Glass: Telavi Marani – Kondoli Sami 2012

by  |  03-09-2016

I’m not a terribly huge fan of tossing in some French varieties with local ones as the mix is often unholy. I remember tasting a Greek wine from Naoussa that was Xinomavro and Cabernet Sauvingon.... more » I’m not a terribly huge fan of tossing in some French varieties... more »

Drinking a wine prize, Château Fombrauge Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2012

by  |  29-07-2016

As I’m sure someone has said, “You can’t spell ‘wine’ without ‘win'” and if someone hasn’t said it before, I’m saying it now because earlier this year, this site was a Finalist for the Millésime... more » As I’m sure someone has said, “You can’t spell ‘wine’ without ‘win'”... more »
Their dormant vineyards in Garraf

A further taste of Alemany i Corrio

by  |  24-02-2016

In my much longer article about the “rebellious” winemakers of DO Penedès, I made but a brief mention of Irene Alemany and her winery, Alemany i Corrio. They are to a large degree, the anti-Penedès... more » In my much longer article about the “rebellious” winemakers of DO Penedès,... more »

Finca Parera – Faust 1.0 (2010)

by  |  18-02-2016

It was quite random that I met Ruben Parera of Finca Parera one day. Albert Costa of Vall Llach was doing a pruning and grafting tour for the father and son team of Archè Pagés... more » It was quite random that I met Ruben Parera of Finca Parera... more »

Rebellious Penedès: “Unrated”

by  |  28-01-2016

This article originally ran on Harpers but, given space restrictions was nearly half of the original in length. Here I present it in its entirety. The concept of rebellion in wine typically conjures up images... more » This article originally ran on Harpers but, given space restrictions was nearly... more »

Collemassari – Bolgheri Rosso 2010

by  |  20-12-2015

During a trip to Valpolicella a few months ago, on the last day, we found ourselves having lunch on the eastern shore of Lake Garda in the village of Torri del Benaco. It’s a very... more » During a trip to Valpolicella a few months ago, on the last... more »