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In The Glass: Graillot & Thalvin – Tandem 2018

by  |  08-03-2021

I’ve always had a passing interest in Moroccan wines as in, “Huh, I wonder what wines from Morocco are like?” but it turned into something a good deal more real when Albert Costa of Vall... more » I’ve always had a passing interest in Moroccan wines as in, “Huh,... more »

In The Glass: Hay Shed Hill Pitchfork Shiraz 2017

by  |  22-01-2021

So we arrive again to Margaret River. I say “again” as I’ve been here before, writing about the Vasee Felix Cabernet Sauvignon which was simply delightful. Admittedly this wasn’t a terribly huge shock given how... more » So we arrive again to Margaret River. I say “again” as I’ve... more »

2017 vs 2018 in Priorat via Mas Doix’s Salanques

by  |  23-11-2020

A typical question people often ask me is, was so-and-so a good year for wine? It makes sense as while you can make wine literally anywhere in the world, actually growing grapes is a touch... more » A typical question people often ask me is, was so-and-so a good... 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: AA Badenhorst – Family Blend Red 2015

by  |  01-06-2020

When interviewing a winemaker in Stellenbosch he told me, “You should head north. That’s where it’s all happening.” By “north” he meant, Swartland, the region around Malmesbury about an hour northeast of Cape Town. This... more » When interviewing a winemaker in Stellenbosch he told me, “You should head... more »

What the new DO Rueda classifications mean

by  |  02-12-2019 ~ 4 Comments

DO Rueda has announced a hefty overhaul of their governing rules or pliego de condiciones. For a DO that most people think of in terms of, "White wines. Verdejo grape, a little Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh,... more » DO Rueda has announced a hefty overhaul of their governing rules or... more »

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 »