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That chilling the red wine thing

by  |  25-07-2019

If this latest heatwave has shown us anything, it’s that there are a few more bends to go before we see the “shade” at the end of the tunnel which signals that another summer has... more » If this latest heatwave has shown us anything, it’s that there are... more »

Let’s talk about ’16 and Álvaro Palacios

by  |  25-03-2019

A decade ago, despite living just an hour away in San Francisco, my visits to Napa Valley were readily-dwindling in regularity as tourism was then and is now, out of control. But in a nearly-final... more » A decade ago, despite living just an hour away in San Francisco,... more »
Do not get between Allison Janney and a porró.

Guzzling with the stars; six new celebrity wines

by  |  18-03-2019

From press releases about Sarah Jessica Parker’s forays wearing gumboots into the vineyards of New Zealand, to Brangelina’s lucrative Provençal Rosé adventures, to Jon Bon Jovi’s uh, Rosé, to Drew Barrymore’s, uh… other Rosé (wtf?)... more » From press releases about Sarah Jessica Parker’s forays wearing gumboots into the... more »

In the Glass: AA Badenhorst – Secateurs Red Blend 2012

by  |  21-02-2019

I try to live a life as free from regret as possible and overall, I think I do a pretty decent job of keeping my “regret debt” within decent margins. There are however two regrets... more » I try to live a life as free from regret as possible... more »

Speaking of Herència Altés

by  |  18-02-2019

In Spain, judgment of a person is regularly passed based upon their given name. If you can figure out the origin of either of the family names, you base your conclusions upon that. If the... more » In Spain, judgment of a person is regularly passed based upon their... more »

Tasting the finest wines of València & Spain’s Levant

by  |  04-01-2019

This past New Year’s Eve found me in València, hired on as the “wine expert” for a group that had flown down for the UK to say goodbye to 2018 and take on the mantle... more » This past New Year’s Eve found me in València, hired on as... more »

A question of design: Casa Mariol Syrah

by  |  19-12-2018

A wine importer in the US once commented to me about the labels on Spanish wines: “The great thing here is that I either love them or hate them. Being neutral never happens.” Generally, if... more » A wine importer in the US once commented to me about the... more »

A small taste of Málaga

by  |  26-11-2018

You are spoiled, simply spoiled, when it comes to wonderful food and drink in Spain. There are however those more spoiled than others and I posit that anyone in Catalunya or the Basque Country lives... more » You are spoiled, simply spoiled, when it comes to wonderful food and... more »

An oasis of wine in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

by  |  01-10-2018

A brief “vacation” last year was spent zipping around Israel to see bits I hadn’t seen during my first trip in 2014. The main population centers of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are in the dead... more » A brief “vacation” last year was spent zipping around Israel to see... more »

Bringing the “stonk”, Halls Gap – Fallen Giants 2014

by  |  06-08-2018

I’m often at a loss for words–at least in other languages. In English, I’m generally well set (sorta) but every so often, a word pops up in British English that we sorely need in American... more » I’m often at a loss for words–at least in other languages. In... more »