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Tag Archives: Loire

• Get Out Your Euros. French Government To Auction Cellar

Get Out Your Euros. French Government To Auction Cellar

The French government is to auction off part of its cellar as the state seeks to raise funds to battle the national debt. Over 1,000 bottles will be auctioned by Drouot in Paris on the 30 and 31 May, with Bordeaux and Burgundy being the main attraction. The sale is expected to realise €250,000. A […]

• Wine outlook positive across French regions

Wine outlook positive across French regions

Champagne, the Loire and the Rhône have all released statements that hint at a good 2011 vintage. Although this year’s harvest is much earlier than normal, hopes are high that it will prove successful. In Champagne, picking began on 19 August, the earliest harvest since 2003, which was in itself the earliest since the 19th […]

• Europe set for earliest grape harvest in 200 years

Europe set for earliest grape harvest in 200 years

Harvests in many of Europe’s main wine regions are set to start at one of the earliest times in nearly 200 years. A warm, dry spring and summer have contributed to an incredibly advanced growing season, a full three weeks in advance of what it would normally be in some areas. This spring was reportedly […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” at Covell

“a woman walks into a bar…” at Covell

Friday night crazy, staying local, criteria for finding a bar is a parking space. Covell, a hot little wine bar in the ‘hood, qualifies. Whoa, scored parking only 10 blocks away. I need the walk. It’s a beautiful night. Inside, Covell is not what you would call ‘rockin’, but looks more like a muted tableau […]

• Châteauneuf-du-Pape in white? Yes indeed

Châteauneuf-du-Pape in white? Yes indeed

When I hear a wine labeled “obscure” and “exotic,” I’m by turns intrigued and repelled. Intrigued because it’s always interesting to taste something I’ve never tasted before. Repelled because the wine in question is so often less than noteworthy. In fact, for “exotic” you might as well substitute “weird.” Sometimes an obscure wine seems to […]