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  • Aegean Islands Greek Wine

    Eastern Aegean Islands and Greek Wines

     

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    The Aegean is spread out to the east of mainland of Greece and the coast of Turkey and is filled with countless islands. Vines have been cultivated on these islands and wine made for at least 6,000 years and the sweet, luxuriant wines of Limnos, Lesbos, Chios, and Samos are legendary. Each island has its own microclimate and soil structure which ensure wines of an individual character undulating hills rising to 450 metres (1,476 feet) and valleys in which the wine-growing and agriculture is concentrated. This white Limnos wine is yellow- green in colour with a very fruity nose of fresh Muscat grapes. The taste is fulsome and rounded. Drinking temperature for this Greek wine is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F). Several acceptable red wines are also made on the island of Limnio grapes.

  • Another Touraine French Wines

    ST-NICOLAS-DE BOURGUEIL

    The lighter red French wine is a lot like the related Bourgueil. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C).

     Bourgueil French Wines

    CHINON

    Cabernet Franc here produces a full-bodied wine with aromas of red fruit (redcurrant, wild strawberry, and raspberry), freshly-sliced green pepper (paprika), and violets. Chinon must either be drunk very young (within a year) or after three to five years. In the interim period of two or three years the wine often has less taste and does not release its bouquet. Drink this Cabernet French wine temperature: 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C) . Chinon rose is very fresh and fruity and delicious with meat, pate, terrine, and especially pork and veal. Drinking temperature: 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

  • Bordeaux wine region

    Bordeaux Wine Region

    Bordeaux Wine BottlesThe Gironde, in south west France, is the country’s largest Departement, and the home of Bordeaux wines, including claret, Britain’s favorite French wine for centuries. But while all claret is Bordeaux, not all Bordeaux is claret.

    Bordeaux is the largest region of fine wine production – red, white and dessert – in the world. The vines cover more than 500 square miles, split almost evenly between red and white grapes, and most of the wines have AC status. The vineyards run from the west bank of the Gironde estuary southwards to below the river Garonne.

  • Cadillac, Cérons and Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Wines

    Brokers from Bordeaux

    Chateau Cadillac Bordeaux WineBrokers' perfect knowledge of the region allow them to act as go-betweens for the grower and merchant. They advise buyers and sellers and make sure that there are no disputes between them; they never do a deal for themselves.

     

    Cadillac (A.O.C.)Bordeaux Wine

    Cadillac is a very ancient town; part of it is still enclosed by the ruins of a wall erected in 1280 by Jean de Grailly, Mayor of Buch. The town contains the chateau of the Dues d'Épernon, built between 1600 and 1650. Created in 1973, the Cadillac AOC has undergone dramatic changes. It is classified for its sweet white wines, which must come from over-ripe grapes affected by noble rot that have been picked in a series of selective harvests.

  • Cava Spanish Wine Types

    Cava Rosado rose Spanish wineCAVA ROSADO BRUT

    This is an exceptionally elegant pink Cava with a sparkling colour. It has wonderful floral and fruity aromas and is full-flavoured, dry, and fruity. It makes an excellent aperitif.

    This is the driest (least sweet) of all Cavas. This type contains less than 6 grams of sugar per litre.

     

    CAVA BRUT

    This wine is slightly less dry than the previous one. Although quite a dry wine it is much less so than a French Champagne for example.

    Cava Brut is by far the most favourite Cava with non Spanish drinkers. It has 6-15 grams per litre of sugar.

  • Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC

    COLLI ORIENTALI DEL FRIULI DOC Italian Wine

    colli orientaliThese Italian wines are made north of Udine. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay will quickly be encountered among the white wines. These are pleasant wines but not especially exciting. They make a fine aperitif or for drinking with fish and the same is true to a lesser extent of the widely available Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling Renano. These fresh and fruity Italian wines, with a hint of spice in the case of the Pinot Grigio, are better with a meal than as aperitif.

