Pessac-Léognan is, without fail, the home of all of the Graves appellation's most famous red wines. Although it has only existed since 1987, in that time Pessac-Léognan has picked up a reputation for exclusivity that only slightly trails the Médoc villages, St-Émilion, and Pomerol. Since its inception, Pessac-Léognan has attracted attention as a very concentrated area for the best of the powerful minerally red wines and luscious dry whites of the former Graves appellation.
October is a month of celebrations ! Enjoy these amazing wines selected by our in-house Sommeliers to participate to the party !
The French population as a whole tends to consume a good bit of cheese, butter, bread and red wine and yet maintains relatively low levels of cardiovascular issues as a nation, along with smaller waistlines in general. What is the reason of this French Paradox? Resveratrol has been suspected to be one of the “magic keys”, the miracle compound of red wine, one the primary anti-oxidants that is found in grapes. Take into account how moderate quantities of red wine can keep you healthy.
If I were to open my fridge and take a look at the foods in my home, 50-60% would most likely be organic, free range, or fair trade products. Just as we take care of ourselves from the inside out and try as best we can to do our part in helping make a difference in the world by purchasing smarter, we also need to think about buying smarter with our wines. A simple read of the back label or noticing some of the certifications a winery might have on its bottle will give you an idea of how a winery gives back to our environment. This renaissance of consumers demanding healthier natural products has created a global movement since the early 90's. Today organic products take prime shelf space in every big chain super market. Not only should we be thinking about what’s in our fridge but what’s also in our wine fridge.
When living in a hot tropical climate such as South East Asia, I find myself drinking lighter style whites as they are refreshing, easy drinking and perfect for sharing. When I look to relaxing with a glass of white or entertain with a poolside BBQ, I like to pull out one that not only is refreshing but also has good balance that will please with or without food. There is one style that I have rediscovered and so glad I did. If you are looking for a change to your everyday Sauvignon Blanc, try a Bordeaux Blanc. Here are a few recommandations.
Zinfandel was often known as the box of cheap, pink ‘White Zin” back in the 80’s. It lined the bottom shelves of grocery stores and was the main crowd pleaser at any house party you went to. However, this grape variety is making a comeback. Winemakers are producing quality Zinfandel that is medium to full-body, bold, spicy and delicious. Try these selected by our sommeliers !
When most think of Bordeaux they conjure images of manicured gardens, luxurious Chateaux, and perfectly positioned vineyards. Even those novice to wine would likely recognise the names of the five First Growths (Lafite, Latour, Mouton, Margaux, Haut-Brion) and associate them with wild decadence. There is more here in Bordeaux though than just fancy parties and hot air. Bordeaux is the largest AOC in France, making some of the country’s most lauded, age-worthy wines as well as highly regarded wines that you don’t have to cellar and wait oh-so-patiently to open.
Discover these wines from the wide French Rhône region our sommeliers have chosen for you !
Discover these amazing French wines from Alsace that our sommeliers have selected for you !