Comité Champagne MOOC, Massive Open Online Course

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Dom Perignon would be impressed by the MOOC

Comité Champagne MOOC, Massive Open Online Course The official online course about Champagne wines is now available, provided by the Comité Champagne, called the MOOC. The Comité Champagne is, “the trade association that represents the interests of independent Champagne producers and Champagne Houses. Its mandate is to promote the vines and wines of Champagne. Its broad remit includes economic, technical, …

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Goldilocks. Or, drinking Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

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Goldilocks

Goldilocks. Or, drinking Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Any opportunity to try the wines made by the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) in Burgundy is the chance of a lifetime. Not only is this celebrated patch of dirt in the village of Vosne-Romanée regarded as producing the most outstanding red Burgundy, many consider it to be the source of the world’s …

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Rare Champagne grape varieties – this is their story

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Rare Champagne grape varieties

Rare Champagne grape varieties – this is their story Under the Champagne laws, three principal grapes are allowed in Champagne, namely Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Together, they account for 99.74% of vineyard plantings. However, there are also four rare Champagne grape varieties tolerated. They are all white varieties, namely Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier and Arbane. In France, …

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Bugey on down – explorations in undiscovered France

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Grand Colombier, Bugey. Looking at Mont Blanc

Bugey on down – explorations in undiscovered France In France, the little known wine region of Bugey is well off the beaten track. I have passed through it frequently enough, usually on the way to more famous wine destinations in France and Italy, always making a mental note to stop and explore. When I finally did so, some years ago, …

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Christmas 2019 – a dozen wines to check out!

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Happy Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019 – a dozen wines to check out! Happy Christmas to you all, and here’s my pick of the wines for Chrismas 2019. Here’s my Christmas Card as well. It’s the skating rink at the Christmas Market held in Bruges, Belgium.  Anyway, here are a delightful dozen wines for the festive season that are all available in the UK. …

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More Beaujolais Pleasures – Beaujolais Pt.3

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More Beaujolais Pleasures: Chénas vintage 2018

More Beaujolais Pleasures – Beaujolais Pt.3 This final part 3 of the Beaujolais trilogy contains even more Beaujolais pleasures. It covers six more crus plus some food-matching ideas. The clickable Google map below shows the producer locations for all of the wines recommended in parts 2 and 3. Even more Beaujolais pleasures await ♥ Brouilly 1,227 hectares and 8.5 million bottles. …

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Beaujolais is for life, not just for Christmas – Pt.1

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Beaujolais

Beaujolais is for life, not just for Christmas – Pt.1 Ah, Beaujolais! Mention that word and the memories flood back, still fresh from half a lifetime. Beaujolais was where it all started. I never anticipated a lifelong wine journey would result. What would have happened if Beaujolais and I had not coincided? Life would have been very different. Let me …

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Three Colours Red – Beaujolais, Pt.2

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Three Colours Red: Fleurie

Three Colours Red – Beaujolais, Pt.2 Beaujolais part 1 was mostly a love letter to the region where my wine journey started. This part 2 is Three Colours Red. It covers the three main divisions, namely Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages, and four of the ten Beaujolais crus. There is a wine recommendation for each one, from encounters over the past couple of years. Then, …

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Assemblage 2009 released by Champagne Bruno Paillard

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Bruno Paillard Assemblage 2009

Assemblage 2009 Regular readers of these pages will know my liking for the Champagnes made by Maison Bruno Paillard.  This time it’s about vintage Champagne and the new release of Assemblage 2009. The Cuvée This Champagne is made exclusively from the first pressings of the grapes, ensuring the best quality. These came from ten of the best terroirs in the …

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Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois – Book review

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Chablis, Rosemary George

Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois – Book review Chablis – it’s the best known white wine. And not just in the UK, which is still its biggest market, but worldwide. It’s so famous that many don’t realise it’s a Chardonnay from a small group of villages in northern Burgundy. Even though it’s a unique expression, Chablis is far from being …

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