Making Great Wines in Languedoc-Roussillon #Winophiles

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Although some wineries have difficulties, and challenges exist in the south of France due to competition with Spanish bulk wine, Languedoc-Roussillon area vintners are producing wines well worth the search at amazing prices.

Experience Chianti Classico with Montefioralle #ItalianFWT

montefioralle chianti classico riserva vino

Located in Chianti Storico (old Chianti), you find Chianti Classico wines. Montefioralle is an organic producer located near Greve- an easy trip from Florence for tasting wine and olive oil.

Clarifying Chianti Confusion: Why Chianti Classico is not a sub-zone of Chianti

Chianti Classico black rooster

The wine world can be confusing, Italy is no exception. Many say Italy is one of the hardest to navigate. I found that true unraveling Chianti and Chianti Classico. So is one a sub-zone of another?

Two Bargains From Bordeaux and Bergerac #Winophiles

Bergerac Saussignac AOC France Vineyards

Bordeaux is famous for expensive red wine. But most folks don’t know how large the Bordeaux and neighboring regions are- there are literally thousands of wineries stretching for miles. After digging deep to challenge the “expensive” myth, I found two bottles that may turn your perception upside-down. This month our French #winophiles group scoured France to bring you amazing wines… Read more »

The One High Altitude Wine Region You Must Try #ItalianFWT

Alto Adige gets about 300 sunny days per year – perfect for high acidity retention in its grapes. It’s where snow capped mountain slopes meet a Mediterranean climate with pristine blue skies. And it’s where distinctive wines are produced. The Italian Food, Wine, and Travel authors (#ItalianFWT) virtually travel to northern Italy for Alpine Wines this month. And, in fact,… Read more »

A Tasting of French Rosé

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provence french rosé

California made people think rosé is sweet…and lesser quality. But it’s made all over the world. And, Provence (France) is credited for putting it on the map. Rosé is for serious wine lovers, yes, but really anyone interested in wine. Perhaps it were the marketers that ruined its image? Cheap and affordable? Rosé is just the opposite. It can be… Read more »

Basque-ing in the Sud-Ouest: Wines of Irouléguy #Winophiles

Great French wines are found in the Basque. Most people think of Spain when they hear the word Basque. But a little known fact is 15% of the area lies within southern France, where the coastal towns of Biarritz, Bayonne, and St-Jean-de-Luz entertain sun worshipers and surfers while just inland Hendaye in the Pyrénées foothills captivates hikers. The south west… Read more »

A Franciacorta Masterpiece That Rivals Champagne

Vinexpo Bordeaux was the site of several talks and master classes including a special tasting showcasing the Italian sparkler Franciacorta. Little known in the United States or other parts of the world, Franciacorta may just be the next Champagne. It hails from the Lombardy region of northern Italy, where Italians have been making renditions of sparkling wine since the 1600s…. Read more »