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The state of DO Penedès 2022

by  |  09-05-2022

The DO Penedès has been on the move lately. The biggest news of course is their ten-year plan where they’ve set up a system under the Vi de Mas for vineyard classifications. Even more impressive... more » The DO Penedès has been on the move lately. The biggest news... more »

Catching up with Enric Soler’s latest Xarel·los

by  |  18-04-2022

At the end of February I booked a morning to go check out what Enric Soler has been up to lately with his wines. Sometime back I’d visited Enric for a larger profile about smaller... more » At the end of February I booked a morning to go check... more »

Pepe Raventós – Mas del Serral 2010

by  |  10-11-2021

After tasting Textures de Pedra last year, I realized a visit to the winery of Raventós i Blanc was long overdue so I finally went once movement restrictions were lifted back in March. Upon arriving,... more » After tasting Textures de Pedra last year, I realized a visit to... more »

Recaredo Enoteca Reserva Particular 2004. Full Stop.

by  |  16-11-2020

Recaredo has always played something of a long game when it comes to their wines. Even their most “basic” wine, the Terrers sees 32 months of aging, putting it at the level of Gran Reserva–if... more » Recaredo has always played something of a long game when it comes... more »

Finding Clímax in Can Ràfols dels Caus

by  |  11-09-2020

In tasting samples for articles about the Penedès region, the wines from one winery would continually appear in the top. For an article about the white wines in Penedès, “La Calma” was one of the... more » In tasting samples for articles about the Penedès region, the wines from... more »

Digging up the details on how Avaline wine defines “transparently produced”

by  |  20-07-2020 ~ 7 Comments

It would have been hard to avoid the news of Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power launching their white and rosé "Avaline" wine last week. In what was an amazing-to-behold marketing campaign, their PR firm, KLG... more » It would have been hard to avoid the news of Cameron Diaz... more »

Six wines from Penedès to know right now

by  |  26-06-2020

As is often the case, we’d just passed May 40th when summer suddenly exploded out of nowhere here in Spain. It seems that overnight we went from chilly nights and massive, biblical rains (that have... more » As is often the case, we’d just passed May 40th when summer... more »

In The Glass: Celler Descregut – Horafosca 2017

by  |  22-04-2020

In the Variety Profile for Xarel·lo that just went out this week, I made a mention about delicate use of skin contact to coax even more out of what is already a great grape. This... more » In the Variety Profile for Xarel·lo that just went out this week,... more »

The state of Xarel·lo in Penedès

by  |  20-04-2020

Workhorse. Backbone. Structured. Aromatic. Evolving. These are but a few words one can put forth when talking about the grape, Xarel·lo and they’re all true–even if some people might say them with a curled lip... more » Workhorse. Backbone. Structured. Aromatic. Evolving. These are but a few words one... more »

The eternity of Xarel·lo: Parés Baltà – Electió 2004

by  |  03-04-2020

“To date, we still don’t know how long Xarel·lo can ultimately age.” I’ve heard this oft-repeated about this white grape variety over the years, but the very first time I heard it was from Ton... more » “To date, we still don’t know how long Xarel·lo can ultimately age.”... more »