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The ‘solidarity’ efforts to rebuild the Rendéu Masdéu cellar in Conca de Barberà

by  |  29-01-2020

These have not been the finest of months for wineries when it comes to Mother Nature... and sadly, probably won't be the last that we've seen. Fires have ravaged Southeastern Australia destroying cellars, homes, vineyards,... more » These have not been the finest of months for wineries when it... more »

Wines for la Cuesta de Enero/Uphill January

by  |  02-01-2020

To all who have survived family and the holidays, well done. Now we arrive to the cold, murky days of January, probably broke, or at at least a bit broken. You probably don't even want... more » To all who have survived family and the holidays, well done. Now... more »

Best Catalan wine of 2019

by  |  16-12-2019

We come to that time of year for the "100 Best Wines in the Whole Universe" or other similarly-named yet no less grandiose summaries in wine publications. Obviously, they'd be more aptly named, "The Best... more » We come to that time of year for the "100 Best Wines... more »

In The Glass: Lectores Vini – Pomagrana 2018

by  |  09-09-2019

Trepat comes up with regularity on this site for good reason as it sits at that most delicate of intersections wherein it is approachable yet flavorful and not terribly alcoholic. This is no mean feat... more » Trepat comes up with regularity on this site for good reason as... more »

Wines to see the summer out

by  |  17-08-2018

The second half of August in Spain forms a downhill sprint to September/reality. Everyone is tanned, well swam and well, kinda “over” the whole beach thing at this point. Many just want to chill, usually... more » The second half of August in Spain forms a downhill sprint to... more »

Cara Nord – Rosat 2017 & Spain’s new rosy face

by  |  06-04-2018

For anyone who reads the news you’ll have noticed we have some political “issues” in Spain/Catalunya to put it lightly. Despite their not being featured in the news as much like last October, they haven’t... more » For anyone who reads the news you’ll have noticed we have some... more »

Tasting the latest of Vins de Pedra

by  |  14-11-2017

It was back in 2012 that I witnessed the first breaths of Vins de Pedra. During a spring visit to La Vinyeta and chatting with owner, Josep Serra, it was impossible to miss a new... more » It was back in 2012 that I witnessed the first breaths of... 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 »

Molí dels Capellans – Atrepat 2015

by  |  24-03-2017

Last June I wrote about the Festa del Trepat that happens yearly in DO Conca de Barberà as a way to celebrate the leaps that have been made in giving the Trepat grape more protagonism... more » Last June I wrote about the Festa del Trepat that happens yearly... more »

Trepat, Catalonia’s “Pinot Noir”?

by  |  28-06-2016

It’s always a minefield to compare one wine grape to another, especially when styles around the world vary so much but in terms of Catalonia’s Trepat grape and Pinot Noir, there are more aspects than... more » It’s always a minefield to compare one wine grape to another, especially... more »