Defects in Wine

Some minor changes in the condition of a wine are of a nature that will not detract from the wine’s aroma or flavor. The most common example is the precipitation of tart rates, yeasts or coloring substances, which form sediment in the bottom of the bottle …

Describing the Taste of Wine

Describing how a wine tastes involves evaluating various aspects: the relationship between sugar content and acidity; the tactile components of the wine, including alcohol content, tannin levels and the wine’s body and texture; the wine’s finish; as well as the overall balance and harmony of the wine.

Rosé Wine

Real Rosé is real wine that’s produced in a manner that emphasizes the freshness and charm of youth. It is typically meant for early consumption, but not limited to a six-month shelf life like fruit juice.

The Wines of the Côtes du Rhône

The Rhone Valley, by its very nature, has always been the ideal route between the Mediterranean and northern Europe and the Atlantic. The Ancient Greeks used the Rhone to travel into the heart of Gaul to carry out trade …

Evaluating the Color of Wine

The most immediate aspect of the appearance of a wine is its color. Other features to note are clarity, fluidity and effervescence. Commercial wine, whatever its category should be clear, perfectly transparent and free of deposits or suspended particles. Any sign of cloudiness indicates a defect. A fine wine of any color at its prime should be not only clear but also bright with a luminous quality. …

The Aromas in Wine

When describing the aromas found in wine, the first impression to describe is that of the intensity, persistence and general quality of the aromas or “nose”. The second stage involves noting the general character of the nose. The final stage consists in identifying specific aromas: intensity, persistence, quality …

An Introduction to Wine

A brief introduction to wine, its components and how it is made. Wine is produced from the fermented juice of the grapes of the Vitis Vinifera, a species of vine known to man for millennia. A number of natural factors are important …

Armagnac

Often overshadowed by the better-known Cognac region, the Armagnac region in south-west France produces a brandy that is actually older, rarer and with a more complex flavour than that of its “mass-produced” rival…

Banyuls, Maury & Rivesaltes

A visit to the southern Languedoc department, Pyrenees Orientales (also known as Roussillon), could not be complete without tasting one of the exquisite sweet wines the department is famous for. Once you’ve tasted a Banyuls or a Maury it’s easy to get hooked, so here is a little guide to which wine works with which food!
“Sweet Wines of the Roussillon”

Markets in the Pyrenees Orientales

To find out where to get your succulent asparagus, juicy cherries, spicy charcuterie, smelly cheeses, household linens, aromatic honey or hand-made jewellery consult our list of the main local morning markets in the Pyrenees Orientales.
“Markets in the Pyrenees Orientales”

What to Eat with your Banyuls, Maury or Rivesaltes

A visit to the Pyrenees Orientales (also known as Roussillon) could not be complete without tasting one of the exquisite sweet wines (vins doux naurels) the department is famous for. Once you’ve tasted a Banyuls or a Maury it’s easy to get hooked, so here is a little guide to which wine works with which food – Santé!
“Sweet Wines of the Roussillon”

An Introduction to the AOC Wines of the Aude

A look at the main characteristics of the AOC wines of the Aude – a department of the Languedoc-Roussillon that is not very well known, and yet one that produces an enormous amount of its wine. With well over a third of its land devoted to vine growing there are a myriad different types of wine to discover…
“AOC wines of the Aude”

AOC Wines in the Hérault and Gard

The Hérault and Gard departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon are home to some of its most internationally known wine terroirs such as Saint-Chinian, Pic Saint Loup, Costières de Nimes and Muscat de Lunel.

Discover the Delights of Rosé Wine

“wines of Languedoc”It’s summer, so it doesn’t matter what wine you drink as long as it’s pink. The English rediscovered rosé in the long hot summer of 2003, but in the Languedoc it’s been quaffed for years. Wine lovers may scoff at rosé – too simple, too drinkable, not enough taste – but when the temperatures rise, good red is hard to enjoy and even many whites don’t quite hit the spot.

