Viognier is a grape that is as hard to grow as the name is to pronounce. The variety is early ripening, leaving it susceptible to late spring frosts that can burn the delicate buds that would ultimately form all the green growth including the grapes themselves.
With Father’s Day approaching, we pay tribute to the grape father of fathers, Cabernet Franc. Yes, Cabernet Franc! Did you know that Cabernet Franc is the father of Cabernet Sauvignon?
Provence is a region in southeastern France extending from the left bank of the Rhône on its west, to the Italian border on its east, and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to its south.
Champagne dates back centuries to the days when Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon was the cellar master at the Abbey of Hautvillers, assigned to oversee wine production. One of his duties was to try to prevent wine from becoming bubbly, which at the time, was thought to ruin the wine. He and his fellow monks altered the grapes used in the wine production and eliminated skins to see if that made a difference.
Touraine is one of the four districts that comprise the Loire Valley in France. The name Touraine is derived from a Celtic tribe called the Turones who inhabited the region almost two thousand years ago.