Dreaming of the day when you can resume international wine travel? Perhaps this story will inspire you to visit France’s Rhône Valley.
USA Wine Tariffs Effective Today!
In the two-plus weeks since the Trump Administration abruptly announced 25% tariffs on wines below 14% alcohol from France, Germany, Spain and the UK, virtually every wine maker has sprinkled a big dose of anxiety into the natural stress of harvest. Announced October 2, the tariff goes into effect today. After spending the last 10…
Exploring France with Andrew Jefford
Andrew Jefford is one of the world’s most prolific and seasoned wine writers. Read Vino Venture’s 2016 interview in this link to the Wine Scholar Guild website.
Languedoc-Roussillon: 1+1 = 1
This rather lengthy backgrounder sets the stage for a study tour of the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region hosted by Wine Scholar Guild. Renowned wine writer Andrew Jefford will lead this tour October 14-19. Stay tuned for trip highlights!
The Answer is 33. What is the Question?
How many Grand Cru vineyards are there in Bourgogne? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think!
Hiding in Plain Sight: Rapeneau Family Estates
The Rapeneau family has been making wine in France for more than a century. This blog post features Château de Bligny, the family’s crown jewel in Champagne.
Shaw-Ross Lineage Wine Tour
An exceptional tasting of wines from 5 family vineyard brands from the Shaw-Ross Lineage Collection, hosted by Hyde Park Gourmet in Cincinnati.
Book Review: Passion for Wine
Book review: Passion for Wine (The French Ideal and the American Dream) by Jean-Charles Boisset and Marnie Old.
Touring Southwest France: A Hidden Treasure
In this third and final piece about Southwest France, my goal is simple: introduce you to the little-known quality wine appellations that comprise the discontinuous set of AOCs known collectively as Southwest France, and inspire you to experience these surprisingly good, reasonably priced, wines on your own. Here are links to the first two stories about Southwest…
Traditional Southwest France: Malbec and Tannat
Political History The political history of wine in Bordeaux explains in part why the appellations of Southwest France’s “high country” are hidden in its popular shadow. At times called Gascogne (including Béarn) and Aquitaine, today Southwest France is called l’Occitainie administratively. Bordeaux was controlled by England from 1154 to 1453. This period proved to be…