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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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  • Petit Manseng

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Gros Manseng

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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 Chiroulet

    150 km south west of Bordeaux, in the middle of the Armagnac region is found Domaine Chiroulet in...

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  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have had four northern Rhones this year [2015] so far;Chateau du Rozay Condrieu 1992Grand Vin des Cotes du Rhone Cornas Jean Lionnet2004M.Chapoutier Saint Joseph Deschants 2006Cote-Rotie Lucette and Martin Daubree Domaine Corps de Loup 2000I was fortunate to get them from the w... Read More

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  • Georges Vigouroux Cahors le Gouleyant 2013


    Nice smooth wine. Not much to the nose but a nice finish. Perhaps will try with a decanter next time. Read More

    Wine review by dylanjmcdonald

  • Pavillon de la Catie Monbazillac 2009


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    Wine review by Hercse

  • Java l'Envie En Rose Cotes de Gascogne Merlot Cabernet Franc Famille Fezas E.A.R.L. a Chiroulet 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chevanceau Blanc Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Evans Tate & Breathing Space Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    Melon and citrus aromas are light but pleasant, with mostly honeydew, lemon and clementine leading the charge. Flavors are fresh and grassy, lemon lime and more melon flavors are driving with some herbal notes to follow, mostly bay leaf and a touch of basil. Acidity is not overwhelming but certainly present. Clean, nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Clos la Coutale Cahors 2011


    At home. From crown. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468

  • Chateau Belingard Bergerac Rose France Bordeaux Red 2013


    Nothing special here for a French rose. Subtle hints of unripe strawberry, a touch of lime and a little bright red cherry. There's some decent acidity but a fairly short finish on a light weight frame. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Today my wife Sandra and I attended the RdV 2011 Release Party at their winery in Delaplane, Virginia.  The event ran from 1030 thorough 1500 but we were there only from 1130 through 1330 - long enough to drink plenty of wine and consume lots of tasty food.  We picked up our six bottles and added another three bottles of their less expensive 'Fr... Read More

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