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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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  • Gros Manseng

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

  • Petit Manseng

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

  • 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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  • Domaine Salvy

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

  • Chateau de Mayragues

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

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  • Okay, I've gotten to the point where I can admit that I love wine. However, I have found that my tastes seem to lean more to the expensive wines. I don't know if it perception or really the taste but given a $20 cab and $50 cab I always seem to lean to the later. The problem is that I can't have a $50 bottle of wine as my every day wine. Wha... Read More

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  • Château de Planques Côtes de Bergerac 2007

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    Sweet but with a subtle taste of 'nail' (clou in french), an indian spice. Is a good table wine. Excellent compatibility with sex Read More

    Wine review by Auch


  • Howard Park Shiraz Great Southern Scotsdale 2003

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    They make great play on the 'old vines' description on the rear label. The grapes for this bottle come are sourced from a single estate in Mount Barker (in the Great Southern region) in Western Australia. The vines were planted in 1974 and are therefore 34 years old. Old vines and extra attention in the vineyard results in a higher quality wine,... Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Cape Mentelle Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon NV

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    Crisp and light, very aromatic Read More

    Wine review by maddoginsc


  • Château la Colline Bergerac 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by sacredsky


  • Château Belingard Bergerac Sec 2006

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    Great floral and fruit aroma, straw color looks very nice in the glass. Flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose, but a nice drinking wine. My 1st taste of a bergerac, I will be coming back for more of this good value, good tasting wine. Read More

    Wine review by rosebrien


  • Clos Triguedina Cahors 2001

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    I just had a bottle from my cellar and it is drinking beautifully. BUT it still has time to cellar even more. This wine is BIG. Well balanced fruit with plenty of great tannic structure.Give a few more years to develop even more. Read More

    Wine review by Chez Fez


  • Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 2003

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    Buttery nose. Medium length. Highly intense aroma, albeit not the complexity of the 2001. Great Chardy! Read More

    Wine review by lhsyd


  • Chateau Lagrezette Zette 2003

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    The "ZETTE" is Chateau Lagrezette's "cheap" wine. Sure doesn't taste like it, though! The 2003 is young still for drinking - decant this if you will be drinking now. At ~$11, this is a SCREAMING deal from France. A truly wonderful medium-bodied wine, at an "everyday drinker" price. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1


  • Domaine Berthoumieu Madiran 1998

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sarge


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