Pais Nantais, Loire Valley

So where on earth is the Pais Nantais you ask? Well, it is the large appellation surrounding the city of Nantes in the very west of the Loire Valley wine region. This rather large appellation begins at the shores of the Bay of Biscay and follows the Loire River about 90km east to the start…

Cornas, Northern Rhône

The smallest red wine appellation in the Northern Rhône was a wine served to Emperor Charlemagne and served at the French court of the 18th century, though more recently has found itself in the shadows of northern cousin Hermitage and southern competitor Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Today we’ll go deeper into what makes the region of Cornas tick, why…

Juliénas, Beaujolais

Today we head to the most monocepagiste region in France, which indicates a region that relies solely on one varietal for its entire output- I speak of course of the Beaujolais region and its love of the Gamay grape variety. Gamay is a variety not as well known or globally-grown as many other varieties that originated in…

Cote des Blancs, Champagne

The Champagne region has been considered the pinnacle of sparkling wine production for centuries, fêted by winemakers and imitated in wine growing regions across the globe with varied success. Whilst imitation is nothing new in the wine game, I believe Champagne is the truest example of a product that is head and shoulders above its…

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…