    The Traminer Aromatico is very aromatic, extremely sensual, slightly harsh, and full bodied. This Italian wine is not suitable for drinking with fish, better with poultry, pork, or veal. The earlier wines are drunk at 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C), the later ones at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

  • Friuli Wine DOC

     

    COLLI ORIENTALI DEL FRIULI DOC ITALIAN WINES

    colli-orientali-del-friuli-venezia-giulia-italyThese Italian wines originate from the province of Udine where you find varietal wines of a specific grape. There are first class Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Riesling Renano wines and excellent Traminer Aromático, which is full- bodied, sultry, and has a very intense bouquet and taste. Drink this Italian wine at 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C) except the Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Traminer Aromático 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

    The following wines are very typical of the region. Tocai Friulano: golden to lemon yellow, refined bouquet, fulsome and warm taste with discernible bitter almond note. Temperature for this Italian wine when you drink is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia

     

    Friuli-Venezia Giulia Italian Wines

    Colli Orientali Friuli LabelThe area is partially mountainous but the vineyards are concentrated in the green river valleys (Tagliamento and Isonzo) and on the sunny slopes. The climate is a favourable combination of mild maritime (the Adriatic) and harsh continental (the Alps). The soil is mainly scree carried in the last ice age. Just as in Alsace and certain other northern Italian wine areas, Priuli is used as a generic name followed by the dominant grape used in its production.

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  • GAMBELLARA DOC ITALIAN WINES

    Recioto Gambellara ClassicoGambellara is a pleasing white wine made from the Garganega grape, supplemented as required with other non aromatic white grapes to a maximum of 20%.There is a slight bitterness in the finish. The heart of the Gambellara area is permitted to add the term Classico to the label. Drinking temperature for this Gambellara wine is 50- 53.6°F (10-12°C).

     

    GAMBELLARA RECIOTO DOC WINE

    The same grapes are used for the Recioto as for ordinary Gambellara, except that for this wine the grapes are first partially sun dried. This concentrates the sugars, flavour, and aromatic substances and produces a wine that is golden yellow with a strong nose of overripe grapes or raisins. The taste varies from sweet to very sweet and some of these wines may have a slight natural sparkle to them. Drink this Gambellara wine at 42.5- 50°F/6-10°C (the sweeter, the colder). There are also Gambellara Recioto Spumante and Gambellara Recioto Classico versions.

     

    GAMBELLARA VIN SANTO DOC WINE

    TPrime Brume Gambellara Classicohis is a superlative form of the Recioto. It is dark golden in colour and has an impressive bouquet of sweet raisins and these can also be discovered in the velvet smooth taste. This wine contains at least 14 % alcohol. Drink at 42.5- 46.4°F (6-8°C) or 46.4-50°F (8-10°C) for connoisseurs.

    PROSECCO DI CONEGLIANO-VALDOBBIADENEI

    PROSECCO DI CONEGLIANOI

    PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE DOC

    These three wines originate from the north of a triangle formed by the towns of Padua, Vincenza, and Treviso. All three wines are made from Prosecco grapes, supplemented where required with not more than 15% Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, or Chardonnay. There are two main types of Prosecco, Prosecco Frizzante is slightly sparkling, pale gold, very fruity, juicy, and particularly pleasing.

    The Prosecco Spumante is much more lively, fresh, fruity, and filled with flavour. Both wines are available as secco (dry, light, elegant, with a hint of bitter almond), amabile (slightly sweet and very fruity), and dolce (fully sweet and fruity). You may also encounter a Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze.

     This wine originates from a strictly defined area of Cartizze (near San Pietro di Barbozza in Valdobbiadene). The taste is virtually identical to the other Prosecco wines. Drink at 42.5- 46.4°F (6-8°C) for sweet wines and 46.4-50°F (8-10°C) for dry Prosecco.

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  • Italian wines from Lazio region

    EST! EST!! EST!!! Di MONTEFAlCIONE DOC

    Montefalcione Italian Map WineThis Italian wine has a richer past than the present-day quality might suggest. According to stories originating in the fourteenth century this was once an excellent wine. On one of his journeys, the bishop Giovanni Defuk sent his page Martino on ahead in search of the best wine with instructions to write ‘Est!’ (here it is) on the door of the inn that served the best wine. When he arrived in Montefialcone, the page was so taken with the local wine that he wrote ‘Est! Est!! Est!!!’ on the door of the inn.

