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The only pét-nat I ever loved

by  |  14-04-2022

I don’t have the most glorious of histories with pétillant naturel aka “pét-nat”. In general, most of what I’ve had would be best described as, “rude”. Short in the mouth and yes, fruity, but yet... more » I don’t have the most glorious of histories with pétillant naturel aka... more »

Revisiting an urban favorite: Broc Cellars

by  |  15-02-2022

Back in 2011, I was spending a good deal of time at a local San Francisco bar called, Koko Cocktails. Beyond enjoying a drink, my reasons for this were twofold. Number one with a bullet... more » Back in 2011, I was spending a good deal of time at... more »

A book review of “The Goode Guide to Wine”

by  |  08-07-2020 ~ 2 Comments

"The Goode Guide to Wine" is the newest book from long-time wine blogger, prolific and well-regarded British author, Jamie Goode that sees release in September. Having a PhD in plant biology, most of his books... more » "The Goode Guide to Wine" is the newest book from long-time wine... more »
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Mister Joly & Me

by  |  18-05-2020

Nicolas Joly gains admiration and/or scorn from vast and disparate sources. Since at least the 7th edition (and probably previous to that) in the hefty reference tome, the “World Atlas of Wine”, the “cru” vineyards... more » Nicolas Joly gains admiration and/or scorn from vast and disparate sources. Since... more »

In The Glass: Niepoort Nat’cool Tinto 2017

by  |  13-04-2020 ~ 5 Comments

While the Niepoort name had piqued interest to buy this wine online, once it arrived, the presentation was a bit perplexing. The one liter bottle format was solid and welcome (Elisabeta Foradori does a similar... more » While the Niepoort name had piqued interest to buy this wine online,... more »

Natural water

by  |  07-01-2020 ~ 1 Comment

The village casal is as attractive as it is utilitarian. A four-walled testament to the religion of concrete that dominated Spanish construction in the later 20th century, it does exactly what it needs to do... more » The village casal is as attractive as it is utilitarian. A four-walled... more »

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 »