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What's a "Tarragona" & the Instagram Wine Scam
Year 11, No. 05
This word has never sounded so sweet because here in Spain, they lifted the State of Emergency a few days ago as well as the curfew and regional confinements. There's still a pandemic very much raging about, but we are indeed now free to carefully move about the country.
Due to our being fully locked down for so long it allowed me to create yet another in-depth regional report, in this case on DO Tarragona which is now live on the site. This is a region just next door to me in Priorat, yet was always something of an enigma due to its multifaceted nature and I don't think I'm the only one in this camp. There are some good wines there despite the fact it's a complex region to understand.
Unfortunately it's clear that the nefarious amongst us know we're spending a great deal more time on social networks these days and I need to warn you about a scam on Instagram targeted at wine people that's been popping up as of late.
Take care with that, stay in touch, and stay safe as we all pop our heads out into the sunshine again!
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REGIONAL WINE REPORT
I knew little more than the basics about this DO so I set out to fix that. The new Regional and Tasting Reports cover what is one of Catalunya's very unknown DOs.
It's been a long time getting here, starting with the Vi de Vila or "Village" classification waaaay back in 2009. But last week, we saw the formal announcement of the first three vineyards to be classified at the top tier of the new system.
AND NOW THIS
"The Wines of the Rhône" * offers up a fresh and exceedingly comprehensive take on this massive region in Southern France. Author Matt Walls was has done a great job compiling this solid reference book.
IN THE GLASS
Gigondas AOC, France
Monthélie, Bourgogne, France