Once known as ‘Haut Graves’ (High or Upper Graves), Pessac Leognan was created in 1987 as a break away from the Graves AOC and is centered around the villages of Pessac, Talence and Leognan. This is the reason why chateaux such as Smith Haut Lafitte, Carbonnieux still bear the title of Grand Cru Classé du Graves though they now lie within the Pessac Leognan area. Pessac Leognan is north of Graves aread more
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
If you were to open your fridge and take a look at the food in your 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 when it comes to our wines. A simple read of the bacread more
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 reread more
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.
Red Zinfandel’s DNA has confirmed it co
The style of wine that wineries all over the world aspire to make!
Bordeaux is arguably the greatest wine region in the world. Great cellars around the world are filled with wines from the different chateaus of the region. You'll be raising your glass anywhere across the world and the wine will be from the renowed Bordeaux.
Fun Fact: The first Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines originated i
Wine has been produced in the Rhône Valley for over 500 years, with some of its steeply-terraced vineyards amongst the oldest in France.
The Rhône Valley is one of the most historic and prolific wine regions in France. As a whole, it runs the course of the Rhône River from just south of the Beaujolais region in Burgundy all the way down to just north of the Mediterranean Sea, where it intersects
Protected by the Vosges Mountains, this picturesque region is singularly blessed with enviable conditions: ancient soils, noble grapes and an extraordinary climate – one of the driest in France. Thirteen distinct terroirs make Alsace a mosaic unlike anywhere else. Here, minerality and freshness aren’t just concepts, they are the story of the wines.
For much of its history, Alsace was Elsass and
We’ve all tasted sparkling wine, at the very least around the holidays or when celebrating a special occasion, yet many of us have no clear idea what the difference is between wines such as Champagne, Cava and Prosecco—or how they even get the bubbles into the wine in the first place. Let us explain.
Sparkling wine is a carbonated wine, a wine that has bubbles, which usually takes on the name as
Whenever you say Napa Valley, most wine lovers think Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Indeed, the Napa Valley is a single appellation, or AVA (American Viticultural Area), yet within its borders reside 16 sub-appellations, each with its own distinctive microclimate and its own signature grapes.
Ever wondered why with just 4% of California’s wine grape harvest, Napa Valley is so big in stature