Name of varietal: Picpoul (Piquepoul)

Common synonyms: Avello, Avillo, Extra, Feher Piquepoul, Languedocien, Picapoll, Picapolla, Picapulla, Picpoul, Picpoul de Pinet

Parentage of the grape: Unknown.

History of the grape: Wine has been made from this grape since at least the 17th century, when it was cited as “Piquepoul,” or “lip stinger,” presumably because of its high natural acidity. It comes in Noir, Gris, and Blanc versions. The white is the most planted, but it’s common to see all three in the same vineyard. Picpoul was popular throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, and was once a common base for vermouth, but lost a lot of vineyard area after the phylloxera epidemic. It is now regaining popularity, and its main AC, Picpoul de Pinet, is becoming better-known.

Picpoul Noir is most common as a minor ingredient in the Chateaneuf du Pape blend.

Characteristics of the grape: lemon, mineral, high acidity, full body

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  • OK.. GDD, hope you are reading :-)Switched my hearty fall dinner party to an Asian-inspired one... due to 90+ degree weather, and ability to use the grill.Having: 1.  Asian ground chicken lettuce wraps- listing some ingredients:  (hoisen sauce, chili sauce, soy sauce, water chestnuts, mushrooms, chopped red pepper, ginger, garlic, chopped cashew... Read More

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  • I went to a lobster feed last weekend, and as we were leaving, talked the cook out of a half dozen carcasses (tails and claws removed).  For purposes of making soup, that's the best part and it always gets tossed; Its a shame to waste.  Try this recipe.After they've cooled, pull the lobster carcasses apart by tearing the protective upper shell a... Read More

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  • So, I'm new here in the Snooth office and put together my first "Weekly Wine News Roundup" this week (it will get better over time - especially with the help of the community).I've taken @dmcker's advice and started a topic about fast food wine pairings (Zagat had an interesting article about this topic that I featured in the Roundup). Anyone h... Read More

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  • Domaine de Belle Mare Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux du Languedoc 2004


    It has a pale crystalline colour, discreet nose of white flowers, hawthorn and acacia blossom, and a lively ending on the palate. This wine strikes a balance between acidity and roundness that gourmets find delightful. Read More

    Wine review by alienor

  • Hello All!I'm putting a menu together for a wine pairing and wonder if anyone can recommend a white in the $25 range that pairs well with mushrooms stuffed with foie gras, they will be served alongside a carmelized onion bread pudding, so I guess I need a pretty significant white to stand up to that.  I would even consider a red if there is a be... Read More

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  • Pomerols Picpoul Pinet H.B 2008


    The wine was pale gold in color. Its crisp and refreshing and well-balanced. A wonderful white wine on a hot summer day. Perfect with a plate of oysters. It has some acidity and minerals to go along with the taste of limes, melons, and oranges. There is a nice long finish. Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura

  • Grape Escape Languedoc-Roussillon, Sud de France. We, DPD Wine Club from Oslo, Norway  traveled with Wine Pleasures to the quaint seaside town of Leucate. In the South of France, between Narbonne and Perpignan, Leucate is known for two things- the freshest oysters you’ll ever have and the best wines to match.  First visiting Cave Coopérative de ... Read More

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  • I am making Shrimp & Salmon tonight & I need some ideas on a nice wine. Thanks in advance! Read More

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  • Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux du Languedoc 2009


    Nadeel als je het etiket hebt gelezen dat er flarden blijven hangen... citrus (mja), ik kan me zeker voorstellen dat het een geschikte wijn is voor bij vis, mits niet al te spicy. Fris, strak, klein zuurtje op het eind.Ja de citrus vruchten dansen op je tong, bescheiden geur en ergens iets stenigs (waar smaakt dat nu precies naar ?) Read More

    Wine review by aalts

  • Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2008


    "Picpoul de Pinet stands out as a source of white wine in the Coteaux du Languedoc, where red otherwise dominates. This is a fairly classic example. Minerals and sea salt on the nose of this moderately pale wine, with hints of shells, green vegetables and melons. A little weight on the palate, but otherwise this is a fresh, whistle-clean white w... Read More

    Wine review by winestylee

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