Tannat is a red wine grape, historically grown in South West France in the Madiran AOC and is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay, where it is considered the "national grape". It is also grown in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and in Italy's Puglia region where it is used as a blending grape. In the US states of Maryland and Virginia, there are small experimental plantings of the vine, and plantings in California have increased dramatically in the first years of the 21st Century. Tannat wines produced in Uruguay are usually quite different in character from Madiran wines, being lighter in body and lower in tannins.
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      You’ve heard of pairing wine with dessert, but have you heard of wine from the desert? Over the last 5 years areas other than California have stepped into the national spotlight as wine producing regions. Washington State, Oregon and the Finger Lakes region of New York State have earned solid reputations for high quality fruit and wine making.

      Weekly Wine Journalin Syrah- 8 readers -
    • Good Texas wines honor Terroir

      Many Texas wineries exhibit the hubris Texas has become known for all over the world — with a swagger and a determination, they attempt to bend Mother Nature over and whip her into submission. If it works for oil, then why shouldn’t it work for wine? Those wineries making mediocre wines claim any ‘perceived’ flaws can be attributed to the terroir (a French word that refers t ...

      Amy Corron Power/ Another Wine Blogin Merlot- 6 readers -
  • Wine Reviews: Stinson Vineyards

    Stinson Vineyards is one of many small Virginia producers deserving some attention. For a handful of years now, Stinson has been putting out a bunch of exciting bottles that will challenge your conceptions about Virginia wine. The wines are made by Rachel Stinson, who was interviewed here on Terroirist. “My ultimate goal is to make good, clean, commercially viable wine,” Rachel said.

    Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog- 5 readers -
  • Hitting the Century Club, in Virginia

    … know how far I will get, so let's see what happens. I am going to start in Northern Virginia and begin with 8 Chains North, that winery gets us: Sauvignon Blanc Traminette Vidal Blanc Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot Sauvignon Blanc That was an easy start, next over to Breaux Vineyards, where we can add: Chardonnay Seyval Blanc…

    CellarBlogin Sauvignon Blanc- 1 readers -
  • Vinedo de Los Vientos Alcyone Tannat This is a sweet dessert...

    … Vinedo de Los Vientos Alcyone Tannat This is a sweet dessert wine named after Alcyone, the Greek demi-goddess whom the gods turned into the halcyon bird after she threw herself into the sea in grief over the death of her husband, Ceyx, in a shipwreck. She’s also the reason for the phrase “halcyon days”. This wine brings you halcyon days at the end of any meal. Kahlúa and cocoa nibs. Black cherry dessert. Raisins. Molasses. Vanilla. Rich decadence. 4/5 bones $$$ Tannat 16% abv Canelones, URUGUAY …

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  • Pucker Up (Talking Tannins For Publix Grape Magazine Winter 2014)

    … on which grapes have lower / higher pucker-up tannin potential, from Gamay to Tannat) for their In Focus section. You can subscribe to Grape (for free) to check it out. Just make sure to have your pucker face ready. If you need a break from all that palate-ripping tannin talk, head over to my article section on Snooth.com where you can find a primer…

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  • Wine of the Day November 15, 2014

    … d’Artagnan from his tale of The Three Musketeers, and it is the home of some exciting wines. The area has mostly Tannat, but also allows Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the A.O.C, and while Tannat can be rustic, robust and raw, here it is made with more polish and more, shall we say, like Bordeaux with finesse and it is certainly less…

    grapelive.comin Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc- 3 readers -
  • 2014 Arizona Republic Wine Competition Winners List

    2014 Arizona Republic Wine Competition Winners List Best in Show Callaghan Vineyards Tannat 2012. Growers Cup Red First place: Callaghan Vineyards Tannat 2012. Second place (tie): Callaghan Vineyards Padres 2012 and Dos Cabezas WineWorks La Montaña 2011. Growers Cup White First place: Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones 2013. Second place: Sand-Reckoner Malvasia Bianca 2013.

