Chinon, Loire Valley

Today we journey to the Jardin de la France (the garden of France), the destination for many Parisienne holiday-makers for centuries. An historic and particularly pretty part of the region, the town of Chinon is based around the impressive Château du Chinon, which sits on the bank of the Vienne River. Quite a small region…

Côte Rôtie

At the northern-most tip of the Rhone Valley sits one of the smallest, but most important regions in the whole of the Rhone, the ‘Roasted slope’ or Côte Rôtie. The region consists of 10 parallel hills, where the vineyards sit on perfect south-east facing slopes, and rise sharply from the Rhône river, with the top…

Puligny-Montrachet

Today we touch on a region known for the production of the epitome of wines made from the Chardonnay grape, a region winemakers the world over covet, and a style of wine they attempt to imitate. The village was originally called just Puligny until 1879, when the Montrachet section was added in homage to its…

Gevrey-Chambertin

One of the first wine areas in the Côte de Nuits region south of Dijon, Gevrey-Chambertin is where Pinot Noir gets very serious.  With 9 Grand Cru sites and 26 Premier Cru sites (41% of the total area under vine!), it’s immediately apparent that you’re in serious winemaking territory here- but only Pinot Noir, as…

Wine Ark Friday Focus : Vallee de la Marne, Champagne

The Champagne region has been considered the pinnacle of sparkling wine production for centuries, imitated in wine growing regions across the globe to varied success. Champagne is synonymous with celebration, summarized exceptionally by Napoleone Boneparte “Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” However a lot of people don’t understand that there…

Wine Ark Friday Focus : Pauillac

A name synonymous with good wine, (and high prices!), but have you ever wondered why? Arguably the most expensive plot of wine-growing soil on the planet, Pauillac is home to some of the most famous names in the wine world. And for very good reason, some would argue – 3 of the 5 Bordeaux First…