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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Qu’est-ce qu’on attend d’un BIB pour l’été ?

On n’apprécie pas les vins de la même façon quand il fait chaud ou quand il fait froid. On peut dire que c’est une sorte de réflexe primaire, du temps où l’homme savait par instinct ce qu’il devait manger pour s’adapter à son milieu et qu’il n’avait à disposition que ce que la nature pouvait …

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« Pouvez-vous identifier ce vin? »

Passionné de vin, Laurent Gibet (du club In Vino Veritas Toulouse) participe régulièrement à des concours de dégustation, où il s’agit de reconnaître une série de vins. Tout aussi régulièrement, Laurent me fait l’amitié de m’envoyer les résultats de ces épreuves; comme sa passion n'a d'égal que sa modestie (malgré plusieurs titres au Championnat de France …

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Valpolicella 2/2

Last week I attempted to present the complexity of the various denominations that exist within this fine wine region of the Veneto, in North-Eastern Italy. Here I will talk about a few of the producers there, following my recent visits and tastings. This poorly framed and hastily taken shot of a relief map of the …

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Miscellaneous, or a mixed bag

I did one of these a while ago on this site: a mixed bag of various topics. Not having any major (all things are relative!) subject to fill these pages, I have settled this week on various subjects that merit a comment or two but do not fully explore any of the topics concerned. Do …

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Domaine Chiroulet, how to make Gascony great (and good)

The church of Heux, in Tanarèze, next to Domaine Chiroulet. Looks like a house with a bell-tower, welcoming you. With my apologies both to Philippe Fezas and to the current US President for using and abusing a slogan of the latter’s campaign. Fezas is (thankfully) in no way comparable to Donald Trump, so do not …

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