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Extreme Cellars: Katskhi Pillar, Georgia30-03-2017

When doing research for the Georgian wine book, I came across many wondrous things in this little country in the Caucasus but one of the most fascinating was the Katskhi pillar. Located near the Northern... more>

The future of Pingus in 2014, 2015, & 201627-03-2017

Peter Sisseck and his winery, Dominio de Pingus should need little if any introduction to those who know Spanish wines. An enologist by study, he found his way to Ribera del Duero, encountered some fine,... more>

Molí dels Capellans – Atrepat 201524-03-2017

Last June I wrote about the Festa del Trepat that happens yearly in DO Conca de Barberà as a way to celebrate the leaps that have been made in giving the Trepat grape more protagonism... more>
"čuveno vino" very modestly, the "famous wine"

50 years of the Postup appellation22-03-2017

When it comes to the “Grand Crus” of Croatia, if people know one, it would be Dingač, although I’m sure even that’s a stretch. There’s nothing shameful in this as Croatia hasn’t done much to... more>

A tasting in Croatia of Garnacha, Garnatxa, & Grenache18-03-2017

We’ve arrived to a day and age wherein I don’t understand how someone can’t appreciate Grenache–if not love it. Sure, there are people who are going to only like white wines, or wines with a... more>

Southern French wine fair slap fight12-03-2017

With the general corruption in Spanish politics, the short-sighted xenophobia in British politics, and then the… whatever you want to call gaping void into the nether world that’s opened in American politics, I have little... more>

The 10€ Barolo experience06-03-2017

Barolo. One of the most elegant of Italian wines, this famed, delicate Piedmonte interpretation of the Nebbiolo grape has been treasured for years now. It must be noted that it’s a wine that could takes... more>

Henry Fessy – Saint Amour 201326-02-2017

I’d tell you that we should all really be drinking more of the Grand Crus from Beaujolais but that’d mean there would be less for me. That’s already happening though as many people have come... more>

Bodega Otazu’s Vitral, the 2,000€ ruse24-02-2017

A few days ago, word came down that there is a new, ultra-premium-priced wine from Spain, the Bodega Otazu – Vitral 2013. Undeterred by the idea of a mere 1,000€ for Pingus or l’Ermita, they’ve... more>

Building a wine & the art of the blend21-02-2017

There are those that say winemaking is an art, but in truth, making the wine is a relatively simplistic process as it just comes down to letting grape juice ferment. Sure, there are many more... more>
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