Cognac Wine


Table wine production has existed in the Cognac region of France since the Romans first planted grapes for cultivation in ancient times. But Cognac as a brandy was born from serendipitous events in the 16th century, when the Dutch began trading with France for goods such as salt, wood and wine, transporting these commodities along the River Charente. They found the wine would often suffer in the journey back, so they took to transforming it into eau-de-vie, which also made it easier to store on board the ships. The Dutch began referring to this spirit as “brandewijn,” which means “burnt wine,” referring to the cooking aspect of distillation. Eventually this shortened to just “brandy.” Distillers realized the brandy would be smoother with a second distillation, and benefit from aging in barrels as with table wine. The name Cognac became synonymous with this special local brandy. In 1909, the name became official and in 1936, it was given its own AOC (Appellation Read more »

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  • Cognac lovers should know that the big, well known cognac houses; Hennessy, Martel, Remy Martin, Courvoisier etc own very little in the way of vines - they buy the vast majority of the basic eau-de-vie from small independent growers. There are several thousand of these small growers - all located in the quite small Cognac region in south-west Fr...

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  • Cognac Otard Vs NV


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    Wine review by mamartinez

  • Is the menu at 14:39 what you were referencing? If so, it looks this version of ... wines dominate--Champagne, Cognac, Graves, Hospices de Beaune, Sauternes and St. Emilion--but also includes  Hockheimer, Port and Sherry  .  The only producers that it mentions are Veuve Clicquot and d'Yquem.  It actually looks like a pretty decadent meal.  ; Read More

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  • This was a couple of nights ago, to be technically correct.  Requiem ... ... away from the cognac and marc de Bourgogne and grappa at end to go what became scarily Swiss with schnapps (kirschwasser—already in the fondue and the gateau chocolate---, kubler absinthe, pfluemli, appenzeller, abricotine, etter and others were circulating, OMG even... Read More

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  • I drink more (fino) sherry as an aperitif than any other type. Have no problem ... liquor (grappa, armagnac and cognac, calvados, poire william, etc.) with coffee after dinner as dessert wine over the course of a year--they don't clash but tend to complement those food dessert Read More

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  • Hi I am Ian fondly known as Digo and I am slowly learning to pick wines. I love ... I absolutely enjoy a great cognac any hour of the da Read More

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  • EM - I'm feeling the desire for a Ridge Zinfandel, but that would mean a ... a ... him opening the 2003 cognac at the end, but I have a picture to prove it.  I don't think we had a dessert but who knows?  We managed to walk back home but the next day (Sunday) we both were hung over and of course we realized that this was just too much alcohol... Read More

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  • Navan Cognac Vanilla'


    Unfortunately, Navan is no longer available in the U.S. except through private auction. But, we have a great substitute for Navan. It's called Artez Arvani and is an Armagnac in which full Madagascar vanilla beans have steeped. It's a little less sweetened than Navan however, which is actually good for the cocktails. Check us out, www.heavenlysp... Read More

    Wine review by Ndolin

  • A few other things to keep in mind. The grape with the most acreage under vine, ... course is the grape used in Cognac and Armagnac and less-distinguished brandies.Rkatsiteli I'm skeptical about. It's hard to get real figures. The grape is from Georgia and it produced a lot of plonk for the Soviet Union. There's not much of it anywhere else. Th... Read More

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  • Edgard Leyrat le Reviseur Vsop


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    Wine review by mark

  • Camus X.O. Superior Cognac France


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