Rhone

    Summer with French Rosé

    I've always associated rosé with spring and summer, but I certainly enjoy this style of wine throughout the entire year. When it's hot outside, it's a cool and refreshing beverage. When it's cold, it's a reminder of sunshine and flowers and blue skies. As I've said many times, pink wines get a bad rap for an association with cheap White Zinfandel or the idea that they are exclusively for women.

    8 readers - By Ben Carter/ Benito's Wine Reviews

    2004 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis – Bottle Notes

    2004 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis – Bottle Notes by Tom Lee on September 14, 2014 Domaine Isabel Ferrando is owned by Isabel Ferrando who created the estate when she purchased 3.9 hectares of vines. The goal was to create a wine that was distinct from Domaine Saint Prefert, her other Southern Rhone winery.

    7 readers - By Zinfandel Chronicles

      Rhone Valley Adventures Part Two - Southern Rhone

      The Reverse Wine Snob - - 6 readers - Experiencing the sights, the history, the wine and the food of Southern Rhone! Also be sure to check out Part One of this series, focusing on Northern Rhone. And to aid in your own exploration of wines from The Rhone Valley, our friends at Marketview Liquor are offering FREE SHIPPING on 11 great Rhone Valley values! Check out the end of today's post for more details.

      Preparing for the Harvest – Part I

      Project Sunlight - A Winemaker's Education - - 5 readers - The harvest is here, or at least it’s close. Our Viognier grapes should be ready to harvest next week (I had thought a week ago we’d would have harvested yesterday), and the Merlot and Cab Franc won’t be far behind. My Viognier at the end of August, partially obscured by bird netting, is looking fabulous So, I’ve been scrambling over the past month or so to get ready.

      What it’s like to be a #wine judge – part 2 #LACountyFair

      Señorita Vino - - 5 readers - Picking up where we left off, this past May I was invited by Planet Bordeaux, the marketing arm for France’s Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC, to be a guest judge at the 75th Annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Since the Bordeaux panel wasn’t until Thursday morning, I was asked to observe a panel of judges evaluating Rhone blends on Wednesday afternoon.

      Halter Ranch Vineyard; A touch of Rhône, Ranch style

      Virginia Pour House - - 4 readers - Paso Robles has some of the finest Rhône style wines in not only California, but the United States as well. Our latest AmericanWineryGuide contribution covers yet another gem that Paso Robles has to offer. Do not sleep on Paso, especially if you are a fan of small family-style wineries.

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      Chat en Oeuf Blanc 2012

      … the playful name, it’s from the Cotes Ventoux region in southern Rhone, which is always a hit in our cycle racing loving household. I picked this bottle up from a little independent retailer in Coventry, I think it’s name was “Wine Shop” or something equally uninspiring as it had taken over the store, fittings and half of the sign of the Threshers Wine…

      2 readers - By Golly's Wine Drops

      Some Select Wines & Spirits Portfolio Gems

      … with light spiciness, and flavours of apricots and stone fruit. Light acidity. A very interesting wine. Rating: Ogier Cotes du Rhone Heritages Blanc, 2013, France ($17.99) – Very light fruit nose. Dry with medium body. Red apple flavour and soft acidity. Some spice on the finish. This is an easy sipper. Rating: Domaine Laroche Saint Martin Chablis…

      3 readers - By MyWinePal

      #WBC14 Pre-tour: Discovering the Diversity of Paso Robles in 24 Hours

      …. This tasting showcased the diversity of Paso Robles while sampling wines made from Cabernet, Zinfandel, Rhone blends, as well as Spanish and Italian varietals. The Castoro 2013 Balena White Blend (Whale Rock Estate) seemed to encapsulate this diversity being a an interesting blend of Pinto Grigio, Grenache Blanc, and Falanghina. The Giornata 2011…

      1 readers - By WineCompass

      Altitude 500 Ventoux, 2011

      …This is a co-op wine from the Vignerons of Mount Ventoux. I have enjoyed past vintages--2005, 2006, 2007--but this is my first try of the 2011, a pretty good year in the Southern Rhone. Medium ruby. Spice, red and black fruits, very much in the Ventoux style--fruity but bold. Initially, the aromas do not seem as peppery as past vintages…

