Category Archives for Growing Regions

Wines from Italy

ITALY Italian wine is probably the most misunderstood in the world. Most of us associate it with basic everyday drinking -the very word vino is almost synonymous with ‘plonk’. We tend to overlook the great wines of Tuscany and Piedmont, … Continue reading

14. July 2013 by admin
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Wines from France

THE REST OF FRANCE The vin rouge in the French supermarket comes from France’s biggest, if least publicized, wine region: the Languedoc-Roussillon, or the Midi. This great sweep of land in the hinterland of the Mediterranean coast is still largely … Continue reading

14. July 2013 by admin
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Wines from the Rhone Region

RHONE The impressive river Rhone links two very distinct wine regions: the northern Rhone with its statuesque Hermitage and rarefied whites, and the much more extensive southern Rhone, the source of robust Chateauneuf-du-Pape and so much good-value Cotes-du-Rhone. Those who … Continue reading

13. July 2013 by admin
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Wines from Portugal

PORTUGAL Port, the fortified favourite of the British and French, must be Portugal’s most famous export. Her best-known light wine could hardly be more different. Vinho Verde, made just north of the port-producing Douro region, is white, light and, in … Continue reading

10. July 2013 by admin
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Wines of Spain

SPAIN Spain’s biggest wine export, like that of Portugal, is a fortified wine. Spain’s answer to the port of Portugal is sherry, from the baked chalky landscape around Jerez. Even if Spain’s reputation as a producer of lighter wines is … Continue reading

09. July 2013 by admin
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German Wines

German wines currently enjoy tremendous popularity, doubtless because they are so attractive to new wine drinkers. Typically, they are white, refreshingly crisp, fruitily flavoured, with a flowery scent, and low in alcohol. This makes them ideal as aperitifs, or even … Continue reading

09. July 2013 by admin
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Wines of the Burgundy Region

BURGUNDY Burgundy claims, like Bordeaux, to produce the greatest red wines in the world, but they are much more elusive. The Pinot Noir grape from which all good Burgundy is made is notoriously fickle. In stark contrast to the Cabernet … Continue reading

09. July 2013 by admin
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Wines of Bordeaux

BORDEAUX Bordeaux is the most revered wine region in the world. This is partly because it produces more good-quality wine than any other, partly because its wines live considerably longer than most (though a decreasing proportion of them are now … Continue reading

08. July 2013 by admin
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Wines from the Loire Valley

LOIRE If the Rhone is red wine country, France’s other great river, the Loire, is most famous for its whites. The vineyards along this pretty river are at the northern limit of vine cultivation for France, which means they have … Continue reading

08. July 2013 by admin
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European Wines

WINES FROM THE REST OF EUROPE BRITISH ISLES A surprisingly large amount of wine, of several different sorts, is produced in the relatively inhospitable climate of the British Isles. Perhaps the least significant in terms of quantity is the wine … Continue reading

07. July 2013 by admin
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