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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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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  • Château d'Aydie 'Origine' Madiran Famille Laplace 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bobby Brugal


  • So me and my wife took a cruise a few months back. And ofcorse we wanted to try ... Are there any tasting is the south west va area. In my opinion that would be where we needed to start our adventure. Also any other info on personal favorites or unknown wines that are just to die for lol things like that. Just trying to get a feel on what's out... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello all


  • If you want dark and inky try a Fronton from South-West France made  from the negrette grape. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines?


  • Chateau Terrebert Cotes du Marmandais Malbec Cabernet Franc 2012

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15. Consumed on Christmas day, 2015, it was paired with a fantastically prepared Standing Rib Roast. The wine didn't disappoint, but nothing at the copious feast could compare to the Roast. I rarely get disappointed with red blends that have a significant % of Cabernet Franc in them.2nd bottle from Wine Sellers of S... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Camin Larredya 'Costat Darrer' Jurancon Moelleux 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by invinoveritas78


  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • Domaine Guillaman Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne White Bag In Box 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Serendipity


  • Gérôme et Dolorès Morand-Monteil Merlot Blend Pécharmant Château Terre Vieille 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frenzy


  • La Galope Comte Tolosan Rose 2013

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    Another from Lunch. Well balanced dry and medium acidity. Bright, but Ripe red berry notes with a long back finish of Bordeaux and Pinot. Quite nice. Fit well with a Lobster Bisque. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Evans & Tate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Redbrook 2010

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    Toasted almond and dark chocolate on the nose with bunches of dark fruit - blackberry and black cherry and bramble fruit. In the mouth its more red fruit focused with red currant and raspberry, vanilla and a touch of cranberry with a fair bit of tobacco and leather - good structure and a fine finish of cinnamon and oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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