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The Villages of the Priorat

Why are there five Black Slate wines?

For such a tiny region in Spain, the Priorat has always been a place of struggle against the forces of nature and outside authorities. The Priorat's ability to continually resist expectations and quietly thrive while commanding attention can be traced back to generations of hardy grape growers and the unique communities they created. Indeed, a single Black Slate wine representing the region as a whole might make more commercial sense, but it would come at the expense of the region's growing embrace of its diversity. This is the short version of the answer. I've also created a more lengthy overview – The Black Slate Story.

The Black Slate Story

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December 01, 2023

A Dose of Reality

by Jon-David Headrick   As this excellent article on SevenFifty Daily points out, the effects of dosage on Champagne’s smell, taste, […]

October 31, 2023

Supernatural Wines for Samhain

By Steven Spanbauer You may ask yourself, what do Freud, gothic horror, Halloween, and the following three wines have in […]

September 08, 2023

Some thoughts on Chablis & the 2022 vintage

by Steven Spanbauer The rural and gently rolling hills of Chablis, with their open vistas, interrupted only by scattered woods, […]

September 06, 2023

Clos i Terrasses Vintage Reports 2014-2021

Daphne Glorian has sent me vintage assessments of Clos i Terrasses since 2014, so I’ve gone through my files, and […]

September 05, 2023

Priorat & the Black Slate Project

by Steven Spanbauer A BIT OF HISTORY In 1194, the Carthusian priory of Cartoixa d’Escaladei was founded at the foot […]

August 30, 2023

Four Wines for Unwinding

We all have our favorite ways to unwind. For some, it might be a late summer hike to observe the […]

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