Sancerre, Loire Valley

The ancestral home of the now-ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc variety, today we travel to the appellation of Sancerre, to find out more about its chequered past, terrior and why it is one of the most significant and well-known regions of the huge Loire Valley region. Sancerre is located in the ‘Central’ section of the Loire valley, which is…

Savioe, France

Now unless you have had the great pleasure of spending time on the alpine slopes on the southern shore of Lake Geneva, you may have never heard of the region of Savoie (pronounced “Sav-wah” and often anglicised to Savoy). A mountainous, isolated wine region with a handful of rare, light-bodied varieties. I have spent the…

Châteauneuf-du-Pape- Part 2

Last week in part 1 we covered the all-important history and legislation of the Southern Rhone’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, and how these things shaped the region as we know it. Today I’ll go into the region as it stands in the modern world; its climate, soils and grape varieties in an attempt to piece together what…

Châteauneuf-du-Pape- Part 1

With winter in full swing, I thought this week I’d focus on a region known mainly for big, powerful and spicy reds that are just the ticket (alongside an open fire) to ward off the chill. But this isn’t a straightforward region to just blow through; I’ll need 2 weeks to di ti justice. So…

Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhône

I was looking through my list of regions I have written about before (this is the 68th piece, thanks for asking), and I realised that I have yet to write anything about one of my favourite regions; the Northern Rhône- criminal! So today I’ll start large, by digging into what makes the largest appellation of…

Jura

Today we will once more pay a visit to the largest wine producer in the world, France, however this time we will learn about a region found a little way off the beaten track- a region located in the mountainous east of France, often forgotten or overlooked by consumers; the historical Appellation of Jura. This…

Viré-Clessé, Burgundy

Today we work our way south through Burgundy, to the southern-most point of the region, the Mâconnais. This is the warmest and driest part of Burgundy, and is known mainly for its Chardonnay (which is responsible for around 85% of annual production), which tends to be drink-now, fruit-forward and less expensive compared to its northerly…

Mercurey, Burgundy

This week finds us in Burgundy once more, moving south through the home of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir into the dead-centre of not only the Côte Chalonnaise, but of the whole Burgundian region. The Mercurey appellation is a key cog in the makeup of the Côte Chalonnaise, so much so that the whole section was…

Pernand-Vergelesses, Burgundy

This week we’ll be travelling further south through Burgundy to the Cote de Beaune, to a section known mainly for its red wines. However this appellation I’ve chosen does the opposite, as it is most famously known for its white wines! The region of Pernand-Vergelesses is surrounded by vineyards known across the globe for producing…

Marsannay, Burgundy

No, this is not the home of the Marsanne grape variety in the south of France- quite the opposite! In one of the very northernmost corners of Burgundy there is a very unique region that not many people know about. The Marsannay appellation is a part of the Côte de Nuits sub-region of Bourgogne a.k.a….