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Slovenian Sparkling Wine – Meet François Botton and Domaine Slapšak

Domaine Slapsak Slovenia Sparkling Wine

The sparkling wine enjoyed was fresh with a delicate creamy mousse and just enough brightness balanced with light toast and length. My curiosity was piqued, questions were asked. This is how I met Domaine Slapšak.

Rhone Valley Rasteau Cru – A New Generation Wine With Duck Confit #winophiles

Rasteau AOC cru confit de canard food wine pairing

This is not any wine. Nope… nor a regular duck confit dish. Prepared with potimarron and duck from a local producer, the dish and Rasteau AOC wine combo could be one of our favorites.

Uncovering Small Wine Producers: Vinicola Petrini in Abruzzo

Stefano Petrini’s grandparents were farmers in a small mountain community rich with history in Italy’s Abruzzo region. Paleolithic cave paintings and Roman ruins were fuel for young, energetic boys to explore. And explore he and his brother did. But it was the contact with nature and vineyards that set their current stage: producing organic wine in Abruzzo’s Pescara and Chieti… Read more »

The Important Thing You Don’t Know About Italian Wine Labels

The last time you enjoyed a bottle of Italian wine was it organic, or produced by natural methods? Biodynamic? Perhaps you don’t know or don’t care. Does making wine without chemicals really make a difference? Organic agriculture is a hot topic these days owing to growing consumer concern about where their food comes from, how it’s processed, and what’s in… Read more »

Biodynamic Bordeaux – Nobody’s Perfect But The Wine Is Fabulous

chateau de monfaucon petillant bordeaux sparkling wine

Dawn Jones-Cooper bought a 3.5 hectare vineyard in 2005. It’s in Entre-Deux-Mers, about 40 minutes east of Bordeaux. Right away she learned the extent of neglect and disease in the vineyard. She tore it out, planted barley and applied comfrey. She is one of dozens in Bordeaux practicing Biodynamic agriculture. In fact, producers in wine regions around the world are… Read more »

A Bordeaux Producer To Watch, Head to Pomerol

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Château de Sales Pomerol AOC Bordeaux

“Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte If you visited Bordeaux chances are you made it to the right bank. There you’ll find several famous appellations vying for attention including Pomerol, the smallest of Bordeaux’s most esteemed. And in this AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protegee) where there are several families who own and run… Read more »

Tempting You With Arena Vermentino

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Antoine Arena Patrimonio Carco Vermentino Corsica wine

A year ago I wandered into a favorite wine shop in Bordeaux and discovered Vermentino again. It’s a grape that grows in many places. France, Italy, Australia, California and Oregon are prime areas. I’ve tasted some from each place but the one that stands out is the Vermentino from the Corsican Arena family. A Family Business in Patrimonio Antoine Arena… Read more »

One Italian Island White Wine You Must Try

Cantina Gallura Canayli vermentina superiore sardinia

Vermentino is the flagship wine of the Gallura region in the north east of Sardinia. Gallura is a specific area where the grape has a striking personality. Today it’s becoming one of the Island’s most successful wines.