Episode 12: France’s Mourvedre hotspot is Bandol.

I need sunshine! It’s what the red grape variety named Mourvèdre would sing… And in Bandol in Provence its wish is satisfied. Bandol is one of the sunniest wine region in France. Facing the Mediterranean Sea and flanked on amphitheater-shaped terraces delimited by walls named “restanques”, Mourvèdre gives its best expression in terms of flavors,Continue reading “Episode 12: France’s Mourvedre hotspot is Bandol.”

Episode 11: Syrah in Saint Joseph, Rhone Valley

It seems like we’ve really found a wine that Pierre likes! See the video underneath about Syrah in Saint Joseph! Saint Joseph AOC is a cru in the northern part of Rhône. Syrah originates here, so no wonder this part of the Rhône is world famous for its excellent Syrah wines. The northern part ofContinue reading “Episode 11: Syrah in Saint Joseph, Rhone Valley”

Episode 10: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, cry for joy!

Le Marche is a central Italian region on the Adriatic Sea. It’s famous for one of Italy’s best white grapes, Verdicchio, but also has some really cool red grapes that are like hidden gems – just like the region they come from. Lacrima is one of those grapes. Lacrima means teardrop. This either refers toContinue reading “Episode 10: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, cry for joy!”

Episode 9: Cassis, a Provençal white wine

Provence is rightfully renown for the best rosé wines in the world, but there is more to Provence. Just check out this beautiful wine found in the Cassis AOC! Had you ever heard of Cassis, the wine region? I wouldn’t be surprised if you hadn’t. The area covers merely 200 hectares, but viticulture here hasContinue reading “Episode 9: Cassis, a Provençal white wine”

Episode 8: Sicily’s only DOCG wine

Even though the island makes large quantities of wine, its only DOCG wine region – for the moment – is a red wine. It’s called Cerasuolo di Vittoria. “Cerasuolo” derives from the word cherry, and Vittoria is the central town of the region. Here a special red grape originates called Frappato.  Frappato does well inContinue reading “Episode 8: Sicily’s only DOCG wine”

Episode 6: Biotypes in Liguria

Vermentino and Pigato from Liguria compared by Rebecca Gouttenoire, Italian Wine Scholar. The region of Liguria in northwestern Italy is a long strip of coastland shaped like a boomerang. Vermentino is the most widely-grown single grape variety. The second most grown grape variety in Liguria is Pigato. Studies of their DNA have shown Vermentino andContinue reading “Episode 6: Biotypes in Liguria”

Episode 5: Mondeuse Noire in Savoie

Wine from the Alps in Savoie, the local red mountain grape Mondeuse Noire explained by Pierre Gouttenoire, French winemaker. In the eastern part of France, high up in the mountains, the region of Savoie represents France’s bright mountain wines. There are several white grapes in this part of the Alps, but at the foothills ofContinue reading “Episode 5: Mondeuse Noire in Savoie”

Episode 4: Black wine from Cahors

French wine maker, Pierre Gouttenoire, made “black wine” in Cahors. Today you will learn about Malbec from Cahors where the grape comes from. Contrary to Bordeaux and Burgundy, Cahors is not a region that’s on everybody’s lips. Yet Malbec was born there, and certainly this grape is super well known thanks to the many plantingsContinue reading “Episode 4: Black wine from Cahors”

Episode 3: Two Grape Varieties in Pouilly-sur-Loire

Today you can virtually experience 2 whites from the Loire valley with Pierre Gouttenoire, French winemaker and wine lover. See how 2 different grapes work in the same terroir. In the Centre Loire valley surges amidst the vineyards a village called Pouilly-sur-Loire. In this area you’ll find two grapes giving origin to different AOCs. TheContinue reading “Episode 3: Two Grape Varieties in Pouilly-sur-Loire”

Episode 2: Tannat in Madiran in the Southwest

Today Pierre Gouttenoire, French winemaker and wine lover, takes you to the region of Madiran in the Southwest of France to discover the super-tannic Tannat grape variety. Tannat is a grape variety that you may have heard of before, especially from South America (Uruguay, Argentina). Today we discover its place of origin in Gascony, andContinue reading “Episode 2: Tannat in Madiran in the Southwest”