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Strike Up The Band It’s Jacobs Creek Semillon


It was a rascal to find a bottle of wine down here made from Semillon.  But I did come across a familiar vineyard, Jacobs Creek, at our local store.  In fact, that was the only bottle of wine I could find with that grape included.  So I grabbed a couple of bottles and put them […]

Sémillon – A Great Grape For Dessert Wines


Sémillon is a golden skinned grape used to make dessert wines in both Australia and France.  Sémillon is the major white grape in Bordeaux, Graves, and Sauternes, France.  In Bordeaux, France Sémillon is frequently blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscatdelle.  The most famous and expensive wines that are made from Sémillon come from Sauternes and […]

Semillon Synonyms


Writing a blog post generally leads me to obscure tidbits of knowledge — usually not the knowledge that I was originally looking for. That ’s how researching the use of semillon in French wines — Sauternes, Bergerac, Loupiac, blah, blah, blah — got me plunged into the fascinating world of wine variety synonyms.
The French language […]

Semillon - A World Overview


Semillon can be a rather over-looked grape that makes some truly outstanding wines all on it’s own.
It is most prominently grown in the Graves region of Bordeaux, France where it is commonly blended with Sauvignon Blanc to make dry white wines. Semillon is the grape that makes up about 80% of the blend in the […]

Welcome to Great Grape Day VI - Semillon


It is Semillon all the way today in Wine Sediments’ sixth Great Grape Day. The intention is not to provide comprehensive coverage of all things Semillon, but rather for our happy band of writers to provide interesting snippets on a unified theme.
As with our last Great Grape Day, which covered Sangiovese, you won’t find details […]

Book Review: Educating Peter


Lettie Teague is the wine editor of Food and Wine magazine, a James Beard Distinguished Writer Award winner and a monthly columnist for Wine Matters magazine. In her new book, Educating Peter, she is also a consummate guide to all things wine related for Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers; described as a ‘complete wine […]

The WSET Diploma and fortifieds


Relief! I’ve passed the first of the exams for my WSET Diploma, this being the one on wine production.
I was concerned that I hadn’t read widely enough although I had put in enough hours, 80 compared to the WSET guidance of 60. There were some sections of the Oxford Companion especially on rootstocks and diseases […]

Biodynamic Wines


Biodynamics is part of the work of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist and philosopher. Biodynamics as a science deals with an approach to farming that goes beyond organic farming. Organic farming is an approach, as many of us are aware, that uses approaches such as not using chemicals in the farming process. Biodynamics goes further […]

New: Champagne Gosset Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut


Champagne Gosset has released the latest addition to its Celebris range – a Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut.  
To produce Cuvée Celebris Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, the cellar master Jean-Pierre Mareigner has chosen the Chardonnay from four vintages, 11 crus and used only the ‘finest methods of vinification’.  True to the character of Champagne Gosset, […]

I don’t know that I’d drink that…


So, if you’re like me, when you hear ‘Sutter Home‘, you think of your parents, you think of boxes of Franzia, you think of your high school classmates drinking bottles of Boone’s Farm “wine” (where wine is definitely used in the loosest of terms).
The little two dollar Sutter Home mini’s in my local grocery store […]