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A look at The Language of Yes 2020

by  |  07-01-2022

I took advantage of being in California during the holidays to order and try the new “Language of Yes” wines coming from the Rancho Réal vineyard in Santa Barbara County. They’re being produced by legendary... more » I took advantage of being in California during the holidays to order... more »

In The Glass – Viña Verraco Syrah 2020

by  |  04-01-2022

I’m willing to say that it’s something of a Golden Age for the wine producers of Baja California in Mexico. They produce the vast majority of Mexican wine (the subzone of Valle de Guadalupe alone... more » I’m willing to say that it’s something of a Golden Age for... more »

Tomas Cusiné goes small

by  |  09-06-2021

While Costers del Segre may be one of Catalunya’s most unknown Denominations of Origin (DOs), one of the most active and driven producers within it is, Tomàs Cusiné located in the village of Vilosell, in... more » While Costers del Segre may be one of Catalunya’s most unknown Denominations... more »

In The Glass: Famille Perrin Gigondas La Gille 2016

by  |  06-05-2021

The name, “Perrin” might not immediately bring up any wine associations to many people. I would like to remind you of those days back when we could fly freely and plentifully. There on many of... more » The name, “Perrin” might not immediately bring up any wine associations to... more »

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 »