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A perspective tasting of Alta Alella’s “10”

by  |  14-10-2021

There are many reasons to get to know the winery of Alta Alella in Catalunya. The easiest one to understand is the location as it sits on a hill with an splendid view of the... more » There are many reasons to get to know the winery of Alta... more »

In The Glass: Domaine Changarnier – Pierrefitte 2014

by  |  11-05-2021

The thankless chore in tasting wines from Bourgogne (*) is the never-ending quest to find those that you can not only enjoy but also that you can “readily” afford. This was a large part of... more » The thankless chore in tasting wines from Bourgogne (*) is the never-ending... more »

In The Glass: André Clouet Brut Millésimé 2008

by  |  27-01-2021

And now for something different as I don’t really drink much Champagne. I know, I know, it’s horridly sacrilegious as I’ve been told repeatedly by many a colleague in the UK wine trade. But, being... more » And now for something different as I don’t really drink much Champagne.... more »

In The Glass: Sugrue – The Trouble with Dreams 2010

by  |  30-12-2020

Let’s just take a moment, inhale deeply and envision the spring of 2016. I don’t work at Facebook, so I don’t know where you were, but I remember very well where I was. It was... more » Let’s just take a moment, inhale deeply and envision the spring of... more »

Finding Clímax in Can Ràfols dels Caus

by  |  11-09-2020

In tasting samples for articles about the Penedès region, the wines from one winery would continually appear in the top. For an article about the white wines in Penedès, “La Calma” was one of the... more » In tasting samples for articles about the Penedès region, the wines from... more »

In The Glass: Toto Marqués – Prades 950 2016

by  |  01-07-2020

There’s been a justified push to promote “terroir” insofar as it relates to wine. This French word, which means “sense of place” or more simply, “locale” is all fine and good unless it’s the case... more » There’s been a justified push to promote “terroir” insofar as it relates... more »

In the Glass: Domaine de Courcel – Bourgogne Rouge 2014

by  |  30-09-2019

To love the wines of Burgundy has for some time been a cursed passion as the prices for top wines make them far too costly to enjoy on regular occasion unless perhaps one is a... more » To love the wines of Burgundy has for some time been a... more »
Is the little man in the glass saying, "Please stop?" Undoubtedly.

A review of “SOMM 3”

by  |  15-02-2019

The gang behind the original SOMM documentary that was a sleeper hit back in 2012 (yeah, seven years ago...) have come back with yet another installment for our viewing pleasure. What's curious about all things... more » The gang behind the original SOMM documentary that was a sleeper hit... more »

Continued Mornington exploration: Crittenden Estate – Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016

by  |  08-12-2018

Awhile back I’d written about an oddity that piqued my curiosity which was produced by Crittenden Estate on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. I’m not sure if that wine is a one-off, but it’s... more » Awhile back I’d written about an oddity that piqued my curiosity which... more »

The Cava cometh: Vilarnau Gran Reserva 2012

by  |  03-10-2018

The drift from summer into the cooler, breathier vectors comprising fall is made ever so obvious by the sudden rise of sparkling wine promotion. Gearing people up for the winter holidays means getting the word... more » The drift from summer into the cooler, breathier vectors comprising fall is... more »