  • Italy Orvieto DOC Wine

    Italy Umbria Orvieto Label wineORVIETO DOC WINE

    The fame of this Italian wine goes back to Etruscan times. Orvieto was originally famous solely as a sweet white wine and the dry version is of quite recent origins. If you look hard you may still find a superb old-fashioned sweet (abbocato/amabile/dolce) Orvieto. The dry wines dominate though, especially for export. To make Orvieto wine the grapes used are Trebbiano (known locally as Procanico), Verdello, Canaiolo Bianco (Drupeggio), and Malvasia.

  • La Palma Spain

     

    La Palma WinesLa Palma wine and region

    Granted DO status since 1994, there are three sub- areas of Hoyo de Mazo (south-eastern hills of Santa Cruz de La Palma through to Mazo), Fuencaliente- Las Manchas (south-western hills of Tazacorte to Fuencaliente), and the northern area of Tijarafe to Puntallana.

    The vineyards are sited on black volcanic soil at heights of between 328 and 3,280 feet(200 and almost 1,000 metres). Because of the strong winds, the vines are each planted individually inside a shelter of a stone wall in a slight depression in the ground. The climate is sub-tropical but with strong maritime influences (La Palma is the most westerly island of the Canaries).

    The Malvasia from the grape of the same name is available as seco, semi-dulce, or dulce.

  • Loire Wine Region

    LOIRE wine and region

    Cheverny Blanc Loire FranceThe Loire is France’s longest river, flowing almost 650 miles from the foothills of the Massif Central in the Ardéche to the Atlantic Ocean west of Nantes. Fairy tale castles overlook the vineyards that flank most of the river and its tributaries. Near its source are the vineyards of Sancerre, Pouilly and the Coteaux du Giennois. Reuilly and Quincy mingle among the southern tributaries. To the east of Tours is Vouvray, and then Chinon, Bourgueil, Saumur, Muscadet and a scattering of smaller appellations as you near the sea.

  • Madeira Fortified Wine

    Madeira is a small, mountainos island in the Atlantinc Ocean. Lying 350 miles from the coast of Morocco, the island is warm and temperate the whole year round, and has fertile, volcanic soil.

     Due to its location, Madeira was once a port of call for sailing ships bound for the Americas. Even today, Nrth America is still an important market. The Madeira vines cling to steep, terraced vineyards in coastal settings at high altitude.

     Since 1993, it has been compulsory for the best Madeiras, labelled sercial, Verdelho, Bual or Malmsey, to be made from a minimum of 85 per cent of the named variety. Those callde seco (dry), meio seco (medium rich) or doce (rich?sweet), are made from the chameleon Tinta Negra Mole grape, which has the knack of imitating the four ‘classic’ varieties.

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    Manufacture Madeira fortified wine

     Madeira fortified wine can be made in the same method as port (by stopping fermentation) or, to pruce the sweeter wines, by blending in the same manner applied to sherry. The young wine is then put through a process unique to Madeira, called ‘Estufagem’. In the days of sailing as ballast. During the slow voyage to the indies and back, there wine was gradually warmedup abd then cooled down. The character of the wine would change, developing a softness and toffee-like texture. A heated-tank (‘estufas’) system recreates those conditions, by slowing heating and cooling the wines in a hot store. After Estufagem, the wines mature, before being blended, sometimes in a solera system.

     Portugal’s Madeira is a hidden gem of a wine, capable of ageing fantastically. Even when opened, the sweet styles will not really change, allowing the consumer to enjoy the drik over a period of time, if the bottle lasts that long.

    Portugal’s Madeira is a hidden gem of a wine, capable of ageing fantastically. Even when opened, the sweet styles will not really change, allowing the consumer to enjoy the drik over a period of time, if the bottle lasts that long.

     

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  • Málaga Spanish Wine

     

    Málaga wine and region

    Malaga Spain wineThe Málaga DO is situated in the province of the same name and consists of two zones: the western one on the coast near Estepona and a northern one around the town of Málaga as far as the borders with the provinces of Granada en Córdoba. Only this latter area is of any interest. Although Málaga officially makes seco (dry) and abocado (medium sweet) wines, the area is better known for the honey sweet Málaga Dulce. The wine came to fame through British visitors during the Victorian era. The soil constituency of the two areas differs slightly.

