New wine mag on the block: Root & Vine11-10-2018

The current mantra for entrepreneurship in the United States is that of “success through failure”. It’s become a nearly religious belief among the web industry ilk as people have many, many failures until they have... more>

An oasis of wine in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel01-10-2018

A brief “vacation” last year was spent zipping around Israel to see bits I hadn’t seen during my first trip in 2014. The main population centers of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are in the dead... more>

Wine Predictions for 201820-01-2018

Sending out predictions for a year, three weeks into the year may seem a bit ridiculous but I needed to wait for statistics to come out in order to rate last year’s predictions. So, this... more>

Decanter goes “premium”–and fully online20-11-2017

Decanter “Premium”. I hadn’t really thought much about it until Richard Hemming made mention of it on his site. You see, Decanter.com has introduced a new “Premium” option which is in essence, a paywall making... more>

Judging the Decanter World Wine Awards05-05-2017

Of these two quotes, it’s hard to decide whether the very delicious, “There will also be 100kg of cheese available to the judges.” or the very British, “Judge severely but do not be ungenerous.” stuck... more>

The best of Catalan white wines07-02-2017

Last fall, I received a commission from Decanter to do a report on the white wines of Catalonia for the March issue. As things work in the world of print, you submit the article in... more>

The white wines of Terra Alta

Terra Alta is a region that I’ve been tasting regularly for nearly a decade and the changes they’ve been making are impressive. This really all came to head with the election of a DO president... more>

The white wines of Penedès

A logical starting point in any article about Catalan white wines is DO Penedès. They are by far the largest wine producing region in Catalonia and 80% of what they produce is in the form... more>

Wine Predictions for 201728-12-2016

This is of course that time of year when anyone writing in wine sets forth their grand predictions for this next trip around the sun. Yay! They can sometimes be interesting but, despite its slow... more>

Vi Ranci in World of Fine Wine13-12-2016

My personal history with the wine known as Vi Ranci goes as such: I tried it for the first time about eight years ago and didn’t know what to make of it, I tried it... more>