Why Loire Valley?
Le Jardin, the garden of France is what this fairytale landscape is referred to as. There are as many castles planted as are vineyards. It is the 3rd largest producer in France, spanning 500 miles from Muscadet on the Atlantic West coast to Pouilly Fume on the East end. The region is divided administratively into four regions; Muscadet, Anjou, Touraine, Upper Loire. Get to know InterLoire, the official interprofessional organization of producers, merchants, and traders.
The name LAN is composed of the initials of the three provinces the grapes are sourced from that make up the Rioja DOCa; La Rioja (formerly Longono), Alava and Navarra. LAN has been making wine in Alta Rioja since 1972 with consistent quality and balance from sustainable and organic practices. This Gran Reserva aged 24 months in American and French oak and three years in a bottle before release, is classic Rioja. Made of 94% Tempranillo and 6% Mazuelo (Carignan) for acidity from the region’s signature chalk and clay soils. This produces wines with bold rich and sophisticated flavors.
Before I start off this review, I first want to say I’m fascinated with Greek wines. The Greeks are just as influential as the Romans, leaving cuttings of vines throughout Europe thousands of years ago. Unlike France, Italy, and Spain who have overlong established refined viticulture, Greece is emerging into a powerhouse of stylish wines on the international market. Although they do practice traditional viticulture methods in many areas, they are improving on vinification techniques. This has much to do with adaptation and understanding the thousands of indigenous varieties that can produce quality exciting wines.
How many wines come out of Morocco, not many, but this gem does. It’s from an Estate in the heart of the AOG Zaers region built-in 1933. It’s highly praised among the great historical wine regions of Morocco for many reasons. It’s positioned about 45 km from the Atlantic Ocean, bordered on the west by the valleys of Wadi Korifla, on the south by the foothills of the Middle Atlas, and vines are grown on ancient sand, red clay along with limestone and shale soils; creating wines of structure and intense minerality. Since 1998 It has undergone restoration on advanced viticulture and vinification practices.
Albariño or Alvarinho is a variety of white wine grapes grown in Galicia, Monção, and Melgaço, where it is used to make varietal white wines. Albariño is the Galician name for the grape; in Portugal, it is known as Alvarinho, and sometimes as Cainho Branco. The grape is noted for its distinctive botanical aroma, very similar to that of Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine produced is unusually light, and generally high in acidity with alcohol levels of 11.5–12.5% Its thick skins and a large number of pips can cause residual bitterness.
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There are only four states in the U.S. that are well known internationally; California, Washington, Oregon, and to a lesser extent, NewYork. The 46 states remaining all have a history of producing wine just as long and are unknown even in the country. Much of this has to do with internal politics, and the 13 years nightmare of a bad Idea Prohibition, that nearly obliterated the industry. Individual state laws continue to identify themselves as either “dry, wet or damp”.The good news is times are changing and states are slowly emerging by ambitious producers.
Deep purple, Medium-plus intensity, with Fresh black cherries, blackberries, black plum, cherry liquor, perfumed fresh cut violets, vanilla, dried herbs, mineral carbon. On the palate dry, medium + acid, medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium + body, high intensity, soft texture, medium-plus finish. This a very good wine expresses bright fresh fruit, intensely perfumed with dark flowers, cooked herbs, succulent on the front, fruit and flowers envelop the mid-palate, easily concentrates aromatic notes, complex in youth finishes with lively acid.
South Africa has the most dedicated Chenin Blanc planted to vine in the entire world, even overthrowing the Loire Valley. South Africa, on the Cape, consists of one of the most ancient soils, compared to more established wine regions around the globe. Unfortunately, after recovering from phylloxera, and partied, the industry had pulled much old bush Chenin Blanc. Such a tragedy, because Chenin blanc can grow like a weed and lose its embracive acidity and complex aromatics and flavors. The Badenhorst Estate has demonstrated respect to this varietal, making Steen (pronounced “stain” in African; means stone), from Old bush vines planted since the ’50s. The Swartland, known mostly for growing wheat and other grains is just realizing it’s potential to craft exceptional wines on soils of granite and shale.
Central Otago, New Zealand is one of the most phenomenal wines growing regions in the world. Known internationally for its plush fleshy Pinot Noir with a flinty mineral body. Cashburn is the second label to Burn Cottage. The consulting winemaker is Ted Lemon, of Sonoma’s legendary Littorai Winery. What makes Central Otago special, is it’s the ONLY continental region in all New Zealand. This allows dormancy for grapes and concentrates sugars and acid for complexity. The grapes are grown on soils iron, granite, and marls, for producing deep rich sophisticated wines worthy of age-ability. Light ruby.
Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902. His grandson, Nicolás Catena, is known as the man who revolutionized Argentine wine and introduced high altitude Malbec to the world. There’s no shortage of Argentine Malbec in the world. Exports are prolific and still fashionable. The clone that was planted in the country from native Bordeaux displays a rich and deeper brooding character. The dry, cool, high altitude climate grows a thicker skin fruit from the sun’s strong radiation. Deep ruby.