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Jun
9

The New Spain Emerging

My previous article on Priorat explained the context of the Spain most of us have come to know, derived from the globalized influence of a limited number of palates seeking

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Jun
1

Priorat: Globalization, Terroir, and The New Wines of Spain

A contradiction lies deep in the heart of wine’s globalization. The standard narrative is that globalization leads to homogenization of wine style and increasing monopolization of distribution. The counter-narrative has

Soils near Jerez

Oct
22

On Reductive Ageing, Or A Few Great Bottles of Champagne and Sherry

Champagne and Fino Sherry share two great commonalities. First, they both grow in calcareous clay and limestone soils. Second, they are (generally) both made with uncommon highly reductive wine-making techniques.

Barton

Sep
5

Of Stump Years and Spaniards or Bordeaux for Regular Folk

Much like Vancouver Real Estate, Bordeaux has been priced out of reach for regular non-wealthy folk. Chinese millionaires are gobbling up ‘culture’ through ‘luxury’ with the appetite of millions of

Godello

Jun
20

Dominio de Tares Godello Bierzo 2013

Godello is one of Spain’s great white grapes. The best can take on the weight and length of high quality Chardonnay but with their own unique minerality. The grape is

Mar
25

Bodegas Valduero Garcia Viadero Bianco de Albillo 2012

While much attention is given to the value of Spanish red wine, far less ink is spilled over the whites. That’s a shame as in my opinion, Spain makes some

Feb
22

Tinto Pesquera Ribera del Duero Crianza 2009

One of Spain’s best values is also one of red wine’s most consistent and fairly priced bottles every vintage: pioneering produce Alejandro Fernandez’ Tinto Pesequera Crianza. I love Ribera del

Sep
29

Suertes del Marques Valle de la Orotava La Solana 2010

The Canary Islands are making some of my favourites wines in Spain, with an increasing number of producers that are taking advantage of the island chain’s ancient, ungrafted indigenous vines

Nov
3

Bodegas Robles Piedra Luenga Pedro Ximenez NV

This is one of the most remarkable wines I’ve had in a while. In the context of Sherry, this copper hued Pedro Ximenez is unlike anything else going on today.

Jul
23

Vinedo Y Bodegas de la Marquesa Valserrano Gran Reserva Rioja 2001

Ah, the Rioja debate. Modernists vs. traditionalists. If you’ve read this blog at all for the past while you’ll know I tend toward the latter. There aren’t really any traditionalists