Tag Archives: Grenache

• What Rosé Should You Drink? A Guide to Styles of Rosé Wine

What Rosé Should You Drink? A Guide to Styles of Rosé Wine

Someone told you somewhere that rosé wine is both manly and sophisticated. You may not have believed them at the time —because of the pink hue—, but now at least you’re curious. So what are these gentleman-friendly rosé wines and which ones should you try? This simple guide outlines some of the most popular styles […]

• Celeb Booze Watch: Ridley Scott To Launch Wine Label In UK

Celeb Booze Watch: Ridley Scott To Launch Wine Label In UK

Skinny Champagne founder Amanda Thomson is to launch a wine from film director Ridley Scott in the UK through Gerard Basset’s Hotel TerraVina. The wine comes from a domaine called Mas des Infermières within the Oppède commune in the Luberon AOP, which itself is situated in the Provence region of southeast France. Made from Grenache […]

• French wine in cans? Sacre bleu!

French wine in cans? Sacre bleu!

Le vin … en canette: In a move that will raise a few perfectly arched French eyebrows, Winestar is putting premium Languedoc wine in aluminum cans. The 187-ml cans (equivalent of ¼ bottle) are oxygen- and light-resistant and packaged with an internal coating designed for wine. The first cans to hit California in June will […]

• It’s Happy Grenache Day Today! A Guide To Help You Celebrate

It’s Happy Grenache Day Today! A Guide To Help You Celebrate

Today is International Grenache Day, which is designed to raise the recognition for what is widely believed to be an underrated grape variety. Set up by the Grenache Association the goal of today is to increase awareness of this widely-planted grape, which, it says, is the “most adaptable food-pairing wine in the world.” Grenache Association […]

• BREAKING NEWS? Pitt/Jolie Wine To Hit Web First

BREAKING NEWS? Pitt/Jolie Wine To Hit Web First

The first wine to be sold from a French vineyard owned by Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will go on offer this week to online buyers with a thirst for celebrity. The first 6,000 bottles of organic “Miraval Rose 2012” will be sold on the Internet on Thursday for $140 a case including […]

• Tenth Annual 2013 Stars of Santa Barbara Wine Tasting

Tenth Annual 2013 Stars of Santa Barbara Wine Tasting

as witnessed by D.R. Stewart Has Learn About Wine really been doing this for ten years? It sure felt like a well-oiled machine at Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel. Once again, Lou Amdur of the lost, lamented Lou’s showed up and I tasted the 2006 Nebbiolo Sisquoc Vineyard from Palmina on his recommendation. One of those […]

• Wine Labels With Nothing to Hide Finds That Few Are Looking

Wine Labels With Nothing to Hide Finds That Few Are Looking

PITY the revolutionary who, in a leap of faith, takes a brave and principled stand, possibly at great financial risk — and yet nobody seems to notice. Such is the woeful tale of Randall Grahm, proprietor of Bonny Doon Vineyard. Five years ago, Mr. Grahm took the possibly imprudent step of deciding to list on […]

• Bacteria, not blending, brings complexity to wine

Bacteria, not blending, brings complexity to wine

Complexity in wine is a function of soil bacteria and not winemaking, according to Michel Chapoutier. Defending his decision to make his Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac and Croix de Bois purely from Grenache, he stated, when speaking at the first trade tasting of his 2011s, “Complexity is coming from the blending of bacteria in the soils… I […]

• Australian viticulturalist slams organics & biodynamics

Australian viticulturalist slams organics & biodynamics

Australian viticulturalist and leading global consultant on viticultural methods Dr Richard Smart has spoken out against organics and biodynamics, dubbing them “a nonsense”. Speaking at the Wineries for Climate Protection conference in Barcelona last week, Smart (left) slammed the theory that organic and biodynamic wines are better for the environment. “Many of the concepts behind […]

• Costa Rica: Wine’s New Frontier?

Costa Rica: Wine’s New Frontier?

The global winemaking map may soon be due for another expansion, as plans are being laid to build the first winery in Costa Rica. Kerry Damskey, Napa Valley winemaker and consultant to Sula Vineyards in India, has revealed that he is currently assessing the suitability of a particular site in Costa Rica for viticulture, confident […]

• Mourvèdre (more-VEH-dra) grape is tops in Paso Robles

Mourvèdre (more-VEH-dra) grape is tops in Paso Robles

Wine Spectator highlights the grape and the California region with its choice for 2010 Wine of the Year: the 2007 Saxum ‘James Berry Vineyard’ red blend, which is 31% Mourvèdre. It’s hard to pronounce, and it can make wines that smell gamy. But Mourvèdre just might be the best grape grown in Paso Robles, one […]

• Enjoy a wine holiday in Lebanon

Enjoy a wine holiday in Lebanon

Lebanon’s wine production actually dates back to biblical times, but its modern winemaking is only starting to attract attention – impressing foreign visitors with everything from bold Cabernet-Syrah blends, crisp white Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault. For Ramzi Ghosn, winemaker at Massaya, a vineyard in the Bekaa that produces 300,000 […]

• Getting to Know Israel’s Wine Country

Getting to Know Israel’s Wine Country

With more than 200 wineries, five wine regions and a new focus on quality, Israel has plenty to explore. Learn more from three of its leading winemakers. From cosmopolitan beach towns to ancient archeological and historic sites, from desert landscapes to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, Israel has much to attract […]

• Rhone reds from historic vintage fail to deliver

Rhone reds from historic vintage fail to deliver

The current Vintages release features 15 Southern Rhône reds from the widely acclaimed “historic” 2007 harvest. Reds from the region tend to be dominated by Grenache grapes, but up to 19 varieties are possible in some of the blends. At the top of the wine chain are the Châteauneuf-Du-Papes normally, plus single village wines from […]