Wine Tips: Sancerre or Menetou-Salon anyone?


If you're a lover of Sauvignon Blanc you will probably already have your favourites, New Zealand or Chile branded or labelled by the grape ….. or maybe Sancerre from France which immediately tells you something about the terroir and culture behind the wine. The problem is that Sauvignon lovers are often hit in the pocket … Continue reading Wine Tips: Sancerre or Menetou-Salon anyone?

Wines, vines and lines from Rabelais!


Stand on the exact spot in Chinon and you are within 10 metres in three different directions of touching Chateau Chinon, Clos de L'Echo, Domaine Charles Joguet at Caves de Silènes and the French writer Rabelais. What's the connection? Well, Clos de L'Echo used to be owned by the Rabelais family, Domaine Charles Joguet uses … Continue reading Wines, vines and lines from Rabelais!

Cremant, Next big thing in Sparkling Wine?


Champagne and Prosecco might be the dominant markets for fizzy wine globally at present, but a moments thought should lead you to discover another sparkling wine type ..... Cremant. This is the generic name for wines made in France that are not permitted to use the name Champagne, simply because they are not from that … Continue reading Cremant, Next big thing in Sparkling Wine?

M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche 2013


An artistic post from Vinthropology, a sommelier in Italy who writes extensive tasting notes, but who unusually sketches a piece of artwork around an image of a wine’s label to illustrate visually the aromas and flavours to be found. Whether you are a wine lover or not, her own artwork is to be admired and appreciated. Do visit her blog to see more.

Vinthropology

Pleasantly nostalgic and earthy, distinct and wonderfully expressive. A bold character masterfully crafted.

Dense ruby in colour.

First impact of barnyard followed by intense aromas of blackberry, raspberry, cherry and peppercorns with soft hints of chocolate.

On the palate it’s dry with medium-high acidity and bold tannins, berry flavours quickly checked by peppery spices.

A bold and young wine showing potential for longevity.

88 points

Food pairings:

The balance of juicy berry flavours and spices makes this wine a perfect pair for red meat and game. Some examples: roasted lamb, barbecue ribs, filet mignon

Crozes-Hermitage is a French AOC found in the northern region of Rhône. It is one of the largest regions in northern Rhône and is generally viewed with less prestige than other neighbouring regions such as Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, which also makes the prices more approachable. This AOC surrounds the hill of Hermitage, with terraced vineyards, a…

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Wine Wednesday: The Prawn and the Picpoul!


Picpoul de Pinet is one of the lesser known, but rising stars of the white wine world. Grown in the Languedoc region of France it is a fantastic accompaniment for any seafood or as a chilled aperitif on a warm summers day. Still bargain value at under a £tenner a bottle!