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Wines of Provence Make a Splash

More than an icon, the global leader for premium rosé, has become a lifestyle !

2016 was a record year for Wines of Provence and it is not about to end.
Provence remains the matchless leader for premium rosé wine both in France and abroad, especially in America where the trend is in full swing.
The increase, by almost 47%, of Provence rosé exports in volume to the U.S. between 2015 and 2016

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Wine Aromas Part. 7

Liquorice

As a wine descriptor, liquorice refers to the sweet, yet slightly bitter and medicinal flavours and aromas associated with the chewy black confection made from the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant root extract.

Although this is not actually present in the wines themselves, its likeness is often perceived in red wines, such as Syrah blends from Rhône, and is usually integrated with black fru

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Macron the French President who loves wine

Emmanuel Macron is the new French President since May 7th.
He is the founder of “En Marche!” movement, the former Minister for Economic.
Opinions on Emmanuel Macron’s politics aside, one thing we can all agree on is the man has his priorities straight when it comes to wine.
After electing a series of presidents who failed to comprehend the wonder that is France’s national beverage, the countr

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Wine Aromas Part. 6

Vegetal

When describing wine, vegetal can be used in a negative or positive sense — as with most tasting notes it’s a question of balance. If the vegetal character is too overbearing, it can become an unpleasant indicator that the wine is too ‘green’, meaning the grapes used were unable to ripen properly before being harvested.

Or alternatively, as with fruity notes, it can appear as unattrac

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Organic Wines

No Chemicals: This Is the Most Natural Wine You Can Drink

Organic, biodynamic, and natural wines were once on the fringe of the wine world.

Composting instead of using pesticides? Harvesting grapes according to the moon’s rhythms? Fermenting with native yeasts? Such practices were the domain of eccentrics and hippies.
Nowadays, natural wines are all the rage in such culinary capitals as Pa

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Wine Aromas Part. 5

Chalky

The term chalky is usually applied to white wines with high acidity from cool climate terroirs with stony soils, and falls into the mineral category along with notes of flint and slate. Including Chardonnay wines from Chablis and Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre.

Our ability to perceive these mineral flavours in wine has caused some disagreement between scientists and wine experts, but it

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Wine and BBQ

Wine at a barbecue seems a little out of place, kind of like the guest who shows up in knee-high leather boots when everyone lazing around the pool is in flip-flops. When we think of those brawny meats charring away on the grill, our immediate thought is to quench our thirst with a PBR from the ice chest. Sometimes, we might be handed a disposable cup filled with a friend’s latest sangria experimen

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Wine Aromas Part. 4

Honey

The main defining factors of honey are its sweetness and its viscosity. Therefore as a tasting note it’s often applied to dessert wines, which are more syrupy in taste and density than other wines.

As honey is made from floral nectar, it has rich and heady aromatic properties that make it a suitable descriptor for late harvest wines. These can include wines made from grapes left to dry

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Bordeaux 2016 en primeur: Rush to taste despite global uncertainty

Bordeaux châteaux need to put extra staff in their tasting rooms this week as early signs suggest historically high number of tasters and merchants are heading to taste barrel samples of the 2016 vintage in what has been described by some as the region's equivalent of Paris Fashion Week.

Olivier Bernard, head of the Union des Grands Crus (UGC), which is hosting Bordeaux 2016 en primeur tastings

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En Primeur, Place de Bordeaux

En primeur or "wine futures", is a method of purchasing wines early while the wine (a vintage) is still in the barrel.
This offers the customer the opportunity to invest before the wine is bottled. Payment is made at an early stage, a year or 18 months prior to the official release of a vintage.
A possible advantage of buying wines en primeur is that the wines may be considerably cheaper during

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