Learn About Chateau d'Oupia
Andre Iche inherited an impressive 13th century castle and a large estate in the barren Minervois region. Iche, now in his mid sixties and never a member of his village coop, tended his very old vines and made his wines but sold everything in bulk to local negociants. Fifteen years ago, a Burgundian winemaker happened to be in Oupia, tasted Iche"s wines, and was so enthused that...
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Learn About Languedoc-Roussillon
For being in a country that is known for wine regulations, the Languedoc enjoys a great amount of freedom in its winemaking. With over 700,000 acres under vine, some of the most exciting and best value wines of are coming from this enormous and diverse wine region. Some refer to it as the new world of France. The region stretches along the land...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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