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What are the wines of the Loire Valley? | Loire Valley Wine Region of France | SommelierQA.com

What Are the Wines of the Loire Valley?

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What are some of the standout wines coming from the Loire Valley? What makes this region special, and what advice might you give to those looking to visit the region in terms of where to go and what to try? What foods pair best with Loire Valley wines? Loire valley is vast – stretching from […]

What is Chateauneuf du Pape Wine? | SommelierQA.com

What is Chateauneuf du Pape Wine?

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The wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape (CDP) vary from full-bodied reds to rich and mouth filling whites and even some light–hearted Rosés. The CDP AOC is the largest single AOC in the southern Rhone valley in France. Bordered to the North by the northern Rhone Valley (CDP is equal in size to the total ..

What is Sauterne? How is Sauternes Made in Bordeaux? Sauternes and Noble Rot | Allessandra Esteves, SommelierQA.com

What is Sauternes Wine? How is it Made? What Does it Taste Like?

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Sauternes is an AOC, established in 1936, and located in Bordeaux, France. The region produces an unfortified sweet wine, that can be made with Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris grapes. The AOC entails five different communes in the Gironde Department: Sauternes, Barsac, Bommes, ..

What is Pouilly-Fumé? | Loire Valley, France - Sauvignon Blanc | Adam Chase, SommelierQA.com

What is Pouilly-Fumé?

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Pouilly-Fumé is a PDO/Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AC) wine region in the Central Vineyards section of France’s Loire Valley. It produces only white wines from Sauvignon Blanc. Many people confuse the region with Pouilly-Fuisse AC. Fuisse also produces white wine, but from Chardonnay and is located ..

What's the Difference Between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux Wines? | Maggie Campbell DipWSET | SommelierQA.com

What is the difference between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux, both geographically and in terms of wine styles?

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When discussing Bordeaux, one of the first distinctions one may come across is the differentiation between right and left bank. The Gironde estuary cuts the region in two with Médoc and Graves on the left bank and St-Émilion and Pomerol on the right. The left bank is distinctive because of its gravel, ..

Background on Red Burgundy Wines and Burgundy Wine Region | Sarah Trubnick, Sommelier Barrel Room San Francisco | SommelierQA.com

Could You Give a Background on Red Burgundy Wines?

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The Burgundy region is a very complicated subject. With its ancient and extremely complex soils and limestone cliffs, varied pockets of meso- and microclimates, and notable vintage variation, the terrain and climate themselves lend to some of this complexity. Add in the small parcels owned by most producers ..