Category Archives: Wine

Wine Terminology

Every industry creates their own shorthand or jargon trying to make it easier for the insiders but understanding that it also frustrates outsiders. Here are a few of the common terms used to describe wine: Acidity Wine with a pH … Continue reading

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Looking at German Wines

I am fond of dry, crisp white wines with decent acidity but disappointed with my purchases of German wines regardless of the professional reviewer’s rating or the wine’s price. Their labels are confusing and I have been left staring at … Continue reading

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IDOKI – A New Food Label

Direct from Euskal Herriko Etxe Ekoizleen Elkartea comes a new food label designed to ensure that you get nothing but the best from the Basque homeland. The IDOKI complements the existing EU Agriculture Biologique (AB) and Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) … Continue reading

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Wine Jargon & Acronyms

Do you know the difference between OWC and AOC? When celebrating do you look for a Blanc de blancs, Crémant or Méthode Traditionnelle? Are you at all concerned about SOS or DC? Like every other industry, the wine industry is … Continue reading

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10-Vins

Since December 2012 10-Vins  has crafted a business focused on delivering a selection of fine wines by the glass. With home (France) wine delivery, they offer a new way to enjoy a single glass of wine without opening a large … Continue reading

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A Perfect Pairing

It is very tricky trying to pair wine and cheese, you might encounter a Beaujolais with an Edam or a Chardonnay with a Cantal and I have seen it often suggested that either a Malbec or a Muscat Doux would … Continue reading

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AOC Pomerol

Pomerol is grown in Libourne and Pomerol, west of Bordeaux on the banks of La Dordogne as it meanders through the fabled right bank. Led by Pétrus, Pomerol is one of the best known French wine appellations and perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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AOC Picpoul de Pinet

Congratulations to the hard working committee representing the producers of Castelnau de-Guers, Florensac, Meze, Montagnac, Pinet and Pomerols for gaining recognition, effective 15 February 2013, of the piquepoul B varietal and their communes by the Institut national de l’origine et … Continue reading

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Maury

There are 4 communes in the Pyrénées Orientales (66)  at the heart of the Agly Valley (Maury, Tautavel, Saint Paul de Fenouillet and Rasiguères) authorized to produce AOC Maury, Maury Blanc, Maury ambré, Maury ambré rancio, Maury tuilé, Maury tuilé rancio. via Inao Rancio refers to a style of wine … Continue reading

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Châteauneuf du Pape

The papacy relocated to their new quarters (châteauneuf) in Avignon in 1308 under the former  Archbishop of Bordeaux, Pope Clement V. Over the following 70 years of papal reign the vineyards flourished and the Church greatly influenced the importance of agriculture in the … Continue reading

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