Savennières, Loire Valley

Today dear readers we travel to an absolutely tiny region in the middle of the Loire Valley which produces very age-worthy and unique style of wines (for the region at least) from one of the lesser-known white grapes. Today Savennières is developing into one of France’s central learning grounds in the viticultural practices of Biodynamics,…

Morey-Saint-Denis

A small yet mighty appellation boasting 5 Grand Cru and 20 Premier Cru vineyards, Morey-Saint-Denis (MSD for short) is often overlooked by collectors who know neighbouring regions Gevrey-Chambertin to the north and Chambolle-Musigny to the south better. Those who have tried wines from this appellation (especially bottles of Grand Cru quality!) will attest that this…

Condrieu, Northern Rhone

Today dear readers, we travel to the largest white wine-producing region in the Northern Rhone, which to be honest is really not saying much, because Condrieu is the smallest appellation in the whole of the Rhone Valley at 125 hectares. Now before anyone with an intimate knowledge of the Northern Rhone gets too upset, I…

Tavel, Southern Rhone

Today we’ll be travelling to a very small yet influential appellation in France’s Southern Rhone region. Tavel is located just north of regional capital Avignon, and is surrounded almost entirely by regions that produce nothing but heavy, rich red wines from the classic GSM (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre) blend all along the Rhone as it meanders south to…

Corbieres, France

So first of all, this article marks my 100th Friday Focus! Hard to believe this has been running for over 2 years now! Again my thanks to all of you who read my piece which would have petered out into obscurity without your support and kind words. But enough of that and onto the important thing-…

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…