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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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  • 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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  • Seigneurs de Bergerac Bergerac 2010

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    Delightful wine with plenty fruit, aromas and finish. The tannins are smooth and the well blanced acidity leads to a juicy, mouth watering finish. For under $10 this is a steal. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Sandra and I needed to head down south to Charlottesville, Virginia this week to attend a Louis Black comic performance at the Paramont Theater.  Louis wasn't playing closer to us in Washington DC like he usually does, so we figured why not go down there and make it a Bed & Breakfast trip with some wine tasting tossed in.  And thus it was to be.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Tasting in...


  • The top producers are very goodMargaret River  - bottom South West Corner of Western AustraliaLeeuwin Estate Art Series and PreludePierroVoyager EstateBeechworth  - Northern VictoriaGiaconda - generally regarded as our no1, and is certainly excellentMornington [Southeast of Melbounre and Yarra Valley [Northeast of Melbourne]\Lots of producers ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY


  • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by docdom


  • RC - Ok, I'll look for one of the Tarima Hill wines, although I'm not a fan of sweet wines.  Would you consider it off dry?  Maybe I should pass.  I really do prefer dry wines.So it's Friday and basically the weekend, and I need somewhere to post these pictures from today's activities.  We started out getting Sandra a new iPhone 7+, as her 6+ wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Have also seen his name spelled as La Perouse. Apparently another victim of those crazy Pacific Islanders.Saw reference to him several times in the area when I went to climb Mt. St. Elias where the Alaskan handle meets the pan. If I remember correctly he made a killing unloading some Alaskan furs in Macau (hard to imagine now how much wealth was... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Cosse Maisonneuve le Sid Cahors 2003

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    rich, oaky, fruity, with some hints of blueberries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Bouscasse 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Good dry Brut (not the off dry version I had tonight) Champagne first choice. Flint dry Chablis second. Muscadet and dry Loire SB third. Graves SB/semillon blend 4th, picpoul de pinet 5th, Alsatian riesling 6th, Spanish and Portuguese whites next. Have even had pleasurably with dry chenin blanc, whether from Savennieres or South Africa. In Oz an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oysters


  • Le Prieur des Augustins Tursan 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine on the website www,bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/110831 for £10.Tursan is an appellation created in 2011 although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans for wines from the Adour valley west of the village of Aire-sur-Adour [located 25 miles north of the town of Pau in south-west France close to the Spanis... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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