• The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Campania signifies that we are coming to the south of Italy. Centered around the great city of Naples, Campania is Italy’s most densely populated area. Campania’s wine roots pre-date Rome, stretching back to the Greek colonial period, where th

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 17-07-2017

     Puglia is often called the heel of the Italian boot, but if we take a look we see that this large region is more fittingly called the heel and the spur. North-south oriented Puglia looks out to the Adriatic Sea on its entire eastern length and to th

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, a continuous producer of wine for over 2500 years. For years known just for sweet Marsala and Moscato wines, and high volume dry wines both red and white, richly diverse Sicily is making a name for itself

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Umbria is Italy’s only region that does not border either a foreign country or a sea. This is the heart of Italy, a country of rolling hills among craggier heights. Long a second fiddle to the vinous magnificence of its Tuscan neighbor to the west, Umbria has in rec

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The map of Tuscany might seem a little daunting at first, but it becomes simpler if you consider than the vast majority of the colored spaces on the map grow some form of Sangiovese. The big three Sangiovese wines are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and V

  • The Wine Regions of France

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The map above shows the major wine producing regions of France. Note all the blank spots, where wine is not produced. We will be explaining the significance of some of these areas later on. Bordeaux

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Friuli-Venezia Giulia encompasses the far north-eastern corner of Italy bordering Austria on the north, Slovenia to the east, the Veneto to the west and the Gulf of Trieste to the south. The north of the region is alpine, the south more Mediterranean, but

  • The Wine Regions of France The Loire Valley

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The Loire is the longest river in France. It originates in the Massif Central in the Cévennes range, flows south to north and makes an abrupt turn to the west at Orléans, flowing then toward the Atlantic Ocean. The northern region, considered one of the most

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The Veneto in Italy’s northeast produces more wine than any other region, and a great deal of it is DOC and DOCG wine. Its most important wine is Valpolicella (the land of many cellars), which itself breaks down into a fine hierarch

  • The Wine Regions of France Alsace

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The vineyards of Alsace, are situated on a narrow strip of land between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine River (the border with Germany). The Vosges form a rain shadow, so the region is among the driest in France. The northern section of Alsace is calle

  • The Wine Regions of France Champagne

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France. To produce the sparkling wine called Champagne, the maker must first create a still wine out of the juice of grapes grown in the delimited Champagne region. This region is relatively large and spread out, with different

  • The Wine Regions of France Beaujolais

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Beaujolais is administratively part of Burgundy, but its primarily red wine is made from a different type of grape: Gamay instead of Pinot Noir. There is history to this.   In 1395, Philip the Bold, powerful Duke of Burgundy, decided that the Gamay grap

  • The Wine Regions of France The Rhône Region

    Date: 18-07-2017

    They say that Burgundy and Beaujolais lie between the mustard and the onions. What this means is that the regions are situated between the cities of Dijon, world famous for its mustard, and Lyon, whose cooking is associated with onions. You will eat well whichever city yo

  • The Wine Regions of France Provence

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Provence subsisted for years on often ordinary rosé, purchased as a thirst quencher by many a tourist in this paradise under the sun. Rosé still accounts for 50% of production, but quality red and whites are now holding their own. The region

  • The Wine Regions of France Languedoc-Roussillon

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The regions called Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France along the Mediterranean coast runs from the Spanish border east to Provence. Languedoc is the eastern/northern part of the region, Roussillon the western/southern stretch. The total region contains more than 7

  • The Wine Regions of France Southwest France

    Date: 18-07-2017

    First: Even though the Bordeaux region is in the southwest of France, when we refer to “southwestern France” we mean the southwestern part of the country excluding Bordeaux, to the east and south of that famous region. The southwest has a number of ex

  • The Wine Regions of France Those Blank Spots on the Map

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The blank spots on the map of France, circled and numbered above, require some explanation (beyond the fact that every inch of France produces some kind of interesting food).  Blank Spot 1, representing Normandy and Brittany,

  • The Wine Regions of France Savoie

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Savoie is an alpine area, attracting phalanxes of tourists in both summer and winter. Most of its crisp white wine is produced as Savoie AOC.   The high yielding Jacquere is the most prevalent of the white grapes. Altesse, called Roussette in Savoie, ma

  • The Wine Regions of France Jura

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The Jura region is quite small, a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Burgundy and Switzerland. Five grapes predominate. Three are traditional local varieties. Poulsard is a red grape used mostly in dry reds and sparkling rosés. Red Trousseau needs a lot of sun

  • The Pacific Northwest – Oregon and Washington

    Date: 18-07-2017

    We tend to think of Washington and Oregon together, but the wine climates for the two states could not be more different. Even though Washington is further north than Oregon, the climate in its main wine producing regions is hotter than Oregon. As the topographical