Why regulating “natural wine” is a very good thing15-12-2016

Recently, Suzanne Mustacich, contributing editor to Wine Spectator and author of “Thirsty Dragon” wrote a lengthy article that discusses how the French are working to define what “natural wine” is. It’s a noble pursuit which... more>

When making (experiments in) wine20-10-2016

Much like when an actor decides to record a music album, it takes a pretty arrogant wine writer to decide to make wine and even more so for a sommelier. Given that I’m both of... more>
Photo by Julia Claxton

ICCWS 2016, Wow!31-05-2016

This past Saturday marked the end of the three day event called, the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium 2016. That lengthy title sums up the event very well as it was three intense days focused... more>
Their dormant vineyards in Garraf

A further taste of Alemany i Corrio24-02-2016

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>

Ronan Sayburn on “natural” wine14-01-2016

Often people ask, “What’s the difference between a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine?” Well, one certification is about expert wine service and the other about expert wine studies. They both need to know... more>

Catalan wines in 201604-01-2016

With the start of January comes that typical moment in the wine world of retrospection, reflection, and prediction. I think that most of this due to winemakers not having much to do in the cellars... more>

The one Euro wine blind tasting02-11-2015

Recently, on the social mediaz of Spain a video was released on El Comidista that basically showed a cheap, one Euro bulk wine tricking the professionals in to thinking it was some grand, yet small... more>

Penedès, so fresh and so cold04-08-2015

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>