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Sangenís i Vaqué – Lo Bancal de Granatxa 2015

by  |  31-01-2017

Across the square from my home sits the family winery of Sangenís i Vaqué. It was founded by Pere Sangenís and his wife, Conxita Vaqué, who have run it for years, thus the quite reasonable... more » Across the square from my home sits the family winery of Sangenís... more »

Bridging wine’s language silos

by  |  30-09-2016

Vinum is a wine shop in my village where it’s usually the mother of the family that owns it, Cori who you’ll find behind the counter. She’s from the next county over, which in villages... more » Vinum is a wine shop in my village where it’s usually the... more »

The rebirth of the Escanyavella grape in Priorat

by  |  20-05-2016

There existed many old grape varieties in Catalonia; many of them in much greater numbers before phylloxera. In the days that followed this catastrophic attack to European winemaking there was something of a viticultural reckoning... more » There existed many old grape varieties in Catalonia; many of them in... more »
A rainbow of wonderful wines

And the Porrera wine gang was all there

by  |  01-04-2016

As was usually when coming in from one of the trails around the village of Porrera, my dog had spotted a cat and ran off through the houses. We’ve been through this game many times... more » As was usually when coming in from one of the trails around... more »

Celler Ardèvol in Porrera now with visits

by  |  19-12-2015

Back when we were researching the Priorat book, when it came time to do a profile of Ardèvol, we ran in to a bit of a dead-end as Pep Ardèvol wasn’t all that interested in... more » Back when we were researching the Priorat book, when it came time... more »

The 2015 harvest in Priorat & Montsant

by  |  10-12-2015

These days everyone wants to put a positive spin on each year’s vintage, wanting, rightly or wrongly, to stand out in a crowded digital landscape. But after last year’s ‘marmalade harvest‘, people may actually be... more » These days everyone wants to put a positive spin on each year’s... more »

Tasta Porrera 2015

by  |  05-11-2015

For those who love wine (and if you’re reading this, you probably do), one of the best public events in Priorat happens this Saturday, November 7th starting at 11 in the morning called, Tasta Porrera.... more » For those who love wine (and if you’re reading this, you probably... more »

The new and improved Vinum

by  |  10-02-2015

When it comes to wine bars I’m a bit of a pain in the ass. There are many out there which are actually just restaurants that slap “& Wine Bar” on their sign but fail... more » When it comes to wine bars I’m a bit of a pain... more »

Clos Garsed 1989

by  |  03-02-2015

The shortened form of Priorat history goes something along the lines of “The monks came in the 12th century. They made wine. René Barbier arrived in 1979, released a wine in 1989 with four other... more » The shortened form of Priorat history goes something along the lines of... more »

Three wine kings

by  |  06-01-2015

In countries where Christmas is celebrated there seems to be a split based upon whether you think gifts should be exchanged on Jesus’s birthday, December 25th or likely when the Three Kings showed up to... more » In countries where Christmas is celebrated there seems to be a split... more »