Learn About Domaine de Coyeux
In the southern Rhone, about 15 miles northeast of Avignon, lies the village of Beaumes-de-Venise, founded by the Romans. While this image of an ancient town may conjure up antiquity, the region is also home to a truly innovative winemaker, Yves Nativelle, owner of the 309-acre estate Domaine de Coyeux. Nativelle and his family left their comfortable life in Paris in 1976, to...
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Learn About Gigondas
The muscleman of the Southern Rhone, Gigondas is situated right under the rugged, rocky range of the Dentelles de Montmirail - a sign of the rustic, edgy flavor found in wines from the area. The region, once a Cotes-du-Rhone village, earned its own appellation in 1971. Producing reds and roses, Gigondas creates top quality reds sometimes rivaling its...
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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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