The terrior of Châteaunuef-du-Pape Part 2 of the Rhône Series. 12,000 years ago, glaciers melted; ice and water were pushed down south; river rocks were deposited 20 km wide, and Châteaunuef-du-Pape was born. ... read more >
A view of Chateaunuef-du-pape  Look at how unfertile the soil is with galets so huge An introduction. Part 1 of the series. The Rhône has always been a subject of great fascination for me because of my love for Syrah and Grenache as grape varietals and also that the wines of the South has had a long history with ancient grape varieties that originated from the Middle-east. I can think of no other region in ... read more >
The crusty red iron-rich soils of Jas d'esclans an example of the great variation of soil types in Provence Final Part of the Provence wine series. Many wines tasted with personal opinions. I believe that to end the Provence series, it is worth mentioning about the Fréjus Appellation, which is another sub-appellation of the Côtes de Provence and an AOC 80km from Nice, a city that used to be under the Regent of Italy along with Savoie. I was ... read more >
At the base of Sainte-Victoire at Domaine de Saint-Ser Sainte-Victoire - a Gem of the Côte de Provence Part 4 of the Provence wine series There is no doubt in my mind that the Côte de Provence produces some of the best Rosés in the world especially this sub-appellation of Sainte-Victoire where the Mountain of Sainte-Victoire (over 1000m in height) provides a sort of rain shelter for the vines. ... read more >
The old vines of Cassis Part 3 of the Provence wine series The history of Cassis goes back to 2600 years when the first vines were being planted by the Romans. Cassis is one of those AOCs in France that needs more promotion overseas from wine lovers. ... read more >
The canes of the goblet are so straight that disease is hardly an issue Part 2 of the Provence wine series Provence is a land with 300 days of sun, little rain, low humidity and a low Mediterranean climate with ocean influence. ... read more >
Your typical provencial markets  Imagine them now with rose wines Thoughts about Rosé. An introduction to Provence. Part 1 of the series. The south of France holds many surprises. Firstly, I must confess that I was a rosé skeptic. Throughout my nine years of wine tasting, I admit that I never considered rosé to be a wine style that should be taken seriously. ... read more >
The Cote Chalonnaise on a beautiful day Our intrepid Singapore Sommelier, Shalom Chin, travels in Burgundy is coming to the end and he shares his thoughts and summary on the communes of Burgundy. He heads to Provence next, and will sending in regular reports on his travels through the region. ... read more >
Huge spider tanks made in Italy for red wines  This vats make it easy for devatting and removing the marc after ferment Part 7 of the series My time here in Burgundy has exposed me to many new ideas and debunked many of my initial beliefs about how wine should be done. Burgundy is indeed a land which does things contrary to most wineries I find in the new world. ... read more >
Shalom Beaujolais Blog - The Cellar at Chateau Thivin I really enjoyed my time here in Beaujolais. Although this is my final part for Beaujolais, there is still one visit that I have yet to write about that really impacted me the most which is Louis Jadot’s Château des Jacques. ... read more >