Do « volcanic wines » make any sense?

No they don't, because there is no such thing as a "volcanic" wine. Such simplistic catch phrases should always be avoided like the plague. But there are wines whose grapes have been produced on volcanic soils, as the recent Vinora international salon held in Clermont Ferrand, in France's major volcanic region, showed recently. So what …

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Domaine de la Rectorie, an exemplary producer from the Roussillon

It is quite rare for me to be in admiration before not only the quality of their wines, but also the way of working and thinking about wine, its possibilities and constraints in a particular geographical and human context, as I find myself to be with the Parcé family and their Roussillon estate, Domaine de …

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Coteaux du Lyonnais: an extension of Beaujolais or something different?

I suppose that most of you are fully aware that the Beaujolais region lies just north of Lyon, and that the northern Rhône appellations such as Côte Rôtie, Condrieu and the others begin just south of the same city. But how many of you know that there is also a wine appellation which connects the …

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Sketches of Spain 2/2: and big can also be beautiful

Last week I wrote about a fine, young and very small vineyard and producer in Spanish Catalonia, Sota els Angels. Now for a total contrast with what must be Spain's biggest wine producer, Torres. Torres is also Catalonian but has additional vineyards in other parts of Spain, as well as in California and Chili. The …

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Des Racines, des Ailes… et des Vignes

Ce soir, sur France 3, l'émission Des Racines & des Ailes est consacrée à quatre vignobles français inscrits au patrimoine de l'Unesco. Avec des reportages tournés à Saint-Emilion, en Bourgogne, en Val de Loire et en Champagne... Qu'on se le dise! En espérant que Mme Buzyn et ses acolytes plus ou moins anonymes ne fassent …

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