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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 »

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 »

Bibich – Bas de Bas 2013

by  |  25-11-2017

When in Split, Croatia in 2015 to do a presentation at Dalmacija Expo, I spent a few rewarding nights bopping around the city–something I’ve rarely done in lieu of mainly hanging out in the now... more » When in Split, Croatia in 2015 to do a presentation at Dalmacija... more »

Cara Nord – Trepat 2016 & Negre 2015

by  |  30-10-2017

I’ve enjoyed seeing the continued evolution of the Cara Nord project which is led by two heads of Catalan cellars, Tomàs Cuisiné and Xavi Cepero and then American importer, Eric Solomon. While they make one... more » I’ve enjoyed seeing the continued evolution of the Cara Nord project which... more »

Tomàs Cusiné – Finca Comabarra 2012

by  |  08-07-2017

I was quite excited to taste this wine as previous experience with Tomàs Cusiné wines as seen in the “Mineral” made in a negociant fashion down in DO Montsant or then the “Cara Nord” white... more » I was quite excited to taste this wine as previous experience with... more »

Alta Alella’s Parvus

by  |  13-06-2017

I’ve been a fan of what Alta Alella has been doing for some time. In case you don’t believe me, have a look. To a large extent, they’ve been striving a great deal to drive... more » I’ve been a fan of what Alta Alella has been doing for... more »
Photo via winery press release

Abadal 3.9 is the newest Vi de Finca

by  |  19-12-2016

It has just been announced that Abadal’s 3.9 is be the newest Vi de Finca in Catalonia as certified by INCAVI, the Catalan wine authority. This now brings the total to nine of these certified... more » It has just been announced that Abadal’s 3.9 is be the newest... more »

Abadal – 3.9 2011

by  |  29-10-2016

There are some DOs in Catalonia that are relatively unknown such as, Pla de Bages. Located very close to Barcelona, this lesser known aspect is due not to the amount of production but the fact... more » There are some DOs in Catalonia that are relatively unknown such as,... more »

Cave de Tain l’Hermitage – Cornas 2012

by  |  19-09-2016

I don’t really know why the AOC Cornas appellation in Rhône isn’t more sought after. It’s a very small region over just over 100ha with very small production of just half a million bottles–in a... more » I don’t really know why the AOC Cornas appellation in Rhône isn’t... more »

The Bigness: Penfolds – Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2012

by  |  16-07-2016

From time to time, I like to “taste outside of my box” which means searching out a bottle of something that isn’t a red Grenache or Carignan. I don’t always do so well in this,... more » From time to time, I like to “taste outside of my box”... more »
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