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Marcillac's Fer Servadou

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Marcillac's Fer Servadou

The little known varietal Fer Servadou has a long history and a host of aliases in its ancestral home of Southwestern France. “Fer” (which means iron in Latin) is thought to be a nod to the grape’s iron-hard trunks and cane...

Limoux - Original Land of the Stars

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Limoux - Original Land of the Stars

Monsieur Mauzac had me meet him in a small café in downtown Limoux. The sun was shining on the beret clad grape who first looked at his watch when I arrived and then gave me a bubbly hello. I was a few moments late. Mauzac had been around for a while, his roots are sunk deep in this region. The Mauzacs had lived at the base of the Pyrenees for centuries...

Montalcino's Little Secret

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Montalcino's Little Secret

Sant'Antimo is a sub region of Montalcino in southwest Tuscany. While this is the warmest and driest area of the region, close proximity to the coast yields a maritime climate allowing for many hours of sunshine, little rainfall and cool winds...

The Many Roads that Lead to Rosé

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The Many Roads that Lead to Rosé

Most easily stated, rosés are very light colored (pink) wines made from red grapes. Rosé aromas flavors tend toward the headier end of the scale – strawberry, melon, citrus, herbs, flowers, and rhubarb. Many of the grapes used for rosé production are picked early to retain acidity and before their full phenolic maturity when compounds in the skins soften to show roundness and ripeness. Even rosés made from very different grapes tend to have these same bright notes.

Pinotage Two Ways

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Pinotage Two Ways

It hasn’t Always been easy to love Pinotage. It’s the progeny of a 1920s shotgun marriage of South African Pinot Noir and Cinsault (née Hermitage) and it definitely earned a “bad-boy-of-the-grape world” reputation...