Rhone valley part 4 continued…

Rhone Part 4, Thursday: it warms up quite a bit today with lots of sun. Beautiful Gigondas village is a setting of stone edifices, narrow lanes and steep hills. I’m tasting Gigondas, Vacqueyras, & Beaumes de Venise today. I’m finding truly excellent and affordable wines here. The further south I go, the more robust andContinue reading “Rhone valley part 4 continued…”

Rhone Part 3, Wednesday: in Tain L’Hermitage, an attractive village on the Rhone. On the way we visit a centuries-old village…

… called Châteaubourg complete wth castle. It has a veritable fairy-tale look. Now we’re into the Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray. Whereas yesterday’s wines were quite delicate, many of today’s have more body. The big wineries, like Jaboulet, are in fine form, but the really interesting stuff is among the smaller producers. I’m meetingContinue reading “Rhone Part 3, Wednesday: in Tain L’Hermitage, an attractive village on the Rhone. On the way we visit a centuries-old village…”

Rhone Part 2, Tuesday: I am in Ampuis, South of Lyon to taste the red wines of Cote Rotie & St. Joseph…

Côte-Rôtie is just 3 km long, comprising 7 or 8 hills. St. Joseph is a longer region along the river. I taste mostly 2008, 09, & 10. They’re still young yet show impressive potential. I am pleased with Domaine Louis Chèze. I score 5 reds 90 to 91. D. de la Faviere St. Joseph ’09Continue reading “Rhone Part 2, Tuesday: I am in Ampuis, South of Lyon to taste the red wines of Cote Rotie & St. Joseph…”

Rhone Valley Part 1, Intro: There flows a mighty river out of Switzerland into France then south into the Mediterranean…

The Rhone is home to big wines from such iconic appelations as Crozes-Hermitage, Cotes du Rhone, and Chateauneuf du Pape. I am visiting about 20 of them this week. Follow with me as we experience them together. Part 1. – Posted using MobyPicture.com