Posts tagged AOC

Domaine Vincent Careme and Madame Butterfly on Corkd.com

Visit http://content.corkd.com/2010/03/31/madame-butterfly-and-organic-wine/ to see my mixing of Domaine Vincent Careme’s Vouvray AOC Brut sparkling wine and Puccini’s well known Opera Madame Butterfly.

Chateau de Brau Cuvée Exquise Cabardés 2007, Languedoc, France

2007 was a hot and dry year across Europe, and France was not spared. Winemakers there were rewarded with some hard earned fruit-forward wines that were a feast consumers who revere French blends with a little bit of jam. Organic growers like Chateau de Brau had to be especially resourceful in producing enough wine with limited, yet concentrated, yields. The Cuvée Exquise is a great example of what a blended wines can be. A product of Merlot, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which are all Read more [...]

La Rouviole AOC Minervois Red, Languedoc, France

Situated in the Languedoc region France is the Minervois. The Languedoc has never had the shine or great “Ooh la la” value that some of the pin-up poster regions like Bordeaux enjoy. So if you are like me, you look to the Languedoc for great value wines – all substance and no flash. The Minervois AOC designation gives local growers virutally no limitations as a great number of varieties can end up in any Minervois AOC red wine. This can be a turn off for consumers who shop on varietal. Anything 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 [...]

Les Hauts de Bellevue Red And White, Bordeaux, France

Stéphanie Dolet is everything you would expect from a French wine merchant. She heads up the Export department at France's largest organic wine producer, Vignobles Raymond. Her boss Lionel Raymond converted his 321 acre estate to Organic and is now out to show the world what the organic effect is on Bordeaux wines and has put that task in the hands of a coquette-ish and effervescent sales professional. Effortlessly sophisticated and approachably elegant describe the wine and its ambassador.   Starting Read more [...]

Clos La Coutale 2007, Cahors, France

This wine is a classic's classic. In fact, it reminds me of how a song was forgotten or that gained only marginal success way back when, that gets covered by a new artist and all of a sudden the original becomes a bigger hit than than the cover. Cahors is a region in the South West department of France. Clos La Coutale is an AOC Cahors. Always a hit Confit de Cuisse de Canard (Duck leg preserved in Duck Fat) serving French bistros, Cahors wines are powerful and tannic, smelling of blackcurrant and Read more [...]
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