March 2015

Italy vs. France: Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

pinot grigio

Aside from basic Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio is one of the most planted and consumed white wine grapes around. Somewhere, a group of “Sex and the City” type middle aged women are ordering a round of these right now. But, what if that bar only offered Pinot Gris? Would it be the same thing? Would these women be satisfied with that wine?

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France vs. Australia: Chardonnay

Chardonnay

If Cabernet Sauvignon is the most recognizable red wine in the world, Chardonnay has to be top for whites. There seemed to be a trend a few years back, ABC – anything but Chardonnay, but I feel people are coming to their senses now, and ignoring that saying. Chardonnay is made in so many different styles from so many countries, that if you only drank this one white wine for the rest of your life, you would be just fine.

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France vs. California: Cabernet Sauvignon

cabernet

Arguably one of the most well known and widely planted grape varietals in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon has a wide range of styles and flavours that makes it appreciated by casual drinkers and experts alike. Napa and Sonoma in California might be the new hot spot for Cabernet, but its origins point to southern France, revealing a long and rich history.

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France vs. New Zealand: Sauvignon Blanc

sauvignon blanc

One of the most cultivated grapes in the world, being planted from Washington to Walla Walla, Sauvignon Blanc is a wine for the modern ages. Like many other grapes, its current popularity is owed to a new world country that helped popularize it (New Zealand), yet its roots can be traced back to Europe. But, how do the two match up?

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France vs. Argentina: Malbec

malbec glass

Malbec is a grape that has exploded in popularity the past few years, and that is all thanks to Argentina. Bringing it back from relative obscurity, it has flourished in the high Andes mountains, producing powerful and approachable wines. But, we can trace its history back to a little village in the south west of France.

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France vs. Australia: Syrah/Shiraz

syrah shiraz

In the world of wine, nothing is ever easy. One vineyard produces a wine from a certain varietal that tastes a certain way, and their next door neighbour will use the same varietal and the wine will be entirely different. One single grape can have a dozen synonyms or more. It can be grown in France, Canada, Chile, or Australia, each making a different tasting wine. Syrah is one of those grapes.

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Moscato In The New World

california moscato

For hundreds, if not thousands of years, Moscato has been grown and used in wine production in the ancient Mediterranean world. Only recently has the trend caught on in the Americas, surging in popularity partly due to nods from hip-hop culture, and partly due to our collective taste for sweet and approachable wines. But, it doesn’t stop there.

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The Many Muscats of France

muscat

Muscat (or Moscato, depending on where it’s from) is one of the oldest grape varietals in the world, so it makes sense that it has travelled to all corners of the wine growing world. Today, let’s see how this ancient Greek grape was taken in and given the French touch, and the many areas of France it is grown.

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Moscato: The Sweet Wines of Italy

moscato

In the last few years, there has been a huge surge in popularity of this ancient grape variety “Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains” which is planted all over Italy, if not the world. Of all of the Moscato wines from Italy, there is only two that are of real importance: Asti DOCG, and Moscato d’Asti DOCG.

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Wine and Food Pairing: Cheese Guide

wine and cheese

Wine and cheese pairing are one of the top things that people are interested in terms of food. The history of wine and cheese dates back millennia, and seeing as how most cheese production is centered around European wine producing nations, it goes without saying how well the two go together. But, there are bad pairings too, so follow a few simple guidelines and learn how to maximize enjoyment and minimize blog reading.

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