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France - Birthplace of Wine

Any discussion of wine must include the role of the French in evolving wine making whether from the early influence of Christian monks to the establishment of the world’s dominant wine quality codification scheme.   No single country has had more influence on the wine industry than France.  The country remains amongst the largest producer, consumer, and exporter of wine.  The French influence pervades New World wines as well and there is more than an even chance that wine from Chile or Argentina comes from a winery with French ownership.  keep reading . . .


Explore the key wine regions of France below.

Vouvray - Tradition makes perfection
Vouvray - Tradition makes perfection Last week we spent several days touring vineyards in the Appellation Origine Controlee (AOC) of Vouvray, Touraine's largest white wine region. Here, Chenin Blanc is the grape of choice, in fact there is no choice. This is because in Vouvray, like so many AOCs in France, the practice of growing grapes and making wine is more tightly controlled than perhaps anywhere else in the world. . . . keep reading
5 Tips to enjoying the French Countryside
September 6, 2014 Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Having returned from a week in the Loire Valley I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few tips should you find yourself traveling to the area. They are half serious, and half tongue in cheek -- please no disparaging comments from Francophiles - we loved the Loire Valley and are already planning a month long return visit. . . . keep reading
Update from the Loire Valley
First day in the Loire Valley. Biked from the beautiful village of Amboise (after an amazing patisserie) to the village and AOC of Montlouis-Sur-Loire. Vineyards as far as . . . keep reading
Off to the Loire!
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Next week I have the pleasure of beginning an eight day family tour of France's Loire Valley. Always eager to expand my wine experiences, I thought it only appropriate to research the area prior to our arrival -- both to sound a bit more knowledgeable, but more importantly, to try and ensure that we see and visit the best the region has to offer during eight short days. So without further ado, here's a brief summary of the Loire Valley. Follow us on Facebook for photos and updates as I report from the "Garden of France". . . . keep reading
Burgundy (Bourgogne)
One fourth the size of Bordeaux, Burgundy is no less famous. Some of the world's best and most expensive wines hail from the five sub-regions that comprise Burgundy. According to sales data the wine with the highest average sales price is Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, a Pinot Noir from the Cote de Nuits region of Burgundy that averages over $10,000 per bottle! . . . keep reading
France - Birthplace of Wine
France - Birthplace of Wine Any discussion of wine must include the role of the French in evolving wine making whether from the early influence of Christian monks to the establishment of the world's dominant wine quality codification scheme. No single country has had more influence on the wine industry than France. . . . keep reading
Médoc - The Lesser Médoc
Médoc - The Lesser Médoc French wine can sometimes be hard to understand. The system of classifications, the obligation to know regions, the conglomeration of vowels in wine terms (i.e. Bordeaux) can be quite intimidating. Oh, and sometimes a name can have multiple meanings. Case in point - Médoc. . . . keep reading
Alsace - Planet of the Apes?
France, Germany, no France -- the Alsace region of France has changed between these two countries no less than four times between 1871 and 1945. The strong Germanic influence carries from the Middle Ages, when in the eleventh century the Haut- Koenigsbourg (King's Castle) castle was constructed. The Castle which overlooks some of Alsace's finest vineyards is now home to a small population of Barbary Apes (actually monkeys) in danger of extinction. . . . keep reading
Bordeaux - Best in the World?
Land of beautiful Chateaux, meandering rivers, and fine wine, Bordeaux is steeped in viticultural history. Wine making began in Bordeaux in the first century AD. Surviving wars, and a bout with Phylloxera in the late 1800's, Bordeaux remains at the top of anyone's list of best known, highest priced wines in the world. . . . keep reading
Champagne "Come quickly ! I'm tasting stars!"
These words uttered by Dom Pierre Perignon, the French Benedictine Monk upon tasting his newly created champagne marked the beginning of the modern history of Champagne.  Though di . . . keep reading

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