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Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 2019

by  |  17-10-2019

For any lover of Grenache-based wines, and especially those found in the Southern Rhône, the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers up many delicious pleasures which is why I’m very excited to share the 2019 report today.... more » For any lover of Grenache-based wines, and especially those found in the... more »

Everyone’s a winemaker in wine country, Domaine Christiane Chambeyron-Manin Côte Rôtie 2013

by  |  29-03-2018

The butcher I frequent in the next village over has a small quantity of wine that they make and sell directly in the shop, certified under DO Montsant. Distracted by cuts of meat and wondering... more » The butcher I frequent in the next village over has a small... more »

Cairanne’s cru bump & Brunel de la Gardine

by  |  14-05-2016

When at Vinisud back in February, the happy rumbling around town was that Cairanne had just gone from being Côtes du Rhône Villages to a full cru meaning that from 2016 onward, those studying all... more » When at Vinisud back in February, the happy rumbling around town was... more »

The rest of 2016

by  |  05-01-2016

Continued from yesterday, a few more observations about what’s to come in 2016 in general and outside of Catalonia. Southern France I just received an email from Michel Blanc in Châteauneuf going on at length... more » Continued from yesterday, a few more observations about what’s to come in... more »

To somm or not to somm

by  |  11-08-2014

At the end of last week I was having a meal with friends in the Priorat village of Porrera at La Cooperativa. The friends in question happened to be Albert and Roger of Vall Llach... more » At the end of last week I was having a meal with... more »