      3 readers - By Artisan Wine on a Budget

      Domaine Sainte-Anne Cotes du Rhone, 2001

      …This 2001 is approaching a lovely stage of maturity. Although only a Cotes du Rhone, it is showing better right now than most of the higher priced Sainte-Anne CDR Villages in my cellar. Medium deep ruby, some sediment forming on the side of the bottle. Mature smells of red and black fruits, flowers and wild herbs--all nicely integrated…

      4 readers - By Artisan Wine on a Budget

      Domaine Clape Cotes du Rhone 2007

      …Pretty - petal, violet, mulberry, it's verging on black currant; later smoky smouldering black cardamon. Again, like the 2005, I wonder about the purity, on the tongue, it seems slightly animal and aniseed to conclude - rasping and dry, it seems to resolve and not for the first time, I wonder if I'm jumping at shadows. It's certainly distinct…

      4 readers - By Wino sapien

      2004 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis – Bottle Notes

      …2004 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis – Bottle Notes by Tom Lee on September 14, 2014 Domaine Isabel Ferrando is owned by Isabel Ferrando who created the estate when she purchased 3.9 hectares of vines. The goal was to create a wine that was distinct from Domaine Saint Prefert, her other Southern Rhone winery. The wine is 100…

      7 readers - By Zinfandel Chronicles

      Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

      …Errazuriz The Blend Collection White One of the highlights of a recent meal with Francisco Baetting of Errazuriz. He was rather proud of this (and all the wines on show to be frank) the only wine of its type made in Chile. Strongly Rhone in style being a blend of 55% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 15% Viognier offering “hawthorn, white flower…

      4 readers - By Spittoon

      What it’s like to be a #wine judge – part 2 #LACountyFair

      …Picking up where we left off, this past May I was invited by Planet Bordeaux, the marketing arm for France’s Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC, to be a guest judge at the 75th Annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Since the Bordeaux panel wasn’t until Thursday morning, I was asked to observe a panel of judges evaluating Rhone blends…

      5 readers - By Señorita Vino

      Rhone Valley Adventures Part Two - Southern Rhone

      …Experiencing the sights, the history, the wine and the food of Southern Rhone! Also be sure to check out Part One of this series, focusing on Northern Rhone. And to aid in your own exploration of wines from The Rhone Valley, our friends at Marketview Liquor are offering FREE SHIPPING on 11 great Rhone Valley values! Check out the end of today's…

      6 readers - By The Reverse Wine Snob

      Wines from La Vrille et Le Papillon, La Folie Lucé, and Jean-Louis Tribouley

      …The wines features in today’s post comes from three very different regions of the Rhone, Loire, and Roussillon. What they have in common, beyond the importer, is they are smaller, individually driven efforts. The 2012 La Vrille et Le Papillon, Z Rouge, Ardeche bears a “Z” for zero-sulphur. I thought this was evident on the nose but in no way were…

      1 readers - By Hogshead - A Wine Blog

      Wine in Idaho? Coiled Wines Excels at Riesling, Syrah

      … our ability to tweak the water, the growth, and sun exposure, I think Riesling and Syrah would do well here. Rhone varietals should thrive. What are the pros and cons of working in Idaho? I wouldn’t choose to make wine anywhere else. It’s a small industry, and I love surprising people with my wine. I think what’s great here is the bulk of my wine…

      1 readers - By CHASING THE VINE

      Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

      …After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin. I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly…

      3 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      Betz Family Winery looks to raise the bar

      … apparent in both the 2012 Rhone wines reviewed below as well as an early look during my visit at the 2012 Bordeaux wines, which will be reviewed upon release. Both sets of wines were stunning, a tribute to both the new approach and the strength of the vintage in Washington. In addition to the 2012 Rhone-style wines, the releases reviewed below…

      1 readers - By Washington Wine Report