Archive for the Rhône Category

Perrin Nature Côtes du Rhône AOC, France

This 2009 vintage organic Côtes du Rhône labelled Nature by Perrin is rollicking Grenach and Syrah partnership. Tinted purple and indigo the subtle French oak gently wafts up with the smell of fruit and even some cocoa. I am starting to lean more towards organic wines, and this is yet another bit of evidence that organic does not mean expensive or timid. A couple of years ago organic wine was a buyer beware proposition, but it seems like the weaker producers have been weeded out of the garden Read more [...]

2007 Cairanne Le Pavillon des Courtisanes, Côtes du Rhône, France

The 2007 Cairanne Pavillon des Courtisanes comes in a very elegant bottle displaying the signature of winemaker Jean-Luc Colombo and featuring an elegant watercolour sketch of three ladies. The wine is also very elegant, but carries an intense darker side. Velvety, sumptuous berries cascade through this wine. No hint of any alcohol taste. Made with Syrah and Grenache, this medium+ bodied offering is a serious, yet inviting wine. For Music pairing, the Arcade Fire's Ready to Start grabs that intensity, Read more [...]

Domaine Rochevine Saint Joseph 1998, Rhône, France

We are living in a wine world where the beauty of Syrah and Shiraz wines are developed in the wine making, and embellishment of the wine is usually the key to winning the pageant. I recently blogged about why I pulled out a '98 Domaine Rochevine St. Joseph, which is made from Syrah grapes. Well the verdict is in, and inner beauty – wonderfully developed grapes – is where real beauty exists. Lush jams (like the no sugar added ones you buy at fine food importers), ruby garnet colouring and a Read more [...]

Domaine des Carabiniers Rosé 2008, Rhône, France

Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods? Are you getting ready to dust the winter off your bar-b-que and dare I mention set up the patio furniture? Maybe the food you are cooking reflects the warming of the temperature and you are not cooking as many heavy carb foods. Your local wine store has also taken notice of the change in seasons and might be stocking more rosés.   I used to be intimidated by the feminine nature of rosés. I am more likely to wear a lumberjack shirt than a pink shirt Read more [...]
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