    There is underlying chalk bedrock virtually throughout the area with chalk-bearing upper layers but on the coast there is rather more ferruginous clay interspersed with mica and quartz. The climate is definitely Mediterranean on the coast but slightly more continental inland. Only two varieties of grape are recognised in Málaga: Moscatel along the coast and Pedro Ximénez, which thrives inland.

  • Nebbiolo d'Alba - Italian Wine

    Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC

    The name implies this wine is made with Nebbiolo grapes from the area of Alba. What it does not say isthat Nebbiolo d'Alba tastes great, with a full rounded and velvet smooth flavour with a long finish.

    Check the label before opening for in addition to this delicious dry wine there is also a sweet amabile version which can be extremely sweet.

    There is also a spumante. The dry wine is worth the necessary additional maturing in before opening. If you buy a top year's vintage this wine can almost achieve the levels of a good Barbaresco or Gattinara.

    Drink at 55 .4- 59°F (13- 15°C ) dry or  42.8-48.2°F (6- 9°C) for sweet or sparkling.

     

    SizzanoDOC

    Once again this is an excellent red wine made from Nebbiolo from the hills around Sizzano. This wine is less full and powerful than a Barolo or Barbaresco but resembles a more delicate and smoother Gattinara with floral undertones of violets instead of the Italian culinary herbs that characterise a Barolo or Barbaresco. This wine requires at least three years maturing before it can be sold. Drinking temperature  57.2-60.8°F (14-16°C) .

     

    Other recommended DOC wines from Piedmont

    Boca (violet, pomegranate), Bramaterra, Colli Tortonesi Barbera, Para (violets) ,Gabiano and Lessona, Roero Rosso, Rubino di Cantavenna, Ruche di Castagno Ie Monferrato, Verduno Pelaverga, Piemonte, Langhe, Colline Novaresi, Carema DOC,

     

     Erbaluce di Caluso / Caluso DOC, Grignolino DOC, Loazzolo DOC, Cortese dell' Alto Monferrato, Anghe (Pavorita, Arneis), Monferrato (Casalese Cortese), Piemonte (Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Cortese, Moscato, Moscato Passito and spumante),aand Oero (Arneis).

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  • Other white grapes

    GEWÜRZTRAMINER GRAPES

    Gewurztraminer White grapes This distinctive grape variety is known by its friends simply as Gewürtz but sometimes also as Traminer. It provides interese aromas, reminiscent of lychee, rose petals and spice.

    Gewürtraminer often smells sweet, but may produce an element fi suprise, by tasting dry. It tends to grow best in cooler climates where there  is a decent levet of acidity in the soil. Alsace Gewürztraminers are the most successful, with wines from other territories tending to be bland in comparison.

     Gewürztramineris found in Alsace, Germany, Northern Italy, Eastern Europe, and the USA.

     

    MUSCADET - MELON DE BOURGOGNE GRAPES

    Muscat grapesThis grape makes the seafood simple par excellence. Offering hints of apple and gooseberry, the wine becomes dry, savoury and tangy, particlarly when aged in contact with the lees - the yeast deposit left after fermantation. Attempts to age Muscadet in oak are not guaranteed to meet with success as the grape's structure and body tend to preclude assimilation with the wood.

     The Muscadet grape thrives in the Loire Valley.

     

    MUSCAT GRAPES

     All members of the large Muscat family share a floral, grapey, and aromatic charanter. Depending on when it's picked, Muscat is capable of making dry to sweet wines, from the very lightest to the biggest 'stickies', such as the Liqueur Muscats of Australia. The tast of sweet Muscats is redolent of raisins and  oranges. These wines may be fortified with grape brandy during the fermentation process in order to preserve sweetness. The Muscat is often blended with other varieties of grape in order to increase complexity and flavour. It is used in the well-known Italian wine Asti Spumante.

     Muscat is grown throughout Europe anda also in Australia.

     

    TREBBIANO - UGNI BLANC GRAPES

    Trebbiano Pinot Noir Grapes  The most widely planted white grape in Italy, the soil and warm climate help to create wines with highsh acidity. Indeed, because of its high acidity it is sometimes belnded with red wines. Trebbianos tend to be medium bedied and with zesty fruit character, Trebbiano is usually fermented is stainless steel vats and may be matured in oak in orded to add some complexity to the flavour.

