Category: French Wines

  • Merlot Grapes

    Merlot Wine Guide – All you need to know

    Merlot is a black-skinned berry that is as fleshy as it is juicy, and that gives delicious red wine. Fun is always guaranteed with Merlot, no matter who is throwing the party. There are five noble grape varieties in Bordeaux, and Merlot is one of them.

    Currently, Merlot is grown on virtually all continents where there are vineyards. Winemakers often like to blend Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon to balance out Cabernet's mouth-drying tannins. Continue reading

  • Champagne Glasses

    Introductory Guide to Sparkling Wines from Around the World

    It’s easy to follow your habits and choose Champagne whenever searching for some bubbles. It is a tried-and-true choice that never goes out of fashion, at least not until the present time.

    Champagne is admired all over the world, and for a good reason. However, Champagne doesn't hold a monopoly over sparkling wines. So yes, it is the most popular choice, but there are so many fantastic sparkling wines out there! Continue reading

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    Chateau Champagnes – Charles de Courance Brut Rosé

    Next up in our Chateau Champagnes review series, we're going to be tasting the Rosé version of the Charles de Courance Brut Champagne we've previously tried. Like the standard Brut, at under €20, it's also on the cheaper side, but since we're trying these in France we'll allow a healthy discount on international prices... Continue reading

  • Mendoza vineyards

    History of Malbec Wine

    Malbec wasn’t a known name until some two decades ago when Argentina introduced it to the world. It was in the late 1990s when affordable Argentinian Malbec showed on the European and North American markets. Until then, the Australian Shiraz was the undisputed king of inexpensive, yet very popular, easy-drinking red wines.

    Malbec was an immediate game-changer and soon started making an impact on that part of the wine market. Its sudden rise was attributed to the fact that many wine lovers have already tried French versions labeled as Cahors or Bordeaux. Continue reading

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    Chateau Champagnes – Charles de Courance Brut

    In the Champagne region, the Charles de Courance vineyards produce low to mid end sparkling wine, with the right blend and geographical location to claim the coveted "Champagne" classification. The majority of their bottles range from €15-35, so hardly breaking the bank, but enough to get good quality wine for your money.

    In addition to the Charles de Courance Brut, they also offer a number of other similar blended Champagnes including a Rosé we'll be reviewing in a later post. Continue reading

  • 1945 Romanee Conti

    Top 10 Most Expensive Wines From Around the Globe

    People have been making wines for more than six millennia. That's 6,000 years of fascination with one single drink. The first evidence of wine from grapes has been found in Armenia, some 4100 years Before Christ.

    And until the present day, people are obsessed with wines. They are so obsessed that they are willing to spend outrageous amounts of money for a taste of the best ones in the world.

    Here we have a list of the top 10 most expensive wines worldwide. Like it or not, their price is a reflection of what people are willing to pay for them, and some in this list may be even higher at current market rate. Continue reading

  • Pinot Grigio Vineyard

    The Ultimate Guide for Pinot Grigio Wine – What You Need to Know?

    Pinot Grigio is also referred to as Pinot Gris. This variety of grape can produce a light, acidic white wine. One of the biggest producers of the best wine in the world is Italy where the region produces wine like Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy and Pinot Grigio. However, outside of Italy, Grigio is also cultivated in the Alsace region of France, Oregon, California, and Australia... Continue reading

  • Chablis wine

    An introductory course to Chablis Wine

    Chablis wines are often compared to having citrus accompanied with white flower aromas. The flint-like minerality and high acidity are a trait of the best Chablis wines. For the most part that is owed to the local climate, the specific structure of the soil as well as the long-lasting wine tradition of the region. Continue reading