Wine introduction. Wine 101.

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Wine may seem a bit daunting at first. But we’ll help you get a handle on it. Best to not take it too seriously.  Enjoy the process.  We’ll take it one step at a time.

STEP ONE: WINE REGIONS

A good way to learn about wine is to learn about wine regions. I’ve included special wine regions here, ones that gave birth to the most popular grape varieties for making wine. Interestingly enough, they’re all in FRANCE.

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BURGUNDY  (Borgogne in French)

Located in the centre of the map above (light shade of orange), Burgundy produces both whites & reds, often barrel-aged. Chardonnay is a rich and buttery white, Pinot Noir is a soft, delicate red.

Main White Varietal:
Chardonnay

Main Red Varietal:
Pinot Noir

BORDEAUX

Bordeaux is in South Western France (light blue, lower left on map). This is the famous wine region with the world’s most sought-after wines. They are rich, bold and full bodied.

Main White Varietals:
Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon

Main Red Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Merlot

TO FULL BORDEAUX ARTICLE

RHONE

The Rhone is in South-Eastern France (light purple on map), and is divided into the Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone, home of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Main White Varietal (Northern Rhone):
Viognier

Main Red Varietal (Northern Rhone):
Syrah

Main Varietals (Southern Rhone):

About 17 varietals! Two stars are: Grenache and Syrah, both red.

>>> TO STEP 2

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