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South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the country, with the exception of Bordeaux, Languedoc, and Rousillon. The Romans were the first to produce wine here, long before Bordeaux vineyards were ever established. In the early Middle Ages, with a now established Bordeaux region, this area was referred to as “High Country.” Both areas would send their goods via tributaries of the main rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne, to other areas off the Atlantic Coast. High Country grapes ripened sooner than in Bordeaux, so the wines could be bottled and sold more quickly, which threatened Bordeaux producers who wanted their piece of the action. In the 13th and 14th century, the Bordelais established the “police des vins” which stipulated that no High Country wine could be sold until most of the Bordeaux wine left port. Barrels of South West wine would sit in storage, fetching much lower prices in the already saturated marketplace once they could Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Gros Manseng

  • Petit Manseng

    This white wine-producing grape is being grown on small acreages in Virginia, notably by Chrysallis Vineyards. The vi...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Chateau de Mayragues

    The Chateau Built in the 13th and late 16th centuries, the Chateau de Mayragues is one of the f...

  • Domaine Salvy

    Le vignoble du Gaillacois existe depuis plus de mille ans, il est étendu sur huit mille cinq cent...

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  • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors 2012

    Snoothrank:

    This was a truer expression of the terroir than anything, which is why I like malbec from Cahors. Blackberry, pepper, short bursts of florals as you swirl. The tannic structure is soft, but notiible and is balanced by good acidity. Well done - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Monbazillac 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the producer at the London France Show. The Monbazillac appellation was set up in 1936 [although wine production in the area goes back to at least the Benedictine monks of the 12th century] for sweet white wines produced in 5 communes around the village of that name on the south-west bank of the Dordogne... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Irouleguy Domaine Ilarria 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk ] for £19.Irouleguy is an appellation created in 1990 [although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans ] for red,rose and white wines from 9 communes around the village of that name located about 25 miles south-east of the town of Biaritz in the foothills of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Costes de Beyrac Buzet 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.nicolas.com ] for £8.50. It is from the Buzet appellation.This appellation was created in 1973 [although there has been winemaking here for many centuries ] for red,white and rose wines made from similar grape varieties as the Bordeaux appellation to the north,from 27 communes ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • OK, what's your favorite market in your area for buying good meats, dairy, produce, etc. when you want to prepare a proper meal, likely accompanied by wine? Or just for everyday living? And what do they provide that you value so?Last couple of times I was through San Fran I realized Bi-Rite in the Mission would be mine there. Very much appreciat... Read More

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  • Texas wines are comical. Had a thread or two several years ago where we discussed the options there. Some funkily interesting grape varieties that will blow a hole in Vino's 'Different' thread.  ;-(Niagara Bench has produced drinkable wines, all the above still undoubtedly true. Was thinking of the mountains west of Tokyo where they've been grow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than Bordeaux"I love shit like this.  As if the only thing that mattered was latitude.  (Or soil, or mean daily temperature, or... take your pick.) Has this writer ever been to either place?  I haven't been to Bordeaux, but I know that area in Ontario and Western NY pretty well.  L... Read More

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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon Margret River 2012

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    Wine review by DTR789WSD


  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon Margret River 2012

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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon Margret River 2012

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