Wines to see the summer out17-08-2018

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>

Cara Nord – Rosat 2017 & Spain’s new rosy face06-04-2018

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>

Tasting the latest of Vins de Pedra14-11-2017

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>

Cara Nord – Trepat 2016 & Negre 201530-10-2017

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>

Molí dels Capellans – Atrepat 201524-03-2017

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>

DO Conca de Barberà is not the grape, Barbera09-05-2016

With today’s regional focus being on the Catalan wine region, DO Conca de Barberà, it’s probably a good moment to chat about something that’s very easy to confuse in that this wine region has absolutely... more>

Wines from a Stone05-03-2015

From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan (also here), I offer up the profile of two wines from Vins de Pedra. A well-known winery from Empordà is La Vinyeta and is run by husband and... more>

Returning to the original grape29-12-2014

Last Friday in the Guardian, an article ran about the efforts to save the native wine grapes of the world. It focused mostly on Spaniard, Fernando Martínez de Toda and his quest to preserve what... more>