Lady strangler news, Escanyavella 201518-10-2017

There exists an old grape in DOQ Priorat that sits in something of a legal limbo called, Escanyavella or essentially, “old lady choker”, or “strangler” depending on how poetic you might want to be about... more>

The 4€ Bierzo Mencía experience12-10-2017

I have something of a Modern Art-like fascination with the grocery store chain, Lidl. The implementation of their stores varies wildly from one country to another and in some stores, such as those in the... more>

A further tasting of Bodega Otazu10-10-2017

When the mega top-end “Vitral” by Bodega Otazu was announced earlier this year, I wrote a critique of the overall approach of creating what is for all purposed a “cult wine”, one which is created... more>

Krajančić – Intrada 201607-10-2017

The Dalmatian grape, Pošip can most certainly be boring, banal, and limp. If overproduced and fermented in large, not perfectly-controlled volumes it dies a mournful death aromatically. But, like so many grapes, when a simple... more>

Napa’s newest wine bar, Compline, opens02-10-2017

It’s something like 15 years now since I was working full time for a Napa Valley winery and back then, I was lucky enough to based in San Francisco for most my work. I say... more>

Shavnabada Monastery – Saperavi 200727-09-2017

The Shavnabada Monastery is like many monasteries in Georgia: very, very old and with a killer view. They also happen to be the second monastery in Georgia to start releasing wines. The first of course... more>
Judean Hills gents: Golan Flam, Doron Rav Hon, Eli-Gilbert Ben-Zaken, Eran Pick MW

An update on Israeli wines30-08-2017

It’s something of an interesting time for the wines of Israeli as a number of the very quality-conscious producers are digging into that third dimension of wine, “terroir”. They’re working to further flesh out and... more>