Cara Nord – Trepat 2016 & Negre 201530-10-2017

I’ve enjoyed seeing the continued evolution of the Cara Nord project which is led by two heads of Catalan cellars, Tomàs Cuisiné and Xavi Cepero and then American importer, Eric Solomon. While they make one... more>

Tasting the tops of Torres24-05-2016

For the August issue of Decanter (which will be out at the beginning of July) I wrote up a profile about Miguel Torres Jr. who, since 2012 has been the General Director of the Torres... more>

AOC Lirac: Wine worth crossing the river for09-04-2016

AOC Lirac isn’t a name that rolls off most wine drinkers’ tongues when talking about the Southern Rhône Valley. Honestly, it wasn’t one that rolled off mine either given that most people talk about Châteauneuf... more>

Rebellious Penedès: “Unrated”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>

Talking about the Vinari Awards 201512-10-2015

For those outside of Catalonia, the Vinari Awards may not be that well-known but here in the region, they’ve become the top yearly awards in the wines and, as people are often wont to exaggerate... more>

The evolution of Espelt02-10-2015

This is the full-length version of my October column (here as well) and forms a small introduction to an eventually much larger article about the last eight years of Espelt. In 2007, Espelt was one... more>