Fun Fact #7: White wine from Madiran is designated AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh

Madiran is a village in the Southwest region of France. It is best known for its red wines (especially those made from the Tannat grape), which are designated AOC Madiran. Yet, the same land also produces white wines that are usually blends made from the Gascon varieties Petit Corbu, Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Arrufiac and the prominent Bordeaux variety,… Read More Fun Fact #7: White wine from Madiran is designated AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh

“My big fat Greek wine”—exposing Greek wine to a wider audience

Perhaps it was just a matter of time to see a brand like this appear on the market, but after having been introduced last night to “My big fat Greek wine” Savatiano (a white wine) and its red counterpart, “My big fat Greek wine” Agiorgitiko, I’ll admit to being very impressed with the concept and… Read More “My big fat Greek wine”—exposing Greek wine to a wider audience

Johannes Leitz: Germany’s “Winemaker of the Year” (and quite literally the guy next door)

Germany’s 2011 Winzer des Jahres won’t be found working in a majestic castle, nor some quaint farmhouse nestled among rolling vineyards and winding country roads. Like most of the nation’s winemakers, he resides in a modest multi-story home within a residential neighborhood that’s all of a stone’s throw away from the local drugstore, several discount supermarkets and a grammar school. His… Read More Johannes Leitz: Germany’s “Winemaker of the Year” (and quite literally the guy next door)

Fun Fact #6: The name Schwarzriesling comes from the grape’s naturally high acidity

If you know a little German, then you’ll understand the term Schwarzriesling literally translates to “black Riesling”. From there it’s easy to assume that this grape variety is a relative of Germany’s acclaimed Riesling. However, that is not true—Schwarzriesling is in fact Pinot Meunier (best known as one of the three main grapes authorized in Champagne production). However, in… Read More Fun Fact #6: The name Schwarzriesling comes from the grape’s naturally high acidity