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Merlot Luvliness

Merlot Luvliness

Merlot is considered to be an entry level, easy drinking, palate teaser by geeky wine folk.

Typically Merlot is a smooth fruity wine (plum, black cherry) with medium body and medium tannin, produced by fleshy plump grapes in wine regions all over the world.

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Exploring Wines in Provence

Exploring Wines in Provence

I have been lucky enough to spend a good part of this winter in Provence where I made it my mission to find out as much as I could about the region, it's food and it's wines. 

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Shiraz

Shiraz or Syrah

One and the same, Shiraz and Syrah continue to be a crowd pleaser all over the world.

Shiraz has been made for centuries in Europe and at very much at home in the Rhône Valley where it is the major grape variety in wines such as Côte Rotie and Crozes Hermitage.

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Discovering Ventoux, Provence

Like many wine lovers the Rhône valley, and it's wines, intrigues me and has done ever since I became interested in the subject. One of my earliest wine memories involved a bottle (or two) of Côtes du Rhône, a rather large chunk of Stilton cheese and a wonderful raucous evening spent with great friends.

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Food and Wine Pairing 101

I am forever being asked about Food Pairing and what wine goes well with this or that dish. I have had many frantic last minute texts from people in the wine store staring, like deer in headlights, at the rows of bottles trying to find something to go with a certain dish.

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Pinot Noir Any Time!

Pinot Noir. It is, without doubt, my absolute favourite grape variety.

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Tannat/Madiran

When we moved to the Pyrenees 7 years ago I had little knowledge about the

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Get the Floc out!

Getting the "Floc" out is a common occurrence in the South West of France.
I get the "Floc" out often although I'm pretty sure most French don't snigger like kids when they do, the joke just doesn't seem to grow old with me.

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Beaujolais or Bust

There was a time when Beaujolais Nouveau was the in thing in the wine world.

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Merlot Misunderstood

The other day I was talking to a colleague in the wine trade and the subject of "easy drinking" wines came up.

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Collecting and Cellaring Wine

"What's a good year?" I'm often asked about wine.
"Why?" I question.
"Because I want to buy some wine to lay down" I'm told.

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Plaimont Producers

I'm always up for a spot of wine tasting, plus I felt the need to visit a winemaking cooperative after writing Understanding Winemaking Cooperatives. So, this week I was pleased to be invited for a tour at Producteurs Plaimont here in Southwest Franc

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Learning more about wine.

When someone finds out that I am a Sommelier I am inundate

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Buying Supermarket Wine

Buying Supermarket Wine - Folly or Fortune?

For most wine drinkers a trip to the local supermarket is suffici

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