52 Books Challenge: #28 French Wine Uncorked


This book by Neal Atherton fits neatly into my constantly repeated expression “it’s not about the wine”. French Wine Uncorked is a beautifully written book describing the authors visits to some places where wine is made, meeting some people who make the wine, who talk about the history and culture of their endeavours, while he … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #28 French Wine Uncorked

The wine with the musk-like taste!


I wonder if anyone knows what is the wine that is actually named “the wine with a musk-like taste”? It’s French, and unusually, in fact uniquely, the wine is not named after the grape as in Alsace, or as per the appellation as in the rest of France. It’s a white wine, quite dry, and … Continue reading The wine with the musk-like taste!

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?