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…

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…