At the beginning of May I stopped in to visit a garagiste winemaker friend in the Catalan village of Capçanes. He was out removing excess growth in his small two-hectare vineyard of Garnatxa Peluda (Lladoner Pelut) and Carinyena (Carignan) and looked up from the work to say, ‘Miquel, I can feel it. This is going to be a great harvest.’ Fast forward five months to the end of September when, with a group of friends, we harvested that same vineyard, tossing countless rotten bunches on the ground, skipping some rows […]

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