You say “lip stinger”, I say no

by  |  20-07-2014

I’m not sure why I’m such a pedantic twit when it comes to wine grape names. I suppose it’s because all European grapes have a name that typically means something whether it’s the place they’re from (like Carignan/Carinyena) or describes their history appearance or taste like Plavac Mali or Escanyavella (“little blue” and “old lady strangler”, respectively.) The problem is that in this digital day and age, if these things are wrong, then it seems to me like history is being betrayed a little. Picapoll/Piquepoul My grape name bitchery starts with Picapoll or as it’s possibly known in English via the “French” name, Piquepoul. For those who don’t know it, this is a popular white varietal that also had red and grey versions as well. Light and easy to drink, it’s popular in both Catalonia as well as across the border in Southern France. The name is curious and is […]
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