Category Archives for Wine Regions

Wine Regions: Argentina

  It may surprise many to learn that this country is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, and the largest in South America, because only a small proportion of the wine is exported, and only recently have … Continue reading

11. October 2013 by admin
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Anjou

  Wine region around Angers on the River Loire in France, making red, white, rose and sparkling wines. The region was the ancient comte of the Plantagenet family which St Bernard called ‘the devil’s brood’. Henry Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, … Continue reading

07. October 2013 by admin
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Wine Regions: Algeria

  Wines were planted along what is now the Algerian coast in classical times, but the Algerian vineyards as they exist today were started by the French colonists in the early part of the 19th century. The provinces where vines … Continue reading

06. October 2013 by admin
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Wine Regions: Alsace

Alsace Important wine region in the north-east of France. Wines have been made here for centuries – Queen Elizabeth I drank ‘Elsasser’ – but, during the period in the 19th century when Alsace belonged to Germany until the end of … Continue reading

06. October 2013 by admin
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How Wines are Bottled and Packaged FAQs

THE PACKAGING Q. Why is wine put into glass bottles stoppered with corks? A. Glass imparts no flavour to the wine and the cork, if kept wet, provides an airtight seal that can last for at least 30 years (after … Continue reading

15. July 2013 by admin
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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 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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