February 2016

The Wines of Jura

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Just north of Savoie, Jura is sandwiched in between Switzerland and Burgundy. Using a few of their local grapes, they have created some extremely interesting wines of varied styles up in this mountainous region. Dry, sweet, sparkling, still, Sherry like oxidative wines, and even a fortified wine up here round out their portfolio and match well with the hearty Alpine food. (more…)

The Wines of Savoie

 

savoie wine

One of the last unknown regions of France, Savoie and its wines are hidden up in the Alps closely bordered by Switzerland and Italy. At these high altitudes, you’ll find crisp and fresh wines made from grapes not seen often outside the region, that match perfectly with the local cheese. (more…)

The Wines of Champagne

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The king of all bubbly, Champagne is one of the truly unique and second to none wines of the world. Sometimes it is used interchangeably with sparkling wine, but Champagne actually refers to a specific area in Northern France – find out what makes it so special (and expensive). (more…)

The Wines of Alsace

alsace wineFor hundreds of years, this northern French region was in the middle of a tug of war between France and Germany. Passing through the hands of each country back and forth, it is currently a French region. But, the Germanic history is seen all over the area, including the wines. (more…)

The Wines of Provence

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Provence, the oldest winemaking area in France, has been pumping out quality juice for over 2000 years. Originally settled by ancient Greeks, hordes of Roman, Spanish, Gallic, and Catalan invaders have swept through the area. While the area is most famous for its rose, there is lots to discover in terms of red and white too. (more…)

The Wines of Sauternes

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Bordeaux, with all of its history and association with royalty through the years, has one shining example that trumps the rest of the region: Sauternes. This famous dessert wine is the pinnacle of luxury, and its price shows this. But, what is talked about less is how this wine is made, and where it gets its trademark flavours from. (more…)

The Wines of Bordeaux

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Arguably the most famous wine region of the world, Bordeaux has been at the top of the fine wine list for hundreds of years. This Southern French region is the homeland of some of the most well known grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon) and also fetches some of the highest prices per bottle on the open market – this is Bordeaux. (more…)

The Wines of Languedoc-Roussillon

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The crown and jewel of French wine production – Languedoc Roussillon. In the far southwest of France, in a strip of land hugging the coastline before the Spanish border, this area produces 1/3 of all wine in France and more than the entire United States. It is also one of the oldest wine producing areas in the country – but find out what really makes it special. (more…)

The Wines of Southwest France

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Long overshadowed by the big names of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone, France’s Southwest is home to some fantastic wines. Just a bit south of Bordeaux, Southwest sports a similar climate with a much wider range of grapes and styles of wines it produces – here are the three most important AOPs of the area. (more…)