Category Archives: France

Wine for Normal People Audio Blog 11: Beaujolais Cru

Every year on the third Thursday in November at midnight, Beaujolais Nouveau hits store shelves, cafés, and restaurants around the world and (a declining number) of people rush out to get this invention of marketing genius.   The celebration of this hastily made wine, for which grapes are picked and then...

Audio blog 9: Garnacha: In the Shadows No More

Let’s say you had a friend whom you loved in a group setting but whom, alone, you found to be over the top, obnoxious, rude, and sort of base or low class. Try as you may, you just couldn’t hang out with the friend on a one-on-one basis, and ultimately,...

Audio Blog 8: In Defense of the French AOC System

Ask a European wine lover about the classification systems of Europe – you know the ones that may drive you crazy because they require that the labels don’t state the grape on the bottle but rather the place? — and you’re likely to get an earful. The EU classification of...

Audio blog #6: What exactly IS Côtes du Rhône?

This is a repost of a previous article, edited and with an audio component. I headed to one of my favorite wine shops the other day and I started speaking with a wine consultant friend there. I was getting a recommendation on a Côtes-du-Rhône and she mentioned that this category...

Tasty Beaujolais Cru

Every year on the third Thursday in November at midnight, Beaujolais Nouveau hits store shelves, cafés, and restaurants around the world and (a declining number) of people rush out to get this invention of marketing genius. The celebration of this hastily made wine, for which grapes are picked and then processed in...