Category Archives: #Winophiles

Gascony Surprise: Meet Domaine de Joÿ in Southwest France (#Winophiles)

Domaine de Joÿ Côtes de Gascogne l'Envie

You know the bottle. It was not familiar to me, but from a ‘new to me’ producer, causing a “Hum, I wonder what this is about?” kind of thought. Domaine de Joÿ from Southwest France in Gascony and their L’Envie white wine was that bottle for us. What a delicious surprise! Price: $18 / 15€ French Winophiles Focus On Southwest… Read more »

Two Sides of Maury in Roussillon: Sweet and Dry (#Winophiles)

Les Vignerons de Maury

In the northwest of Roussillon touching the Languedoc, the small wine region Maury sits in the remote Agly Valley Hills. Wine was introduced here in 600 B.C. by the Phoenicians and Greeks. Historically, neither the Cathars nor Knights Templar came out alive, but the wines produced there did, and are some of the best in Roussillon today. (The above photo… Read more »

You’re Invited to Discover the White Wines of Roussillon #Winophiles

The Roussillon region has something for everyone. Area diversity is vast- the Mediterranean Sea, charming countryside towns, mountains, and certainly, great food and wine. It’s a mecca for outdoor lovers with places to cycle, stroll or just relax. But today what most excites me are the white wines of Roussillon. On July 18 at 11am ET and 17:00 in France,… Read more »

Condrieu – Exploring Treasures of the Northern Rhone

Maison Christophe Pichon Condrieu Northern Rhone Valley wine

There’s nothing quite like Condrieu. I remember my first sip of Viognier. It smelled of peach and oak, was thick and heavy on my palate, a wine I was not eager to run out for again. It was not flawed, but a very ripe style. It caused me to avoid the grape for years. Then I tasted a Condrieu. Just… Read more »

Biodynamic Crémant in Bordeaux #Winophiles

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Chateau de Piote Crémant de Bordeaux AOP Blanc

Aubrion is not your ordinary woman. Deciding to change her life is how she, her husband and kids landed in Bordeaux making organic wines including Crémant at Château de Piote.

Crémant de Bordeaux, Sparkling Wine From the Land of Big Reds

A budget friendly sparkling wine from the land of big reds, a little known yet high quality alternative to Champagne. Why don’t more people know about Crémant de Bordeaux?!?