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>

Markus Altenburger – Red 201412-01-2018

Blaufränkisch and Plavac Mali were some of the first grapes I plunged into when starting to venture outside of my Californian safety net many years ago. It was however not the easiest grape for me... more>
Doesn't look terribly orange no?

Amber versus Orange wine19-06-2017

This is an expanded excerpt from the new Georgian wine book Red wines in Georgia–whether aged in kvevri, barrel, tank, or what have you–are indeed some take on the color we all know as “red”... more>

Why regulating “natural wine” is very good thing15-12-2016

Recently, Suzanne Mustacich, contributing editor to Wine Spectator and author of “Thirsty Dragon” wrote a lengthy article that discusses how the French are working to define what “natural wine” is. It’s a noble pursuit which... more>

When making (experiments in) wine20-10-2016

Much like when an actor decides to record a music album, it takes a pretty arrogant wine writer to decide to make wine and even more so for a sommelier. Given that I’m both of... more>
Photo by Julia Claxton

ICCWS 2016, Wow!31-05-2016

This past Saturday marked the end of the three day event called, the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium 2016. That lengthy title sums up the event very well as it was three intense days focused... more>
Their dormant vineyards in Garraf

A further taste of Alemany i Corrio24-02-2016

In my much longer article about the “rebellious” winemakers of DO Penedès, I made but a brief mention of Irene Alemany and her winery, Alemany i Corrio. They are to a large degree, the anti-Penedès... more>