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Sicus, when wine is made in the vineyard

by  |  12-07-2019

Driving forty five minutes covers a lot of ground in the wine world. It affords a 41km view of the entire Côte d’Or in Burgundy. Similarly, it will see you go from the top to... more » Driving forty five minutes covers a lot of ground in the wine... more »

Üllo: Why the wine sulfites & headaches myth never dies…

by  |  06-12-2018

So as is typically the case, the claim was framed as such: “A wine filter that will make your pinot noir headaches disappear” and as always, the claim was most assuredly not true. This quote... more » So as is typically the case, the claim was framed as such:... more »

When “natural” comes a knockin’. Mascorrubí Heretat 1297 – Annat 2017

by  |  09-07-2018

Sometime back I was sent a couple of wines from a local region that actually had “natural” writ large upon the label. This was a new one to me as anyone producing wines of this... more » Sometime back I was sent a couple of wines from a local... more »
From such holes gold, or even platinum emerges...

Georgian wine evolution: Kvevri gold at Decanter Awards

by  |  04-07-2018

Given my living location and writing focus I’m viewed as a “Spain person” for the Decanter Awards. This is great and I’m very happy to judge these wines but I made a mention to the... more » Given my living location and writing focus I’m viewed as a “Spain... more »

Natural wines in Catalunya

by  |  23-04-2018

For some reason, the “Ides of April” have become the time to write about “natural” wines in most any publication. I have no proper idea why except that it’s a busy, yet stagnant time as... more » For some reason, the “Ides of April” have become the time to... more »

Wine Predictions for 2018

by  |  20-01-2018

Sending out predictions for a year, three weeks into the year may seem a bit ridiculous but I needed to wait for statistics to come out in order to rate last year’s predictions. So, this... more » Sending out predictions for a year, three weeks into the year may... more »

Markus Altenburger – Red 2014

by  |  12-01-2018

Blaufränkisch and Plavac Mali were some of the first grapes I plunged into when starting to venture outside of my Californian safety net many years ago. It was however not the easiest grape for me... more » Blaufränkisch and Plavac Mali were some of the first grapes I plunged... more »

Neither “whole” nor “food”, Don Simón in a healthy place?

by  |  23-09-2017

Whole Foods Market has been in the news a great deal recently as it was purchased by Amazon. More market-driven minds than mine have picked apart this deal to no end, so there’s little reason... more » Whole Foods Market has been in the news a great deal recently... more »
Doesn't look terribly orange no?

Amber versus Orange wine

by  |  19-06-2017

This is an expanded excerpt from the new Georgian wine book Red wines in Georgia–whether aged in kvevri, barrel, tank, or what have you–are indeed some take on the color we all know as “red”... more » This is an expanded excerpt from the new Georgian wine book Red... more »

Elisabetta Foradori: Fontanasanta Nosiola 2014 & Sgarzon 2013

by  |  15-02-2017

For some time I’ve been quite intrigued to taste the wines of Elisabetta Foradori. Cast up against the Dolomites, in that most curious of Italian wine regions, Trentino-Alto Adige, Elisabetta has been making wines from... more » For some time I’ve been quite intrigued to taste the wines of... more »