Friday Focus; Vosne-Romanée

Originally just known as Vosne (pronounced Vonne), this small village chose to add the extra name on the end in 1866 to advertise the fact that this tiny little commune is home to one of the most highly regarded pieces of vineyard on this earth; La Romanée. This tiny piece of land has been synonymous…

Friday Focus; Pouilly-Fuissé

Not to be confused with Pouilly-Fume in the central Loire Valley (I used to always mix them up!), today we travel to one of the lesser known corners of Burgundy, France; the Macon. A not so glamorous AOC usually associated with entry-level and easy to drink whites, within the Macon one can discover smaller regions…

Friday Focus; Fronsac, Bordeaux

This week we head to one of the lesser-known regions of the wine-producing behemoth that is the Bordeaux region of France. Just a few miles west of the better known (and more expensive!) region of St Emilion and literally across the road from the tiny but mighty Pomerol region sits the appellation of Fronsac. Within…

Friday Focus; Quarts de Chaume, Loire Valley

In the dead centre of the Loire wine growing district, half-way between the region’s two major cities Nantes and Tours, sits an unassuming, tiny wine region of only 35 hectares that produces some of the most powerfully rich and sought-after sweet wines in all of France. Now, you may not have ever heard of this…

Friday Focus : Alsace, Part 2

If you missed it, last week I started my 2-part piece on Alsace, beginning with the history, geography, climate and soils of the Alsace region, and this week I will discuss the grape varieties, winemaking, legislation and how the trade is organised in this historically-contested and neither French nor German region. The grape varieties grown…

Friday Focus : Alsace, Part 1

I started writing a piece on Alsace, and quickly realised that to cover it properly and distil out the important information, I would need to split my piece. So, in part 1 I will write about the history, geography, climate and soils of the Alsace region, and next week in part 2 I will cover…

Cotes de Provence, South of France

Now as I’m sure you’re all aware, the 3rd Friday of September (today) is International Grenache Day, and to celebrate this, I’ll be focusing my piece on this amazingly diverse grape variety- often the unsung hero in many wines, and on one of the traditional homes of the grape, where it really comes into its…

Montagne de Reims, Champagne

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

Margaux, Bordeaux

One of the most recognised appellations in one of the world’s Premier wine-growing regions, Margaux holds an esteemed position in winemaking folklore- but why? What makes it so special? It’s long history? It’s climate? Soils? Chateaux/People? Today we’ll try and find out just what it is that makes the name Margaux synonymous with quality in…

Vougeot, Burgundy

Today we travel right to the heart of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits to a region that, when speaking of quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is legendary – a name synonymous with quality for several centuries; Vougeot. This appellation is unique for 2 main reasons; first, Vougeot has the highest percentage of Grand Cru vineyards of…