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Sitting down with Fredi Torres

Fredi Torres is a busy guy. If you follow his Instagram you’ll see that he’d often traveling, drinking good wine, eating good food, or just dealing with an overabundance of tomatoes. All joking aside, the reason his Instagram is all over the place is because he is all over the place whether consulting in Empordà, working on project with partners in Ribeira Sacra,... more>

That rosé time of year

Despite the rather sudden change to Fall-like weather here in the middle of August, this would be the traditional time of year in Catalonia to crack open a bottle of fresh rosé wine. In my latest column in Barcelona Metropolitan I take a look at two options that offer up a bit more than the usual glass of the pink stuff. It’s August... more>

To somm or not to somm

At the end of last week I was having a meal with friends in the Priorat village of Porrera at La Cooperativa. The friends in question happened to be Albert and Roger of Vall Llach and Maria of Sangenís i Vaqué–good friends to have and naturally we were joined by Ana and Joaquim, the owners of Cal Compte in the next village over.... more>

A further history of Priorat’s “clos” wineries

When we started researching the first edition of our Priorat book two years ago, one of the big goals was to unravel all the various versions of history that are known to crisscross DOQ Priorat. Sometimes a version is told to bolster a reputation, other times it’s just remembered poorly, and other times it’s told to maliciously discredit another. History, much like beauty,... more>

Gramona does three takes on Xarel·lo

Stalwart producer of DO Penedès and DO Cava, Gramona has brought out a line of three wine whites all based around the grape, Xarel·lo. For those who might be unfamiliar with the name, it’s a key part to the blends that go in to Cava and it’s a serious workhorse for the Penedès region. As a single varietal wine, it can produce light,... more>

You say “lip stinger”, I say no

I’m not sure why I’m such a pedantic twit when it comes to wine grape names. I suppose it’s because all European grapes have a name that typically means something whether it’s the place they’re from (like Carignan/Carinyena) or describes their history appearance or taste like Plavac Mali or Escanyavella (“little blue” and “old lady strangler”, respectively.) The problem is that in this... more>

Going with the flow in Empordà

The summer is again not playing nice as just yesterday it was pouring rain and about 20C while I wrote this article, which is a slightly changed version of my latest on Barcelona Metropolitan. Still, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s probably much more sunny where you are and so these two wines are highly recommendable if so. Most people long ago... more>

In The Glass: Rebels de Batea 2013

These new wines called, “Rebels de Batea” are part of a larger series called, 7 Magnifics or the “Magnificent Seven”. It’s a project of überwinery, Torres to create smaller wines in unique locations with the idea to showcase what’s special about the region. These first two bottles in the series–a white and a red–are from Terra Alta and almost completely Grenache. The marketing... more>

For a fresh summer, White Grenache

As if to emphasize just how “fresh” summer can be, it’s pouring rain and about 24C while I write this article, which is a slightly adapted version from my wine column on Barcelona Metropolitan. But, suffice to say, I love the summers in Catalonia where the long days and just a touch of heat (compared to July & August of course) remind us... more>

The tastes of Priorat

I’m often in the Catalan comarca of Priorat. A large part of the reason is due to the Priorat book, new Montsant book, or taking small groups of visitors around on the occasional wine tours. Naturally, this means I get to sample the region continuously on a regular basis which I freely admit I’m very spoiled to be able to do, although I’ll... more>