French Wines

Burgundy 2023, lookin’ good?

by  |  22-09-2023

As I mentioned in the latest newsletter, it’s been a good deal of pain across Southern Europe for the 2023 harvest. There are of course exceptions and the further east you go, the better things... more »

Vinovalie Sans Culotte Blanc 2020

by  |  01-09-2023

I won’t lie, there’s an excitement for me in discovering new wines and it’s why the core of this site is to “be wine curious.” I do realize for the vast majority of winedrinkers, this... more »

A review of “Un vin dans les voiles”

by  |  30-08-2023

Documentaries in the wine world can be something of a tough order. Wine is, by its nature, rather boring to watch on a screen and infinitely more fun to drink. This is why I was... more »

Château d’Arche, Bordeaux, France

by  |  28-08-2023

Bordeaux can be tricky to wrap one’s head around which is why it’s wonderful when you receive wines to taste that are simply very good and happen to be from Bordeaux as was the case... more »

Domaine Boisson, Cairanne, France

by  |  11-08-2023

It’s been some time since my last look at the wines of Cairanne, so it’s long overdue for a revisit. For those unfamiliar with this appellation in the Southern Rhône, it received its ‘cru bump’... more »

A book review of, “From Bordeaux to the Stars”

by  |  12-07-2023

Given the recent passing of Jean-Michel Cazes at the end of June, it seemed a more than appropriate time to review his narrative memoir, “From Bordeaux to the Stars: The Reawakening of a Wine Legend”... more »

Six wines to know from Terrasses du Larzac

by  |  26-06-2023

As I’d said in the report earlier this year, I’d been wanting to do a large tasting of the wines from the Terrasses du Larzac AOC in Languedoc, France for some time. Next year will... more »

A full review of “Drops of God”

by  |  12-06-2023

It's rare that the wine crowd gets a fancy film or TV series made for them. Normally, we're stuck with documentaries or something related to the vainglorious world of "Planet Somm". When a fiction offer... more »

Domaine Faiveley – Bourgogne Rouge 2020

by  |  31-05-2023

There is nothing polemic, nor breaking news in stating that Burgundy wines are quite expensive these days. It’s a fact that seems to just be getting ‘factier’ with each passing vintage which seems to produce... more »

The wines of Terrasses du Larzac 2023

by  |  31-01-2023

I’ve wanted to do a full, region-wide tasting of the Terrasses du Larzac appellation in the Languedoc region of Southern France for quite some time. Officially approved only in 2014, they’re one of the newest... more »