    Italy and France, where the grape is used in the blend for Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne. It also makes excellent distilling material for both Cognac and Armagnac.

     

    VIOGNIER GRAPES

     Very aromatic, Viognier's hallmark notes are of apricot, peach, and honey. Lush and flesh, the dry wines produced by the Viognier grape are so aromatic that they can seem sweet on the palate. Viognier is a difficult grape to grow successfully. Indeed, modern winemaking techniques are being developed to encourage a consistency in the taste. In France it tends to do best on the small hillsides outside Lyons.

     Viognier takes centr stage in Condrieu (Northern Rhône) and is also doing well in Southern France, Chile, Australia, and California.

     

    MARSANNE GRAPES

    From the Rhône Valley, France's Marsanne makes full-bodied, fat and weighty wines, with flavours of peach and toast, and can even taste nutty when mature. Marsanne may be blended with Roussanne.

     

    Pinot Blanc GrapesPINOT BLANC - Pinot Bianco GRAPES

     Pinot Blanc invariably makes dry, apple-scented and flavoured white wines, with a touch of honey and a whiff of spice in Alsace. Very adaptable with food, Pinot Blanc is also star material for sparkling wine.

     Pinot Blanc is another grape to originate in the Alsace region of France and also in North America.

     

     

    Chardonnay Grapes

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    Today world's most popular white grape, Chadonnay express its varietal character in many forms: from the racy, steely, and nervy wines of Chablis, to the fuller-bodied, buttery rich wine made in the Napa Vally, California. 

    Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

    Sauvignon Blanc Grapeswhite-grapes 

    This is an aromatic grape, which ripens early and is mostly grown in cool-climate vineyards.   Its range extends from featherweight tangy, dry white wines like Sauvignon de Touraine, to the ripe, almost tropical-like fruitiness obtained in California, where the less common addition of oak is often adopted and labelled 'Fume Blanc'. Sauvignon Blanc thrives on chalk or gravel soil.

    Riesling Grapes

    Riesling Grapeswhite-grapes 

    The Riesling grape is seen by many as the most versatile variety of white grape in the world. It is without doubt a class act with a number of strengths, not least its ability to outperform Chardonnay in the longevity stakes.

    Semillon Grapes

    Semillon Grapeswhite-grapes

    Arguably one fo the most underrated verieties of grapes, Sémillon, Bordeaux's most widely planted white grape, makes delicious dry and sweet wines. With an almost honeyed texture, Sémillon is often partnered by Sauvignon Blanc to lift the acidity, although Australian winemakers also blend Sémillon Trebbiano.

    Chenin Blanc Grapes

    Chenin Blanc Grapeswhite-grapes

    An extremely versatile variety of grapes, Chenin Blanc is capable of making dry and crisp white wines that are great as an aperitif, through to medium, unctuous and sweet styles. Due to the keeen and vibrant acidity often found in Chenin Blanc grape, they make brilliant food wines and can stay in good shape for many years after the vitange.

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  • Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh/Jurançon French Wines

    Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Wines

    The Vic-Bilh wine-growing area is the same one that produces Madiran. This area produces the red Madiran wine and dry, medium sweet, and sweet French white wines as Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. Pacherenc is derived from the Basque or Gascon word for little berry or grape. The ideal soil for this white French wine is a mixture of clay and sandstone. The grapes used are the native Arrufiac, Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, and Courbu, with a little Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon being used for the modern type of French wine.

    Pacherenc du Vic-BilhDry Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh is very aromatic with floral notes and hints of citrus fruit combined with a full taste of ripe and preserved fruits. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 10- 12°C (50- 53.6°F). The medium-sweet or sweet Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh shares the aromatic properties ofthe dry wine (citrus fruit, preserved fruit, dried fruit, and flowers) with the addition of a little honey, toast, and exotic fruit. The texture and taste are fuller, fatter, more fleshy, and juicy. Drinking temperature for French wine: 8-10°C ( 46.4-50° F).

    Your attention is drawn to the excellent quality of the local vins de pays des Cotes de Gascogne and the   many vins de cepages. The vins de pays des Cotes de Gascogne of Colombard, Gros Manseng, and Sauvignon (white French wines) and reds of Egiodola, Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon, together with those from Jurançon are worth a separate mention.