Discover the Delights of Languedoc Rosé Wine

The English rediscovered rosé in the summer of 2003 but in the Languedoc it’s been quaffed for years. Wine lovers may scoff at rosé but when the temperatures rise, good red is hard to enjoy and even many whites don’t quite hit the spot.

Languedoc Roussillon Wines

For centuries the Languedoc Roussillon region has been famed for its ideal vine growing conditions: today it is one of the most important wine-making areas of France. Its Mediterranean climate and diverse landscape produces wines to suit every palette. We explore Languedoc Roussillon wines, and showcase local vineyards.”Languedoc Wine”

Cahors wine

Cahors features amongst the oldest vineyards in France, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. Much appreciated by the French from early days, the wines rapidly gained an excellent reputation…

Wines of the Lot in South West France

In recent years, the vineyards of South West France have benefited, not only from increased consumer awareness, but also from much improved production techniques. Greater dedication on the part of the growers and significant investment in new equipment has been well supported by the banks…

Dordogne wines – treasures to discover

“Autumn, Château Belingard”You may know that the countryside round Bergerac produces wine, but did you know that there are thirteen appellations contrôlées in the region? Here’s a brief guide to them…

Cognac

Image not found.No-one could come to the Charente without going to the world famous town of Cognac, which can be found on the banks of the river Charente. Famous for its …

Cognac

Image not found.No-one could come to the Charente without going to the world famous town of Cognac, which can be found on the banks of the river Charente. Famous for its …

Cahors Red Wine

The vineyards of Cahors have twenty centuries of history behind them: the Renaissance poet Clement Marot, Pope John XXII, Francois I and Henry IV have all been its ambassadors…

Families of the Vine

The families of the book all work in southwest France growing malbec grapes, from which they have been making very good, very different wines for more than a hundred years…

Languedoc Wine

“Languedoc Vineyards, Pic St Loup”Languedoc is the oldest producer of wine in France, and one of the most prolific wine producing regions of the world. Traditionally it has been described as a region that produces table wine, or “vin ordinaire”, and the Languedoc has been hit badly by the influx of new world wines onto the world market. However the last 15 years have seen a revolution in wine making techniques and approaches, and one sees more and more innovative and dynamic wine producers moving into the area producing more and more deliciously drinkable wines dedicated to quality. This guide will aid you on your search for the perfect accompanyment to haut cuisine!

AOC Wines in the Roussillon

An introduction the AOC wines of the Pyrenees-Orientales – the most southerly department of Languedoc-Roussillon, which profits from its glorious climate to produce some of the most complex and interesting wines in the region.

Beginner’s Guide to Apéritifs in the Languedoc

In the Languedoc-Roussillon apéritifs are more than something to eat and drink before a meal, they are an entire social custom! Here is our quick beginner’s guide to the apéritifs popular in the region including Pastis, Kir, Kir Royal, Muscat, Banyuls, Maury, Byrrh and Noilly Prat. “Apéritif”

Winemaking in the South of France

Many people would love to own a property in the beautiful South of France. Most hanker after a little stone cottage; but there are some who are satisfied with nothing less than their own vineyard …

Pineau des Charentes

Pineau des Charente was not made by trial and error, utilising various grape forms to produce a magnificent wine. No, legend has it, back in the 16th Century, …

Cognac

The English, Dutch and Scandiavians have been enjoying the wines of Poitou Charente since as early as the 13th Century. In the 16th Century the wines were transformed into …

Domaine du Garinet Cahors Wine

Mike and Sue Spring came to live in France in 1994 when they bought a small vineyard (Domaine du Garinet) in the village of Le Boulvé of some 200 inhabitants in the département of the Lot. This is their story…

The black wine of Cahors

Why black? Principally because it is almost black, just hold a bottle up to the light and you’ll see into its deliciously inky depths. Cahors red wines are reputedly the darkest in the world; they are also some of the strongest and richest and will keep for years…

Wine Barrels

The Oak Forests of the Limousin are one of five French forests (the others being Allier, Nevers, Trancais and the Vosges), that provide French oak which has traditionally been used …