Le Chasselas, là où on ne s’y attend pas

Si le Chasselas apparaît en Vaud comme en Valais, en Pouilly sur Loire comme en Alsace, qu’elle n’a pas été ma surprise d’en trouver dans le nord du Rhône. En reportage à Saint Joseph, j’arrive à Vion, petit village au nord de Tournon, chez Jean François Jacouton. En ballade dans les vignes J’aime voir les …

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Marmande, where and what?

  The south-west of France contains a fair number of widely (for France) spread wine appellations, many of them quite small and little-known outside the country, and even within it for many inhabitants of this country. It also harbours, by virtue of this fact and its viticultural history, quite a few unusual and rare grape …

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Georgian wines and travels

As promised last week, I am writing a few comments and reflexions about the wines of this country that I have just left after a week's stay to teach about wine in general, although not about Georgian wines as I am almost a complete beginner here. This article therefore makes no pretention at anything like …

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Two exemplary wines from Gascony

This is a short article as I am currently traveling in Georgia (the country whose neighbours are Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan). I expect to write a bit about its wines next week. Just before leaving France on this trip to teach a WSET Level 3 course here in Georgia, I tasted two wines from Gascony …

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Clairette, from Languedoc or elsewhere, an excellent, little known variety

Without being exactly an obscure white grape variety, Clairette is hardly a world-renowned star either. But a recent visit to a part of Southern France where it has its own tiny appellation dedicated to this sole variety, Clairette du Languedoc (barely over 100 hectares currently planted), showed me its very interesting possibilities in a hot …

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Cariñena en Aragón, tierra prometida de la Cariñena

Voici mon post de vendredi passé en version espagnole, histoire de montrer que Les 5 du Vin ne reculent devant rien pour satisfaire leur public international, merci à tous pour votre fidélité Marco A penas a unos kilómetros de Zaragoza, el paisaje cambia tornándose ocre y gris. Todo parece seco, casi desértico. Montes rocosos, taludes, …

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Cariñena en Aragon, terre promise du Carignan

À peine sorti de Saragosse, le paysage change, devient ocre et gris. Tout semble sec, désertique. Barres rocheuses, éboulis, cailloux, le minéral règne en maître, plus rien ne pousse, à part quelques buissons le long des cours d’eau asséchés. Puis, à quelques lieues du village de Cariñena, la vigne surgit de ce reg inattendu. On …

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