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>

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>

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>

Tomàs Cusiné – Finca Comabarra 201208-07-2017

I was quite excited to taste this wine as previous experience with Tomàs Cusiné wines as seen in the “Mineral” made in a negociant fashion down in DO Montsant or then the “Cara Nord” white... more>

Alta Alella’s Parvus13-06-2017

I’ve been a fan of what Alta Alella has been doing for some time. In case you don’t believe me, have a look. To a large extent, they’ve been striving a great deal to drive... more>
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Abadal 3.9 is the newest Vi de Finca19-12-2016

It has just been announced that Abadal’s 3.9 is be the newest Vi de Finca in Catalonia as certified by INCAVI, the Catalan wine authority. This now brings the total to nine of these certified... more>

Abadal – 3.9 201129-10-2016

There are some DOs in Catalonia that are relatively unknown such as, Pla de Bages. Located very close to Barcelona, this lesser known aspect is due not to the amount of production but the fact... more>

Cave de Tain l’Hermitage – Cornas 201219-09-2016

I don’t really know why the AOC Cornas appellation in Rhône isn’t more sought after. It’s a very small region over just over 100ha with very small production of just half a million bottles–in a... more>