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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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Gros Manseng

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  • Domaine Chiroulet

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

  • Domaine Salvy

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

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  • Old School Rose 2013

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    Biodynamic Earthy and dry on the nose with floral aromas and a nice beeswax notes along with a hint of white pepper. Supple on entry with nicely integrated acids. the flavor profile leans a little towards the spicy end of the spectrum as well with strawberry fruit framed with accents of black raspberry fruit and a bit of inky spice. easy drink... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Old School Rose 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Had a very good Minervois over the last couple of nights Chateau Saint Jacques d'Alba  Minervois  2004 plenty of fruit, well structured tannins and a hint of pepper or spice ,another example of how the south-west of France is moving from quantity to quality in its wine.I still have a bottle of the 2009 vintage in my cupboard to look forward to. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau du Cedre Heritage Cahors Malbec 2011

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    Wonderful, rich wine at a great price. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Plantagenet Pinot Noir Mount Barker Omrah 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • We tried six wines at a free Whole Foods wine tasting event last night, and three were quite tasty so we bought one of each.  The tasting started with an El Perro Verde Rueda, which has Verdejo grapes from the Rueda plateau in north-central Spain.  I sensed grapefruit and other citrus flavors with this one and it's one of the three we selected. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Ok, here's the site: about-france.com, proffering 'French wines--a short guide'. Maybe you have to be just a little wine-geeky and well interested in French wines to catch the absurdity, but I wonder how many poor souls have been led astray by the very confused writer up to now? Too many people tend to believe published material, even on the Int... Read More

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  • Merlot Rafale Vin de Pays d'Oc les Vigneron Catalans 2007

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    Jammy with a little bit of spice. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Berticot Cuvee Premiere Sauvignon-Sec 2011

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    Fruity melon light, pleasant aftertaste Read More

    Wine review by mark


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