    Weekly Wine Journal- 2 readers -
  • Casual Wine Tasting in a Toulouse Market

    … stood beside the counter, pairing a few wines with typical local fare, such as mineral and crisply citrus toned Ode d’Aydie 2011 with smoked trout which the wine merchant had caught and prepared himself (SAQ $18.95). Chateau d’Aydie Madiran l’Origine 2012—a bold, earthy blend of Tannat and Cabernet Franc—was a perfect foil to foie gras, SAQ $26.85…

    Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.com- 1 readers -
  • 5 Steps in Deciding How Long to Age a Wine

    One of the top questions I get asked by wine enthusiasts is how long to age a wine. We’ve previously discussed the 4 basic traits of an age-worthy wine. In this article we’ll take a deeper look at specific varietals and what to look for when aging wine. Did You Know: Improper storage conditions can lower a wine’s lifespan by up to 75%. Read more: Finding the right wine storage temperature.

    Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly- 5 readers -
  • Month in Wines: October 2014

    Ahh, the ever accelerating pace of the days, weeks and months flying by like a runaway train, as we are getting closer to the holidays… Another month becomes a history, and as usual, it is the time to summarize the wine experiences. Typically, this is not a very difficult task with may be 12 -15 wines which would be typically mentioned in this “month in wines” posts.

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  • Weekend Wine Notes: Five Wild Red Blends

    No holds are barred in California, unlike in the Old World, where government agencies determine where grapes can be grown and what grapes go into certain wines. Many wines, of course, are famous for their combinations of grapes, like Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which may contain any ratio of up to 13 grapes, red and white, or Bordeaux, where winemakers fashion cabernet sauvignon, merl ...

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head- 4 readers -
  • Bonny Doon Vineyard 2012 A Proper Claret

    … or light-colored wine. At the time Bordeaux wines were closer to current day rosé in color. Whatever you call it, this is a Cabernet-driven blend. It features 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 8% Tannat, 7% Syrah and 1% Petite Sirah. It’s a deep, murky raspberry color and medium to full bodied. When Green Dragon sniffed, she proclaimed…

    Toledo Wines and Vinesin Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah- 4 readers -
  • Michael David Inkblot Tannat 2012

    … The Michael David Inkblot Tannat 2012 is sourced from a single vineyard located in the southeastern edge of the Lodi AVA in northern California. Michael and David Phillips are brothers and 5th generation grape growers (their family has been farming in Lodi since the 1850s) who started their winery in 1984. Lodi is in the northern end…

    CHEAP WINE FINDERin Cabernet Franc- 2 readers -
  • 006 TWL Podcast: David Sides of Austin Vineyards

    … in acreage by the year. There are several varieties growing including both hybrid and Vitis vinifera grapes. Tempranillo, Viognier, Tannat, Vermentino, and Blanc du Bois are some of the predominant grapes growing on property. David Sides Please remember to let us know what you want to hear on the Texas Wine Lover podcast because we want to bring topics that are of interest to you. Please sit back, relax, and enjoy the podcast. Subscribe on iTunes Listen on Stitcher …

    Texas Wine Lover- 4 readers -
  • Halloween, Wine and Ghost Stories

    … Bianco, Cortese, Arneis, Erbaluce and Favorita. The region also offers grape varieties more familiar to most of the US population. These include: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tannat. I recently checked the website for our local Total Wine shop and found more than 100 wines from the Piedmont region available with a wide range of prices. Cheers! Kathy …

    Wine Trail Travelerin Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Syrah Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Travel Tuesday: Paso Robles Uncorked

    “Traveling; first it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” ~ Ibn Battuta Many folks are starting to think about a late fall vacations and or weekend getaway plans, and who can blame you, especially if you plan to be in California next weekend? So if your travel plans happen to involve visiting wine country, may heartily suggest to a trip to one of my favorite wine destinat.

    Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog - 2 readers -
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