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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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  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Petit Manseng

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Gros Manseng

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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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  • Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Good wine but it needs a few years for the tannins to soften and the ripe fruit to mellow. Read More

    Wine review by BradoP


  • Moss Wood Amy's 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by BradoP


  • Tempo Madiran Chateau Peyros 2006

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    I bought this wine a while ago from Leon Stolarski Wines and I think I paid around a tenner for it.The Madiran AOC was created in 1948,although wine making in the area goes back to at least medieval times,for red wines [white wines from the area come under the Pacherenc AOC] produced around the village of that name about 20 miles north-east of t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos la Coutale Malbec 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne 2012

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    Very nice French blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng. Light and easy drinking with a touch of grapefruit, lemon, crisp acidity and enough backbone to carry the flavors. Great QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Prieure de Cenac 2011

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    My Rating : 88 Firm strong Body, with strong Malbec flavors. Could have more complexity but quite amazing for a French Malbec.nice complex nose. Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • Okay, I can make the official announcement:  My dear friend Michelle Armour of JAM PR, a wine public relations company, will be joining us and has arranged for her clients James Hall and Anne Moses of Patz and Hall, to come.  (GdP and OT guessed correctly via messages.) They are going to bring some of their wines and explain the differences in t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Throw Down for West...


  • Château Peyros Madiran 2006

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    A very nice bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by suesue18


  • From a Local: The weather will be stunning, so pack some cheese, salami and bread from Di Raimondos Italian Market (822 13th Street) and head out to the West Side of Paso Robles. I always make a stop at Halter Ranch - good wines, great setting. Paso Livo Olive Oil  is nearby- a great place to stop between tastings. Both are very near Denner (cal... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Paso Robles tips?


  • Leeuwin Estate Shiraz Margaret River Art Series 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by knalselder


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