Tag Archives: Grenache

France, Roussillon: “dry Maury”

So, it comes to pass. A little common sense has arguably prevailed behind the creation of a new Cotes du  Roussillon Villages (CdRV) subzone for dry red wines, named after the village of Maury in the northern Roussillon echoing those already well-known Maury Vin Doux Naturel wines (VDN, sweet fortified Port-style reds); so this should be an [...]

Continue Reading Comments ( 0 )

Languedoc: Faugères focus, “a load of old schist?”

Faugères focus: “a load of old schist?” By Richard M James French wine growers/makers sometimes get rather excited about soil and its place at the root of wine appellations, although many of these are so large and sprawling with such a variation in/variety of soil types (especially across vast wine-lands like the Languedoc), that it can get a little too geological, [...]

Continue Reading Comments ( 0 )

How the Swartland Crew is Bringing Up South African Wine

by Adam Japko Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine While South Africa is home to more than 600 wineries in over 90 appellations, a small group of maverick winemakers are stealing the nation’s spotlight, working with chenin blanc and Rhône varieties, off the beaten path in the Western Cape’s Swartland appellation. For those [...]

Continue Reading Comments ( 0 )

Languedoc, History and Scenery, Taken with a Glass of Wine

by Michelle Locke Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine The Languedoc wine region did not live up to my expectations, and that worked out just fine. Set in the south of France, Languedoc does not have the name-recognition of Bordeaux or Burgundy. And what reputation it does have is as a producer [...]

Continue Reading Comments ( 0 )