Archive for the ‘shiraz’ Category

Peel the wine details off the label

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

It often happens that you enjoy a wine with friends and a few days later you wish you had noticed its name. Because you would like to buy it but you did not pay attention to the label at the party.

Here is a general solution: don’t bother. You’ll taste other wines.

Label peeling

A winery has decided to take advantage of this recall impulse. Oxford Landing ships its South Australian Shiraz wine with a tear-off tab with all the useful information. When at the party you can peel the tab off the back label: the winery has very much increased its chance of you buying another bottle.

I heard about this idea from Ben Terrett. Here is the original post.

Cornas, development, and international style

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Location: France, Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône, Cornas

The Rhône Valley is beautiful. Currently the Cornas part is threatened to be uglified. In France, the entity for building authorisations is the municipality. So the debate should grow locally during the campaign for the next municipal elections in March 2008.

Anyway here is a primer on a prominent local grower: Jean-Luc Colombo.

Jean-Luc Colombo in his Les Ruchets vineyard, by Winekakis.comFrom his beautiful farm high up behind the village of Cornas, Jean-Luc Colombo manages to be a domaine owner, a negociant and a wine consultant for many of the most important producers in the region.

His vines, forming Vignobles Jean-Luc Colombo, occupy 55 acres in the appellations of Cornas and Côtes du Rhône. The benchmark from these vineyards is the Cornas Les Ruchets, a powerful syrah with 45 percent new-wood aging. A recent addition to the range is La Louvée which is a special vineyard selection.

As a negociant, Colombo keeps the wine he buys in the producer’s cellar rather than bringing it to his own.

Jean-Luc and his wife, Anne, founded Le Centre Oenologique des Côtes du Rhône in 1984. As a consultant, his influence, particularly in the use of new wood for aging, has been considerable in the Rhône valley. His winemaking style is international.

Winery address:
Jean-Luc Colombo

Pied La Vigne, Cornas
Phone: +33 (0) 4 75 40 36 09

Guigal, Rhône Valley

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Location: France, Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie

Guigal is a big name in Côte-Rôtie, where vines have been cultivated for 24 centuries. With his cuvées such as Brune et Blonde, La Turque, La Mouline and La Landonne, Marcel Guigal has led the revival in the appellation that has put it among the top red-wine regions of France.

Guigal winemaking incorporates the pure fruit from low yields in the vineyard with new oak in the cellars. Recent additions to the whites include strict temperature control during fermentation.

Having taken control of Vidal-Fleury, the other major négociant in Côte-Rôtie, Guigal now manages more than a third of the production of the appellation. The firm also produces a white Condrieu and larger quantities of Côtes du Rhône.

Winery address:
Château d’Ampuis
69420 Ampuis
Phone: +33 4 74 56 10 22