Syrah, son origine, fake ou vérité ?

Au symposium qui s’est déroulé au musée gallo-romain de Saint-Romain-en-Gal-Vienne, à la mi-janvier dernier, on nous en a raconté de bien belles… Si on résume, le ‘noble’ cépage de la Vallée du Rhône nord, qui a bien essaimé depuis sa naissance, serait issu de la Mondeuse blanche et du Dureza. Adieu l’extraordinaire La belle légende …

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Marc Médevielle on Picpoul-de-Pinet

    The English version of Picpoul de Pinet – the white Mediterranean vineyards of the Languedoc – by Marc Medevielle was launched last Wednesday evening in a swanky private members club in London's Mayfair. I first met Marc back in 1990 when I attended the Saint-Bacchus wine competition down in the Roussillon for the first …

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German Pinot Noir: a rival to Burgundy with a difference

We all know that Pinot Noir represents some kind of "Holy Grail" for a number of wine lovers, as well as for some producers. A look at rising prices also helps to tell the tale. And just take a look at the Hollywood movie Sideways and relate it to the direct impact that this movie …

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A mixed bag of different types from central and eastern Europe

During the past week or so I have tasted quite a few wines, in various places and of very variable types.  Most of them from countries with whose wines I am more or less familiar (Germany, Austria and Croatia, not to mention France), but, in the case of this mixed bag selection (see above) from …

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Wines from Moldavia, a quick look and a disappointing tasting  

Production and some context According to the OIV and the year 2017 (which are the latest figures available) the wine production of this small country located on the north-west corner of the Black Sea, surrounded by Romania and Ukraine, place it in 20th place amongst the world's wine producers in volume terms. These figures of …

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Mixed bag for today (2): wine labels can tell many stories

I occasionally enjoy looking at old wine labels, and not just for the esthetic pleasure that their blast-from-the-past graphics, however different, simple, quaint or otherwise creative these may seem to us today. I look at them also beacause they can enlighten us about the wine scene of bygone days, and this may help us to …

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Coteaux d’Aix rouges, quand l’accessoire devient principal…

Ou bonheur et malheur d’un expat en Provence. Mais de qui parle-t-on ? Du Cabernet Sauvignon bien entendu ! Ce rejeton du Sauvignon blanc et du Cabernet Franc fut introduit en Provence par Georges Brunet lorsqu’il quitta, fin des années 60, le Château La Lagune pour s’installer sur les hauts de Rians, au Château Vignelaure. On trouvait …

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