I just love wines from Amyndeon and Florina Greece. Ask for them! #winesofgreece #winesofamyndeonandflorina

I love the wines from the Amyndeon and Florina wine regions of the province of Macedonia. Being in the northwestern part of Greece, the region is cooler than other parts of the country and with the high altitude, and surrounding mountains and lakes, it possesses a microclimate very suitable for grape growing. Wines of Greece sectionContinue reading “I just love wines from Amyndeon and Florina Greece. Ask for them! #winesofgreece #winesofamyndeonandflorina”

Delightful wines from @ktimagerovass Gerovassiliou winery #greece fr @kolonakigroup

On the slopes of Epanomi, near the city of Thessaloniki, a well-cared vineyard surrounds the modern winery, where the renowned Domaine Gerovassiliou wines are produced. These are wines full of character and luscious flavour. – Posted using MobyPicture.com

Is Greek wine the next big thing? Yes indeed. Here’s why.

  Greek wines   are experiencing a significant renaissance. That’s a very good thing. It’s possibly the oldest wine producing region of the world, going back at least 6,500 years. It was the Greeks who introduced wine to Italy. Greek wine had especially high prestige among the Romans. And Greek wines were transported to theContinue reading “Is Greek wine the next big thing? Yes indeed. Here’s why.”

Chateau Jean Faure, St. Emilion charms in a most special way, both as a destination and as a wine

I’m at Chateau Jean Faure in St. Emilion. I feel like I’m home. The sunny disposition, soil, and general feeling of this place seem familiar and magical. The chateau’s historic roots, its reference terroir, and a passionate owner: Olivier Decelle make it very special. Monsieur Decelle explains: “This is a historic terroir. There are twoContinue reading “Chateau Jean Faure, St. Emilion charms in a most special way, both as a destination and as a wine”

Beautiful Gigondas village, in the Southern Rhône, is a setting of stone edifices, narrow lanes and …

My recent visit to Gigondas, Rhône, France. Beautiful Gigondas village, in the Southern Rhône, is a setting of stone edifices, narrow lanes and steep hills. I am here to taste the iconic wines of the area: Gigondas, Vacqueyras, & Beaumes de Venise. I’m finding truly excellent and affordable wines here. The further south I goContinue reading “Beautiful Gigondas village, in the Southern Rhône, is a setting of stone edifices, narrow lanes and …”

Rhone Part 7, Sunday: We are in the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape today. We park near the tower…

… We park near the tower and survey the gravel, limestone, and clay soil in these hallowed vineyards. The Grenache vines are very old, thick, and twisted, just beginning to sprout new shoots for the Season. The Syrah vines are distinctly thinner in appearance. As we descend into the village, the bell tolls; it’s SundayContinue reading “Rhone Part 7, Sunday: We are in the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape today. We park near the tower…”

Rhone Part 5, Friday: Tastings in Chateau de Grignan then on to Chateauneuf

Chateau de Grignan This chateau is a large imposing facility high on a hill. Dozens of wines tasted. A great representation of Rhone. Now on to Chateau de Suze-la-Rousse, the home of the Wine University in the area. The wines of Grignan, Vinsobres and Cotes du Rhone, Cotes du Rhone Villages, are marvellous here. ForContinue reading “Rhone Part 5, Friday: Tastings in Chateau de Grignan then on to Chateauneuf”

Rhone Part 6, Saturday: we drive from home base in Cairanne to a chateau and then to Pont-du-Gard…

… In Pont-du-Gard to visit with 39 wineries who’ve set up for the day. We’re in the shadow of the Roman aqueduct & bridge. A very picturesque setting. We taste wines from Tavel – home of famous rosé wines, Lirac and many more Cote du Rhone wines. Memorable wines: – ’09 Domaine Coudoulis Cotes duContinue reading “Rhone Part 6, Saturday: we drive from home base in Cairanne to a chateau and then to Pont-du-Gard…”