The best of Catalan white wines07-02-2017

Last fall, I received a commission from Decanter to do a report on the white wines of Catalonia for the March issue. As things work in the world of print, you submit the article in... more>

The white wines of Penedès

A logical starting point in any article about Catalan white wines is DO Penedès. They are by far the largest wine producing region in Catalonia and 80% of what they produce is in the form... more>

Recaredo’s Turó d’en Mota 2005 & 199917-11-2016

If you know Cava and you don’t know the Turó d’en Mota from Recaredo, then you may be displeased to learn that you really don’t know Cava. This lengthy-aged sparkling wine from a single vineyard... more>

The Grapes of Spain28-09-2016

The grapes in the lead photo for this article are not ripening. They are in fact quite ripe as they’re the grape Xarel·lo that you find commonly in the Penedès region of Catalonia, Spain as... more>
Their tasting room in the farmhouse

The novel approach of Clos Lentiscus16-04-2016

Since fully moving to Priorat, I’ve ironically been spending a good deal of time in Penedès. First was for the “Rebels of Penedès” article on Harpers and then for the Clàssic Penedès article that’s up... 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>

Rebellious Penedès: “Unrated”28-01-2016

This article originally ran on Harpers but, given space restrictions was nearly half of the original in length. Here I present it in its entirety. The concept of rebellion in wine typically conjures up images... more>

Cava versus Champagne30-12-2015

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner and having slogged through multiple bottles of sparkling wine during the Christmas meals, I felt it a good time to talk about Champagne and Cava. One should... more>