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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 »

Sicus, when wine is made in the vineyard

by  |  12-07-2019

Driving forty five minutes covers a lot of ground in the wine world. It affords a 41km view of the entire Côte d’Or in Burgundy. Similarly, it will see you go from the top to... more » Driving forty five minutes covers a lot of ground in the wine... more »

Natural etc. Can Sumoi

by  |  01-03-2019

Europe is in the “Recuperation Era” of winemaking and by that I mean that there is still a lot of recuperation of old varieties, vineyards, and winemaking methods taking place to produce the modern, evolving... more » Europe is in the “Recuperation Era” of winemaking and by that I... more »

Sweetness: Alta Alella – Blanc de Neu 2016 & Mataró 2015

by  |  23-01-2019

Dessert wines are decidedly not sexy in this day and age. A right pity that is given they definitely have their place in a meal to cleanse and close the palate at the end and... more » Dessert wines are decidedly not sexy in this day and age. A... more »

Wonderful Gran Reserva Cavas for unreasonable times

by  |  15-12-2018

It’s roundabout mid-December when the bubbly articles inevitably percolate throughout all manners of media. The codified thinking is that for these festive times, you’ll want what has been deemed the most celebratory of drinks: sparkling... more » It’s roundabout mid-December when the bubbly articles inevitably percolate throughout all manners... more »

The ever-mighty Xarel·lo. Recaredo: Turó d’en Mota 2006 & Serral del Vall 2008

by  |  29-10-2018

Perhaps it’s because t hasn’t popped up on #sommlife or the less-used but seemingly less annoying #awesomm. Or, perhaps it’s just that the punt volat (·) tosses people for a wobbly, but Xarel·lo is still... more » Perhaps it’s because t hasn’t popped up on #sommlife or the less-used... more »

The Xarel·lo grape. Or is it Xarello, Xarel.lo, or Xarel-lo?

by  |  25-06-2018

For those who may not know it, Xarel·lo is a wonderful white grape that, as far as we know, is native to the Penedès region of Catalunya. Able to give an upright, structured backbone as... more » For those who may not know it, Xarel·lo is a wonderful white... more »