The tasting room at Domaine de la Mordoree Final part of the Rhône series My journey in the Southern Rhône comes to an end at Tavel and Lirac – two towns which are a mere six minutes from each other. There is always more to expound about the riches of the Rhône, such as the areas of Luberon, the Ventoux and the Vaucluse. Domaine Faverot, Domaine de la ... read more >
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 >
Chester Osborn d'Arenberg Winemaker, Australia South Australian grenache is all you need on a winter's evening. The only way to better it is to fly to Adelaide and drink it with an excellent meal. With the shortest day of the year past and the winter monsoon bringing its unwelcome message from Siberia, the drinking mood has changed to cuddly reds. ... read more >
Gigondas Domaine Raspail Ay, France A supposedly second-division wine is finally earning the respect it deserves. Internationally relegated to quaffing status, the wine world is finally starting to give grenache the respect it deserves. I doubt that grenache devotees are that concerned. Sometimes it's best not to say anything about a bargain. But if we were issuing a tutorial on how excellent wines can be ... read more >