A five-barrel Solera found at Ermete Medici

Solera and the Solera System

Solera You may have encountered this word before. If you drink Sherry or Spanish Brandy, you almost certainly have. But what does it mean? Let us first get some possible confusion out of the way. “Solera” is not to be confused with “Solaris”, which is both 1: a disease-resistant grape variety first created in Freiburg […]

2 Pájaros 2012 – Celler de Capçanes

2 Pájaros 2012, 14.5% abv – DO Montsant – Celler de Capçanes Now we have reached the last instalment of the four Carignan Heroes from my post about this underestimated grape variety. The second of two glorious wines from the DO Montsant in Spain – this one without a suggested musical pairing, unfortunately. Feel free to […]


Carignan, the blight of the south…or not? Come closer, friend…I would like to talk with you about a vilified grape known as Carignan. Or Cariñena. Carignane. Carignano. Or Samsó…well, sometimes. Sometimes Samsó is actually Cinsault (a grape probably best-known in Provence, particularly in rosés). Apparently, according to the seminal reference Wine Grapes (Harding, Robinson and […]