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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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  • 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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  • 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


  • Clos la Coutale Malbec Blend Cahors 2008

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    Wine review by dghelen


  • Mas de Bicary Gaillac 2001

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    I bought this bottle on-line from www.confitdirect.co.uk for £10 Gaillac is an AOC created in 1938,although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans,for red,rose,white and sparkling wines from 50 communes around the small town of that name some 30 miles north-east of Toulouse on the Tarn river.There is great diversity of terroir ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The oil spill is, I'm guessing, about 20 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara and about 20-25 miles south and west of what most people refer to as Santa Barbara wine country--Lompoc/Santa Ynez.  There are some tasting rooms in the city of Santa Barbara, and, in fact most of them are within walking distance of each other.  I would guess that the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Chateau le Fage Monbazillac 1964

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    Beautiful golden/amber color. Very much a nutty nose with a touch of orange blossom. Charming on the tongue. Creamy, nutty sweetness with a hint of orange tartness at the back of the palate. A fairly rich wine that, more than anything else, reminds me of a low-alcohol sweet vermouth. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Cave d'Augustin Florent Monbazillac 2010

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    Golden color. Short lived hints of tropical fruits. Unbalanced and short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • DV - Triton Tridente is from Zamora, a little west of Toro. It's dry and hot, kind of like south CA. The wines from Toro are usually bigger and more rustic than those from Rioja - the idea is to tame the bull (Toro) and Zamora is like the kid brother of Toro. The Termanthia is one of the three or four best wines from Toro, but it's not like Rioj... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...


  • Chateau Laurou Tradition Aoc Fronton 2005

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    Sediment! So rare. Some spice and tannin. Seemed characteristic of France. I'm not sure I'd enjoy it as much if I didn't go to France. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Okay, getting back to the topic at hand, in effect the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is the other side of those mountains.  Arroyo Seco is basically due east of Big Sur.  And there's San Antonio Valley a little further south.  (Pierce Family, whom I have touted on the "Completely Different" thread, are down there.)  Here's a nice map: http://wine.ap... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • Clos Guirouilh Jurançon Sec la Peïrine 2013

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    Really nice Jurancon blend of Petite Manseng and Gros Manseng. On the nose there's notes of creamy lemon and a hint of almond. On the palate there is nice lemon pith, honey and a touch of almond. The acidity is nice but not overt and the finish is of medium length with just a slight hint of tannin. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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