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Puligny-Montrachet | Burgundy Appellations

Puligny-Montrachet | Burgundy Appellations

2 days ago
Wine Region: Côte de BeauneGrape Varietals: Chardonnay & Pinot NoirProduction Area: White - 9...
Punts | Wine Bottle Indentations

Punts | Wine Bottle Indentations

4 days ago
When picking up a bottle of wine there are many elements of the bottle to inspect, from the label...
Meursault | Burgundy Appellations

Meursault | Burgundy Appellations

8 days ago
Wine Region: Côte de BeauneGrape Varietals: Chardonnay & Pinot NoirProduction Area: White - 3...
Négociants | Wine & Grape Traders

Négociants | Wine & Grape Traders

July 21 2022
A wine Négociant is an individual or business that purchases anything from the grapes right off t...
Wine Trends of the Past 50 years

Wine Trends of the Past 50 years

July 21 2022
1970s In Favour: Lambrusco, Muscadet, Hirondelle, Le Piat d’Or, Mateus The wines of the 1970s are...
Alsace | German & French Wine Combined

Alsace | German & French Wine Combined

July 13 2022
Heavily influenced by Germany, Alsace is a region unique in its style and offering. Being of the ...
Carignan | Modest Grape of the d'Oc

Carignan | Modest Grape of the d'Oc

July 12 2022
Fast Facts Synonyms: Cariñena, Mazuelo, Samsó, Carignane, Carignan Noir, Carignano, Gragnano, Pi...
Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon

July 7 2022
Location Often grouped together, Languedoc and all the Côtes du Roussillon AOPs are under the umb...
Marsanne & Roussanne

Marsanne & Roussanne

July 6 2022
Often found in blends together, the cousin varieties Marsanne & Roussanne are almost synonymo...
Sulphites in Wine

Sulphites in Wine

June 7 2022

A compound made up of a range of sulphur compounds including Sulphur-dioxide. Sulphites appear in wine in two forms: natural and added. Natural sulphides exist in every single bottle of wine you will drink in your lifetime, as it is a naturally forming compound produced during fermentation. 

Pétillant Naturel | Natural Sparkling Wine

Pétillant Naturel | Natural Sparkling Wine

May 31 2022

Made in the Methode Ancestrale (ancestral method) a 'pétillant naturel’ (Pet Nat) wine is a naturally sparkling product developed in the 16th century. It was in France that this phenomenon began, partly by accident due to the unforgiving climate. While winemakers could produce delicious bottles of wine each vintage, it became an artform to prevent the warm weather of spring and summer from heating up their cellars and bursting their precious bottles.

Sémillon | Sweet Product of Botrytis

Sémillon | Sweet Product of Botrytis

May 24 2022

Once a widely spread varietal across the world, the Sémillon grape has been reduced to a unique rarity for the high quality sweet wines of Bordeaux and dry whites of Australia. Primarily known for its richness of flavour upon its interaction with botrytis, Sémillon is the key varietal for the longest-living wines in the world, hailing from Sauternes and Barsac.

Corked Wine | What it is and How to Recognise it

Corked Wine | What it is and How to Recognise it

May 24 2022

Cork is a unique and natural product derived from specifically grown cork oak trees and therefore there is always the chance that bacteria can carry through. No matter how sanitised the corks are, the pores within the product are susceptible to holding onto tiny bacterias (nothing dangerous in regards to your health). 

Château Lafleur | Guinaudeau Vineyards

Château Lafleur | Guinaudeau Vineyards

May 16 2022

Also known as the Société Civile du Chateau Lafleur, the wine from these are unparalleled and have a finesse to them that has been carried through the prestigious name of Guinaudeau for generations. 

Gamay | Banished Grape of Beaujolais

Gamay | Banished Grape of Beaujolais

May 16 2022
Most famous for being the grape behind the light & fruity red wines of Beaujolais, the Gamay varietal has had a tougher history than most grapes. First introduced in the 1300s, it was planted in Southern Burgundy, primarily Beaujolais, and did not receive the same welcome as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay once did. With an attempt to outlaw the grapes altogether, the Dukes of Burgundy banished Gamay to only be grown in the hills north of Lyon where Beaujolais growers defied the banishment laws. 
Aligoté | Third Grape of Burgundy

Aligoté | Third Grape of Burgundy

May 11 2022

Aligoté has been grown in Burgundy since the 17th century, flourishing greatly among its two greater counterparts. Planted in the pockets on which there were no existing plots of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, these less expensive areas (such as plateaus and valleys) became the terroir in which Aligoté thrived. As it bloomed into existence as the third varietal of the region, it was granted its own AOC, Bourgogne Aligoté, in 1937. 