     

    Jurançon Wines

    Juracon Label WineThis wine-growing area, south of Pau and close to the French Pyrenees, is slightly less ancient than its predecessors. The first signs of wine-growing date back only to the tenth century. Jurançon was one of the first AC status French wines in 1936 and Jurançon Sec acquired its own recognition in 1975.

     

    The wine-growing

    The area is barely larger than 600 hectares with the vineyards being dispersed throughout the district. They can be found strung out along a 40 km (25 miles) stretch like small islands amidst the other greenery. The better French wines are produced on hills of about 300 metres (984 feet) high with soil of clay, sandstone, and boulders.

    The climate is a mixture of high and regular rainfall from the Atlantic combined with the harsh winters of the Pyrenees. The area does though appear always to be blessed with warm autumns and dry southerly winds that make it possible for the grapes to be left to overripen in order to make a great sweet French wine. The grapes used for Jurançon are the native Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Courbu, Camaralet, and Lauzet. Jurançon Sec is truly dry with fresh acidity, with floral notes (broom and acacia) and fruity aromas (passion fruit, white peach, and citrus fruit) . As the French wine matures it develops a more complex bouquet with almond and other nuts, dried fruit, and sometimes a marked suggestion of truffle. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 8- 10°C (46.4-50°F) .

    Either Jurançon Doux or Moelleux are little gems. The colour drifts between gold and amber, the bouquet is fine and complex, varying from honey, vanilla, toast and preserved fruit to the subtlest hints of white flowers, lime blossom, camomile, pineapple, and citrus fruit. The taste is full and rounded for this French wine. The high sugar content is perfectly balanced with fresh acidity. This sweet French wine can be kept for a very long time. Drinking temperature this French wine: 10-12°C (50- 53.6°F).

     

    Bearn-Bellocq

    Beam is fairly hilly, lying at the foot of the Pyrenees where it enjoys an ideal microclimate that combines Atlantic moisture with a harsher mountain climate. Bearn white French wine is quite rare and is produced in the vicinity of Bellocq. This white French wine made with Raffiat and Manseng grapes is fresh and fruity with an undertone of floral notes (broom, acacia) . Drinking temperature for this white French wine: 10- 12°C (50- 53.6°F) .

    The more widely available Rose de Beam owes its charm to the combination of Tannat with Cabernet

    Sauvignon and Cabernet Pranc (better known in this locality as Bouchy). This is a wonderful rose that is velvet smooth, full-bodied, rounded, and very fruity. Drinking temperature for this rose French wine: 10- 12°C (50- 53 .6°F).

    The more straightforward Bearn red is lightweight but comforting and easily consumed. The taste and scent tend more towards Cabernet Pranc than Tannat. Drinking temperature for this Bearn French wine: 12°C (53.6°F).

    The better Bearn-Bellocq red by contrast is sturdier, fuller, more full -bodied, and fleshier. Tannin clearly has the upper hand in this French wine. Drinking temperature for this red French wine: 14-16°C (57.2- 60.8°F) .{jcomments on}

     

  • Penedés Spanish Wine

    The Spanish wines of Penedés

    Jean Leon Spanish WineThe whites Spanish wine from Penedés vary widely. Most are a blend of local varieties and ‘foreign’ varieties. The basic grapes for Cava (Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo) are frequently mixed with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, which leads to countless different types and varying tastes.

    Generally the ordinary Penedés whites are dry, fresh, and fruity wines which are mainly for drinking when young. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine is 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).

  • Regione Romagna Italian Wine

     

    Vini di Romagna DOCG/DOC

    Mont Albano Italian WineThis is another generic Italian wine denomination that produces several very special wines: three white wines and two reds. The area is in the extreme south of Emilia-Romagna and extends from south of Bologna by way of Forli to the famous seaside resort of Rimini.

     

    ALBANA Dl ROMAGNA DOCG

    This is the only DOCG wine of Emilia-Romagna. This Italian wine is made from the Albana grape and may be made in the provinces of Bologna, Forli, or even Ravenna (a small enclave within Bosco Eliceo). In its DOCG form these wines are available as dry (secco), slightly sweet (amabile), sweet (dolce), and liquorous (passito) variants.