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  1. Follow that cab

    Posted Nov 01st 2009, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... blended with a variety called cabernet franc, casually referred to as 'cab franc'. Cabernet sauvignon is renowned for its leading role in the wines of Bordeaux where it is blended with cab franc and merlot. Having established its career in Bordeaux, the variety migrated around Europe and to the new world, where it excelled in warm climates such as the Napa Valley, ...

  2. Too many bars

    Posted Oct 19th 2008, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... but sparkling wines are roughly divided into two categories: fully-sparkling and semi-sparkling. In France, the word mousseux describes a fully-sparkling wine. Another important French term is cremant, ... or affectionately as frizzantino. In Germany, this low-heft sparkle is labelled as perlwein (pearl wine); in France as petillant; and in Spain these gentle wines are called vino de aguja. The lowest levels ...

  3. Class distinctions

    Posted Aug 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... classification of Bordeaux and how eagerly we chase the region's bottled royalty. Although wine regions such as Tokaj, in Hungary; Jurancon, France; and Franken, Germany were classified as early as the 14th century, wine class distinctions in France didn't take off until 1855. Either to aid or impress visitors to his 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris, Napoleon III suggested ...

  4. Buff wines

    Posted Apr 05th 2009, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... planted close to the southernmost borders of France, on cliff-clinging vineyards by the warm Mediterranean seas, grenache goes au naturel. To produce vin doux naturel (VDN), grape clusters ... sun. Many Banyuls grand cru wines are vintage-dated, though in a nod to its Catalan heritage, the word rimage is sometimes used instead of vintage. In France, the wine is often enjoyed ...

  5. Delicate princess

    Posted Nov 16th 2008, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... as their grapes are tightly clustered into a pine-cone shape, which is the origin of the name 'pinot'. The ancient wine growing district of Burgundy (France) has long been the royal seat ... of France's Champagne district, where the red grapes are carefully harvested and crushed with the juice immediately withdrawn from the skins to ensure the wine remains the clear colour that we ...

  6. Run riot

    Posted Aug 31st 2008, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... in the mid-1800s, most of France relied on Navarra to supply its wine, even as late as 1898. Sadly, when France's vines regained their footing, Navarra's production devolved into rosados made ...

  7. uncorked

    Posted Sep 25th 2005, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... they use a bag of winemaking goodies, such as oak barrels for fermentation, to give chardonnay substantial weight. The famed Chablis region in France, however, produces light, tart chardonnays. ... France's Rhone Valley. While a grape's variety primarily determines a wine's weight or style, climate also plays a role. Warm climates produce wines with high alcohol levels, which add ...

  8. uncorked

    Posted Oct 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... control and regulation. This system is at its most sophisticated in France, where the words Appellation Controlee (AC) on the label require producers to follow a strict grape-growing ... by their grape composition, but by their place of origin. Over the decades- or centuries in some cases- wine regions such as Italy's Barolo, Spain's Rioja and France's Champagne developed ...

  9. White goods

    Posted Jul 13th 2008, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... with Debra Meiburg debrameiburg@gmail.com Although France's Loire Valley produces many styles of wine, it's best known for summery whites. Similar to Pacific Place, the Loire Valley comprises three phases, with the eastern-most phase slightly detached from the core. The Loire Valley's 'Three Pacific Place' is known as the Upper Loire and specialises ...

  10. Thinking inside the box

    Posted Jun 07th 2009, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... comprises more than half the wine consumed and even France is picking up on the trend. Australia has a long-held affection for cask wine: it's easy to hold a cask under one arm and a surf board ...




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