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Provence Rosé Wine Guide | SommelierQA.com

Can you discuss the Provence wine region of France, what grapes and wines are produced here, and why this region works so well for Rosé Wine?

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Examining the Sights and Flavors of France’s Provence Wine Region and its Famous Rosé Wine  When thinking of Provence, the mind conjures images of lavender fields casting purple hues on rolling hills that match the sunsets. You think of the famous sundrenched seaside towns of the French Riviera ..

Little Known Wine Regions to Visit | SommelierQA.com | Best Up and Coming Wine Regions to Visit

What Up and Coming Wine Region Would You Recommend Traveling To? Why?

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I personally highly recommend traveling to wine regions outside of the big areas to places like Madiran in France, or the Douro in Portugal. This way, you still have all the old-world charm we all know and love but with new and exciting innovation when it comes to their winemaking processes.  It is a wonderful ..

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 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 ..

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 ..

What is a Grower Champagne?

What is a ‘Grower’ Champagne?

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There are over 14,000 “vignerons”, or growers, who own the vineyards and grow the grapes used in Champagne. Many of the vignerons have long-standing contracts with Champagne producers. While upwards of 80% of the growers operate on these contracts, some dating back to the late 1800’s, some of the vignerons ..

Why is Champagne so Expensive? | SommelierQA.com

Why is Champagne So Expensive?

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There are a few reasons behind the luxury price-tag that is found with Champagnes. Champagne is Expensive Because of Where It’s Grown Firstly, let’s consider the place itself. Champagne is one of the smallest wine regions in the world, totaling 76,000 acres. There is simply only so much land ..