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Wood Chips in French Wine? Don�t Be So Sure!


In March, Wine Sediments reported on the controversial decision to let French winemakers use wood chips in order to better compete with �New World� wines. Hold on, Simon. The decision may well never be applied to the best French wines. The INAO (Institut National des Appellations d�Origine) has just announced, to the astonishment of French […]

Jay-Z and Armand de Brignac Champagne


I am sure we all hang on every word and follow every fashion that trend-setter Jay-Z proclaims. He is the guy that brought Crystal champagne to the forefront of a certain music sector (whose fans hadn’t a hells chance of ever affording it).
He accused the Roederer chief, Frédéric Rouzaud, of racism and began a boycott […]

Welcome to Great Grape Day


Welcome to Wine Sediments first Great Grape Day.
The intention is not to provide comprehensive coverage of all things cabernet but rather for the team to provide interesting snippets on a unified theme. You wont find details of planted acreage in Chile or a comparison of fermentation temperatures in Bordeaux and Bulgaria - rather a collection […]

The Rutherford Dust Society Celebrates Cabernet Sauvignon


The Rutherford Dust Society embodies a true devotion not only to cabernet sauvignon, but to the earth that creates it. The Society is an organization founded in the Napa Valley’s town of Rutherford to pay “tribute to the legacy of our grape growing and winemaking forebears.” The cutesy name is based on a […]

What Food With Cabernet?


What type of foods go with Cabernet Sauvignon?
Roast beef, would be my first chocie it’s the best opportunity to show off the best Cabernets, whether they are single varietals or blends. Medium-rare or well cooked beef flatters Cabernets with some maturity to them while a dish that I love due to its simplicity and ease […]

Cabernet Sauvignon in France


Although cabernet sauvignon certainly comes to mind as one of France’s major grape varieties, it actually only takes fifth place, occupying approximately 50,000 hectares. It is, famously, the dominant grape in Médoc wines, where it can make up 80% of a “Cru classé.”
Cabernet sauvignon is also widely used in the South-West, especially in Bergerac […]

Cabernet Sauvignon On The Blogs


OK so you might prefer a Pinot Noir on an Autumnal day or relish the spice of a Syrah with your slice of beef but what is there to dislike about Cabernet?
Well you could ridicule those whose only exposure to the most noble of red wine varieties is stuck in a bag which in turn […]

Cabernet Sauvignon Blends


To Blend or not to Blend?
The answer, in the case of many of the worlds greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, is to blend.
There is a myth swirling in the miasma that surrounds the wine industry that seems to get picked up by wine drinkers now and then that a blend is a lesser quality […]

Cabernet Sauvignon for Vegetarians


I’ve never been much of a meat eater, so while I enjoy many light reds and all varieties of white wines (especially the veggie-friendly Grner Veltliner), my experiences with Cabernet Sauvignon have largely been solo affairs, at wine tastings or classes.
You won’t find much in the way of traditional vegetarian-Cabernet pairings from the meat-heavy […]

Can Yolo County Compete?


You would think that being just up the road from California’s Napa Valley would mean something, right? At least one new winery in Yolo County is hoping that it does. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Mike Dunne, a family who has been farming in the area for five generations (the Romingers) and their […]