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Top 3 Chardonnays for International Chardonnay Day

5.0 01 May 26th is International Chardonnay Day for 2016.  But it could also be the 23rd, and we saw someone in Australia saying it’s the 21st – so we’ve decided to make a week of it! Once the victim of fashion, like a pop-song that you’d listened to five hundred times too many, Chardonnay is […]

English sparkling wine is the new Champagne

4.7 03 Picturesque countryside, rolling hills, chalky soils, and a cool climate where the grapes are on the very edge of where they can ripen.  If that sounds like a description of Champagne, it is. It is also a very accurate description of Southern England. Those chalky soils are part of Champagne’s secret.  Buried in […]

Buyer’s Choice – Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay Viognier

0.0 00 Chateau de Pennautier is an impressive estate in the Mediterranean area of southern France, 6 miles from Carcassonne.  The Chateau was built by Bernard de Pennautier during the reign of Louis XIII, circa 1620.  The present tenants Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril are direct heirs and the 10th generation of vignerons since the […]

The Truth About Grenache

5.0 01 Grenache. Garnacha. Cannonau. By whatever name you call it, it’s a grape worth knowing about. 20 years ago it was the second most-planted red grape in the world. It has now been overtaken by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It produces fruity, sweet-tasting wines with rich texture. It’s becoming increasingly fashionable. Grenache tends towards higher alcohol. […]