on iTunes – Episode 16 Paris GOOD food+wine Paige Donner Host-Producer

by Paige Donner This episode 16 of Paris GOOD food+wine  focuses on Wine Tourism in two of France’s most famous wine regions: Burgundy and Bordeaux. For many people passionate about wine, Burgundy remains the El Dorado of fine wines. And … Continue reading

Tasting The Unexpected at Bordeaux’s Vinexpo 2015

by Paige Donner Vinexpo Bordeaux is all work and no play. These photos and video from the four days spent there earlier this week give a good strong visual indication of exactly what I mean. I suppose it’s really simply … Continue reading

The Allure of Bio-dynamic Wines

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The consistently high quality of bio-dynamic wines is winning out over their reputation of a cultish way to cultivate grapes. Here are two recent Mainstream Media Reports about Bio-dynamic wines. The first is a French news report during this year’s … Continue reading

Insider Guide to the 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

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Sam the cooking guySan Diego’s beloved Sam the Cooking Guy has created a list of tips to help you master the 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival! As a seasoned Festival veteran for the last 7 years, Sam knows a thing or two about the event and wants to give you a sneak peak into the action-packed culinary week that only a foodie could appreciate. 

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Terrasses du Larzac

by Paige Donner

Terrasses du Larzac

Terrasses du Larzac, Coteaux du Languedoc, AOC.

Terrasses du Larzac is a relatively new appellation – AOC status since the 2004 harvest– in the Hérault region of Languedoc-Roussillon in Southern France. In this sense it is absolutely reflective of the Coteaux du Languedoc’s re-establishment of the quality and prestige of its region’s vineyards, winemakers and especially its wines.

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The Domaine de la Sauvageonne’s 2006 ‘Les Ruffes’ wine was placed in the top 100 wines of 2008 in The Wine Spectator, the leading USA wine magazine. Not only a tribute to the Domaine and its Director, Gavin Crisfield, this is proof of the quality potential in the Terrasses du Larzac.

The Terrasses du Larzac is a V-shaped area spreading from the Pic Saint Baudile, its cliffs and benches, that graduates on downward to the point of the V towards Aniane and Lake Salagou. The area encompasses 32 communes (villages such as Saint Jean de la Blaquière, Puechabon, Lodève, St.-Jean-de-Fos…) and produces some 75,000 hectoliters of AOC Languedoc, and only 9000 hl of AOC Languedoc -Terrasses du Larzac, annually. While the highest points of the natural boundaries of the Terrasses du Larzac reach over 800m high, the only planted and permitted AOC zones are between 50m and 300m high on the foothills of the Causse.

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Argentina Trapiche Malbec – Goooaaallll!

Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard wines keep amazing palates. Two of the most prestigiousinternational wine magazines, Wine Spectator from the United States and The World of Fine Wine from the UK have recently published an article in which our successful Single Vineyard wines are quoted.

Wine Spectator titled the article: Daniel Pi builds a track Record. In the picture he appears next to James Molesworth, Senior Editor of the magazine and the responsible for tasting the wines from Argentina.

The prestigious wine critic made a vertical tasting of Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard and these were his scores:

Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Adolfo Ahumada 2007 I 91 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Domingo F. Sarmiento 2007 I 92 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Fausto Orellana de Escobar 2007 I 93 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Cristina y Bibiana Coletto 2006 I 91points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Adriana Venturín 2006 I 92 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Federico Villafañe 2006 I 91 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Francisco Olivé 2005 I 91 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Eleodoro Aciar 2005 I 91 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Fausto Orellana 2005 I 92 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Carlos Gei Berra 2004 I 90 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Victorio Coletto 2004 I 90 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña Pedro González 2004 I 90 points
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Viña José Blanco 2003 I 90 points

On the other hand, three of the most prestigious wine critics from the UK and
collaborators for The World of Fine Wine* magazine: Tim Atkin MW, Gerard Basset and Anthony Rose, devoted a full article to Malbec from Argentina versus Malbec from Cahors.

They did a blind tasting of 40 Malbecs, 21 from Cahors and 9 from Argentina, among which our Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2007 Viña Domingo F. Sarmiento, Viña Fausto Orellana de Escobar and Viña Adolfo Ahumada were rated with excellent scores.

The journalists agreed that Malbec is capable to offer a greater range of styles in
Argentina than in Cahors, mainly because of the differences in latitude and altitude.

Following please find scores:
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2007 Viña Sarmiento: 17.5
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2007 Viña Orellana: 16.5
Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2007 Viña Ahumada: 15.5

*The World of Fine Wine is one of the most prestigious and professional wine magazines in the UK. Fine Wine uses a very professional punctuation system: blind and open tastings are at the center of the magazine. They use a distinctive and rigorous tasting protocol, which makes their tastings an impartial and invaluable guide to the world’s finest wines. 20-point scale, calibrated specifically for fine wine, strikes the best balance for our purpose.

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