White wines comprise just 6 percent of the Rhone’s production. For now. The Rhône Valley’s red wines currently make up a huge market share, but winemakers in some southern Rhône appellations are opting to tear out red grape vines in favor of a once-declining, scarcely-planted white grape: Clairette. Why are southern Rhône winemakers falling head over […]
Cotes Du Rhone
Let’s be honest: There’s a lot of mediocre Côtes du Rhône out there. The large, hot region is full of vineyards that easily produce lots of very ripe grapes, and for that reason, the wines tend to be more value-driven than quality-driven. That’s not to say that the Côtes du Rhône is merely a bulk-wine […]
In the dead of winter, sometimes all you need is a cozy place to sit, a warm blanket, a good book or a great show, and an easy-drinking bottle of red wine.
At this point, the wines of E. Guigal – the negotiant and winemaker who is partly responsible for putting France’s Rhône wine region on the map – have become ubiquitous across the United States, with offerings at the high end as well as the low. But unlike other massive producers whose introductory, more affordable bottles […]
We first wrote about winemaker Michel Chapoutier here on the site in relation to his efforts to place Braille on wine bottles. In 1993, when Chapoutier was only 29 and had been the main winemaker in the family business for only three years, he turned on the television to watch his friend and musician Gilbert […]
Rhone style blends are one of the most accessible and crowd pleasing styles of red wine. Usually comprising a mix of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre – also known affectionately as a GSM blend – the blend has taken off not just in France, but in regions around the world, including the US.
Have you ever picked up a bottle of wine, especially one from the Côtes-du-Rhône region of France, felt Braille on the label, and wonder how it got there? You may have even wondered if the little bumps were Braille at all. Well, they are, and the story of how they got there is a pretty […]