Increasingly popular in the Central Coast of California for blending purposes and as a varietal, Roussanne is a trendy, white Rhône grape. In France it is often blended with Marsanne, and is cultivated in Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, as well as the Rhone. With inconsistent yields, poor resistance to winds, and its susceptibility to powdery mildew and rot, Roussanne had almost disappeared from the northern Rhône until superior clones were developed. Now, it is only one of two vine varieties permitted in the white versions of the northern Rhône’s red wine appellations. In the southern Rhône, it is only one of four grape varieties permitted in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Roussanne’s main asset is its distinctive aroma, along with an acidity which helps it to age better than its partner Marsanne. Roussanne tends to ripen late and can benefit from oak ageing.

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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Paso Robles

    Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The f...

  • Santa Barbara

    The Santa Barbara County AVA lies within the Central Coast territory of California. Like much o...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Châteauneuf-du-pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape is the best-known appellation in the Southern Rhon...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is a large subregion of Santa Barbara County within California’s Cent...

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  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery

      Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, ...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Matchbook

    Our Vision. "Produce wines we love to drink at prices we don't mind paying

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Roussanne on Snooth

  • You could always play it safe with the Roussanne. Supposed to be 100° tomorrow though. Crisper the better if you ask me. Read More

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  • I am having some friends over for dinner.  I am making this dish that I ... I ... vouvray, viognier, roussanne, sauv blanc (sonoma and NZ), chard (SCM, SLH), and a  handful of CA rhone style white blends (MRV mostly).  For reds, I have lots of pinot of course, a few cabs, merlot, and a  few cab francs.  No syrah in house... I have a case of S... Read More

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  • First off did I mention Mother Nature? She seems to have her ways of making my ... brought his 2012 Prado 50/50 Roussanne Marsanne from Alder Springs Vnyd. Lovely white flowers and creamy fruit deliver this wine impressively.He also brought his 2012 Esquisto Mourvedre. Lots of this left for revisits tonight!We had some other red starters as we... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...

  • Mas des Bressades Roussanne Viognier 2011


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    Wine review by sanadler

  • Sorry, haven't been on here for a couple days so I thought it was time to ... to ... blanc, clairette and roussanne. Rose mostly consisted of grenache and cinsault and were light and crisp, bright red cherry and strawberry with mouth watering acidity. The reds here were also really good. Loads of dark fruit, plum, some earthiness, medium fine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Merci - Provence 2014

  • We’re back with another cellar of the month. Perhaps unwittingly ... for ... ... for reds; Marsanne and Roussanne for whites. So in France, Chauteaneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas in southern Rhone are a couple of our favorites, along with the Barossa Valley in Australia and Franschoek in South Africa. 3. How has your collection evolved over the yea... Read More

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  • I've never seen TX wine here in CA, FWIW.GregT, have a great time at the Syrah Fest!  Glad to hear you are making your way up north.  Take some time to check out the area.... you might end up staying!  I love the area... if I could, I would move there in a second.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...

  • Most disappointing. Both that you don't drink much Syrah and that you're not coming. And both so easily rectified!As to the OP - any idea how much TX wine gets sold out of the state? I can't remember seeing any on retail shelves nor in anyone's portfolio, whereas if you look hard, you can find Mexican wine as well as stuff from Arizona and New M... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...

  • Roussanne just might be the ticket for the Lone Star State.  This post is nice to see - not only for lovers of the hill country but for lovers of the white wines of the Rhone Valley and points south.  It may need a bit of altitude to counter the humidity and heat, but it seems that those tasting the local product are impressed... that's somethin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...

  •  GREGT: The Texas High Plains AVA are where the grapes for most of these ... ... made two of the best Roussanne's  - Kim McPherson.Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA wineries making wine but from High Plains fruit.&nbs Read More

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  • In Texas Benjamin Calais is king of roussanne!

    Comment by 535087Francotimeo 535087 Francotimeo

  • I noticed a couple of Texas roussannes in the list and wanted to add that if anyone knows about Texas roussanne it is Benjamin Calais at Calais Winery in Dallas. His current bottling is the 2010 La Cuvee Principale, a 100% Texas-grown roussanne. It sells out fast but production is growing and should be more available in the future.

    Comment by 535087Francotimeo 535087 Francotimeo

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