Wine Glass Styles | Every Wine Catered For

Wine Glass Styles | Every Wine Catered For

May 11 2022

Originating from the Medieval times in the city of Venice, the wine glass as we know it today was formed. Since the 1400s, the general shape and design of the wine glass has remained the same, with a stem, bowl and foot. Yet, within the last century a whole array of different designs and alterations have come onto the market to accommodate almost every major grape variety.

Decanting | The Why and How

Decanting | The Why and How

May 3 2022

Originally it was customary to decant wine before service as it was stored in large amphoraes rather than small bottles, making it difficult to serve wine at a table. Therefore with decanting, the wine could be transferred to a smaller jug or pouring vessel to be carried around by the wait staff. Many years have passed since the 17th century yet it is still common practice to decant certain bottles of wine before drinking. No longer due to ease of pouring (as a bottle of wine is quite easily held in hand) but to ensure the wine is at its peak tasting potential for the drinker.

Pinot Noir | Champion of Burgundy

Pinot Noir | Champion of Burgundy

May 3 2022

The history of the name ‘Pinot’ has often been up for debate, some believing it came from the French term pinot meaning pinecone as the small bunches of red grapes are formed in a similar shape to a pinecone. Others suggest it originated from French villages such as Pinos or Pignols, where the grape is said to have been cultivated since the Middle Ages.

French Wine Labels Deciphered

French Wine Labels Deciphered

April 27 2022
Many wine regions of the world are driven by grape varietal, and when purchasing a bottle, it is ...
Rhône Valley | Historic Region of Winemaking

Rhône Valley | Historic Region of Winemaking

April 27 2022
Fast Facts Main Varietals: Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne Second biggest AOC region in France, after...
Joseph Colin | Branching out from Tradition

Joseph Colin | Branching out from Tradition

April 20 2022
First trained in the art of making the family wine at Domaine Marc Colin, Joseph decided to branc...
Women In Wine | Burgundy Region

Women In Wine | Burgundy Region

April 20 2022
Winemaking has always been considered a man’s world, especially in traditional regions such as Bu...
Viognier | Back From Near Extinction

Viognier | Back From Near Extinction

April 13 2022
History  In 1781, the Viognier grape varietal was first mentioned by name, coinciding with the Co...
What is the 100 Point Wine Scale?

What is the 100 Point Wine Scale?

April 12 2022
In a nutshell, the 100 point scale, or any of the rating systems, are reviewers’ quantitative com...
Chocolate truffles in a box with a glass of wine

Chocolate & Wine | An Indulgent Match

April 5 2022
Whether it's April and you’re loading up on chocolate eggs, or just enjoy treating yourself to a ...
Merlot Grapes on vines

Merlot | The red grape for white wine lovers

April 5 2022
Fast Facts Low in tannins - perfect option for white wine drinkers Second most planted grape var...
Alvina smelling wine from glass in barrel room. Boxes of wine in wooden boxes on display with Alvina Pernot label displayed

Alvina Pernot | Négoce Winemaker of Puligny-Montrachet

March 29 2022
From a distinguished family within the Puligny-Montrachet subregion, Alvina Pernot is a vigneron ...
Wine bottles stacked up in underground stone cellar

Storing Wine | Do's and Don'ts

March 23 2022
Temperature One of the most important elements to keeping your wine safe and stored correctly i...
Man holding grapes with cutters, chenin blanc grapes

Chenin Blanc | From Dry to Sweet and all in between

March 23 2022
Fast facts Over 50% of Chenin Blanc vines are planted in South Africa Before the 1970s introduce...
Jean-Luc Jamet sampling Syrah, red wine and pouring it into a glass while in the barrel room.

Syrah | Rhone Valley's Champion

March 16 2022
Fast facts Many countries outside of France refer to it is Shiraz Most expensive Syrah comes fro...
Man opening a wine bottle with cork sealant by using a winged corkscrew and lifting up the levers, pulling the cork out

Wine Tools | Corkscrews

March 16 2022
Who else is so used to having screw caps on their wine that when they suddenly have a cork sealed...
Horse in foreground of snowy French Alps with vines planted up the hillside of Savoie

Savoie | A Unique Mountainous Wine Region

March 8 2022
HISTORY With over two millennia of history, the Savoie region (once considered part of the Elite ...
Person clipping off Cabernet Franc grapes from the vines in France

Cabernet Franc | Hardy Grape of the Loire Valley

March 3 2022
Fast Facts Primarily found in: Loire Valley (France), Tuscany (Italy), Sierra Foothills (Califor...
Chardonnay grapes close up

Chardonnay | The Versatile White

February 23 2022
Fast Facts Originated in Burgundy, France The 5th most planted grape varietal in the world Not g...
Winery in Provence, darkening clouds over the vines

Provence | Where Rosé is Crafted to Perfection

February 16 2022
While Provence has quite recently become synonymous with Rosé production, a variety of wines have...

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