Tag: Rhone Valley
Invitation to Join French #Winophiles Exploration of Rasteau
Long known for its Vin Doux Naturel wines in red and white, Rasteau, in southern Rhône Valley, was awarded Cru status for its dry red wines in 2010. The diverse soil gives the wines complexity and elegance. Lying within the Mistral corridor, Laurent Robert of Domaine Combre Juliere, describes the wines as “skeletons of the…
Forbes Article: Look Beyond Châteauneuf-du-Pape For Outstanding Southern Rhône Red Wines
My latest Forbes Life article, takes a journey to southern Rhône to look beyond Châteauneuf-du-Pape for outstanding red wines with less lofty price tags. Come with me and explore the Crus Cairanne, Rasteau, Lirac, and Gigondas for high quality, affordable, southern Rhône red wines.
Forbes Article – 5 French Wine Routes To Explore This Fall
Experiencing other cultures through travel is one of life’s greatest joys. In my latest article for Forbes digital I explore five French wine regions through their historic wine routes. Going beyond wine, these routes take would be adventurers through some of France’s most iconic regions, diving into history, culture, and stunning landscapes.
Lirac AOC Produces Your New Favorite Wines
Is it possible to be a wine producing region for over two-thousand years and yet remain largely unknown? Seemingly unlikely, yet the Lirac AOC in southern Rhône remains a best kept secret. Please allow myself and the French Winophiles to introduce you to your new favorite wine region – Lirac.
Welcome Spring with Wines from the South of France (with a twist)
Spring is here! Some have experienced a slow defrost over the past few weeks and are already experiencing the awakening of plants and trees. Others are still buried under piles of snow. Regardless of the weather, the calendar says today is the spring equinox. Prepare to pack away your parka because sunny days and warmer…
Crusing the Rhône River, Sipping Cru Wine
Wouldn’t it be great to take a river boat cruise down the Rhône River? There are many quaint towns with world-class restaurants and festivals happening throughout the year. Best of all, great views of the vineyards and changing topography from northern to southern Rhône. I have written many articles about Rhône Valley wines. I have…
Every Wine Lover Should Drink Syrah
Syrah is a versatile grape that is grown in every major wine region in the world. Depending on the climate and winemaking techniques, Syrah offers a range of expressions, appealing to a wide variety of palates. If you like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, Syrah is a wine for you. It is also the sole…
5 Rhône Valley Wines Perfect for Summer
As much as I enjoy exploring the historical convergence of wine and religion that is evident all over the world, the Rhone Valley is possibly my favorite wine region to excavate historically. Hopefully someday I will have the opportunity to explore it in person. However, the Rhone Valley is not only home to religious history,…
Exploring Côtes du Rhône with 2 Budget Friendly Wines
There are so many reason to love the Rhône Valley. Not only is it one of France’s premiere wine regions, it is also rich in European history. In fact, history and wine are so intertwined in the Rhône Valley they cannot be separated. Did you know Roman soldiers, who used the Rhône Valley as their…
Surrender Yourself to Acquiesce Winery
The English languages has many limitations of expression. For example take the word “love.” Google defines the verb “to love” as meaning: 1) feeling a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone; 2) like very much, find pleasure in. I love my husband. I love hamburgers. Really? Moving from English to a romance language such…