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From AOC to AOP

From AOC to AOP

France will be adopted new regulations for the wine industry. The European Union’s new wine regulations have come into force, ushering in a new era for the European wine industry. – aim to modernise the European wine trade and improve its competitiveness in the face of a growing challenge from the New World. This reform […]

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Priorat – the other Spanish DOC

Priorat – the other Spanish DOC

I wish I could speak Spanish well enough to say Denominación de Origen, but it just comes out sounding French. We will stick to the easier acronym of DOC. Out of the four classifications for wine in Spain, DOC is the most strict and the most prestigious. It has many similarities to the AOC regulations in […]

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A Look at the Loire

A Look at the Loire

Wine in Provence talks Loire Valley Wines Let’s take a quick look at the Loire Valley, one of France’s wine regions that doesn’t get enough love. -Situated off the Altantic coast on Loire River -Located southwest of Paris, it is the historic country escape for French kings and nobility. There are over 300 chateaux in […]

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Garrigue…c’est quoi?

Garrigue…c’est quoi?

What is “Garrigue” in wine? “This wine has an essence of garrigue on the nose.” Ever seen the word “garrigue” on tasting notes and wondered what it meant? Imagine that you are walking through the countryside in Provence on a warm day, crushing sun-scorched herbs underfoot, releases a fabulous aroma of warm, minty-herbal notes with […]

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Wooly workers

Wooly workers

Spring has sprung which in the wine world means it’s time for budbreak, that magical moment when sleeping vineyards come back to life and the vines start spouting little green bits that are the promise of the year’s vintage. Leading up to this crucial time for a vineyard, you might spot an interesting phenomenon in […]

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Simplifying Wine Labels

Simplifying Wine Labels

Oh good, it’s not just us! Studies show that 72% of French adults think it’s difficult to understand wine labels. We highly recommend that the entire wine industry start producing labels like this one above. Translation: The Wine is Good.  It would make everyone’s life much easier, non?

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“Cru” Who? What? Where?

“Cru” Who? What? Where?

What is “Grand Cru”? Ever wonder what you are getting when you come across a French bottle that touts itself as a Grand Cru? Most casual consumers can pretty much gather that such a bottle is going to be a nice wine even if they do not know exactly why. But let’s find out exactly […]

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Proud to be an American Wine

Proud to be an American Wine

It’s not Primitivo. It’s not Crljenak Kaš¡telanski. It’s Zinfandel – Paso’s Wine. Paso Robles in Central California is rapidly earning a name for itself. It’s the next big wine region in California, or maybe it already is. Check out this hilarious video promoting the 2010 Zinfandel Festival in March. For anyone nearby, don’t miss the […]

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Is China the next Napa?

Is China the next Napa?

Welcome to Chateau Changjiu Global Beijing!This is spot for a spectacular wine tasting experience in China’s capital that is becoming all the rage. Completed in 2009, Chateau Changiju  (sometimes spelled Changyu) is like a Disneyland Burgundy-style and showcases all things wine, including a working vineyard. Located just outside the city, this faux French estate is […]

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Two Little Words: “Contains Sulfites”

Two Little Words: “Contains Sulfites”

Have you ever noticed the statement “Contains Sulfites” on wine labels? These two words often cause so much confusion and misunderstanding. So, what’s the deal with sulfites in wine? Sulfites, or SO2, is a naturally occurring compound produced during fermentation. It has also been used as a preservative and widely used most food industries. For […]

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