Author: WinoFred

A very classy St-Émilion

In the vast St-Émilion appellation, where the excellent rub shoulders with the ordinary, it’s always a good idea to trust the estates that have made consistency of quality their hallmark. With this very fine wine, there’s no mistaking it.

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Let’s fall in love with Cabernet Franc

We could call Cabernet Franc, the “father” of Cabernet Sauvignon. The “Cab Sauv” is indeed the result of a crossing between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Let’s sample some interesting examples of this Daddy “Cab Franc” through different terroirs.

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Sometimes referred to as hybrids, interspecific grape varieties are emerging in Belgium as the royal way to an eco-responsible vineyard that produces singular wines representative of a unique terroir. The owner of Château de Bioul, in Wallonia, has taken on this bold mission. By Frédéric Arnould, DIP WSET Everyone knows Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. But what about Solaris, Cabernet Cortis and Johanniter? These grape varieties are the result of natural cross-fertilization. We’re not talking GMOs here, but crosses between European, American and even Asian varieties to produce these so-called interspecific grape varieties. One of the great...

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