More…06-12-2017

There’s been “big” news in the wine world over the last few weeks. I made sure to use the quotes as this news is completely meaningless to most anybody who isn’t deeply embedded in the... more>

A soirée of White Grenache30-11-2017

Starting in October, we’ve been seeing a roll out of events to lead up to the next edition of Grenaches du Monde in April. If you’ve not heard of this event that’s because it rather... more>

Bibich – Bas de Bas 201325-11-2017

When in Split, Croatia in 2015 to do a presentation at Dalmacija Expo, I spent a few rewarding nights bopping around the city–something I’ve rarely done in lieu of mainly hanging out in the now... 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>

Tasting the latest of Vins de Pedra14-11-2017

It was back in 2012 that I witnessed the first breaths of Vins de Pedra. During a spring visit to La Vinyeta and chatting with owner, Josep Serra, it was impossible to miss a new... more>
A four-step approach

How to open wine with a wax capsule05-11-2017

We have entered the Age of the Wax-Dipped Wine as a number of cellars have started using this method of cork covering in lieu of the more well-known metal capsule. I’ve heard some say that... more>

Cara Nord – Trepat 2016 & Negre 201530-10-2017

I’ve enjoyed seeing the continued evolution of the Cara Nord project which is led by two heads of Catalan cellars, Tomàs Cuisiné and Xavi Cepero and then American importer, Eric Solomon. While they make one... more>
Gremi Castle and well, sheep

A Georgian wine revival, how?28-10-2017

For those immersed in the wine world, Georgian wines have been on fire for some time, so much so that most editors I work with don’t even want new articles about the country and its... more>

Onward to Carignan(e)20-10-2017

I’ve been tasting a rather enormous amount of Carignan lately for a forthcoming article. This has confirmed several things for me which are: 1) it’s delicious and this a grape very much capable of making... more>

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>