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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  • 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

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  • Mas des Bressades Roussanne Viognier 2011


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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  •  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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  • Green?The antithesis of wine country!NG - are you going to OT's Syrah event? Please say yes. Read More

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