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Let’s put the Oh! in Organic! And Rousanne! And Marsanne..err.. o.


Ok, two out of three ain’t that bad. Unless, of course, you’re counting failures and not successes. In which case, you’re pretty bad.
But that’s a bit tangential, which, I’m sure, if you’ve read me before, you know is par for the course.
And, if you’ve read me before, you know my hatred for white wines, a […]

A Roussanne Blend - Château Val Joanis


For a merchant marketed as a French specialist the range in my local Nicolas was very disappointing. It’s an ex-Oddbins branch converted earlier this year. Comparing the range stocked between the two (they both have the same parent company) couldn’t been more marked. Oddbins has hundreds of wines; now the shelves seem very sparse.
Just a few wines […]

Roussanne Blends From Paso Robles


When this month’s Great Grape was declared as Roussanne and Marsanne, I knew I would have a small sample to choose from.  These 2 grapes originate from the Rhône Valley in France.  Neither grape is particulaly easy for winemakers to grow and use in making wine.  Both are usually blended with each other or other […]

Welcome To Great Grape Day!


As summer is heavily upon us, and seeing those high 80 degree temperatures upon us every day, it was a pleasure seeking out our Great Grape Day wine this month.  Roussanne & Marsanne Grapes are on our plate this month and spending time in the nice cool air conditioned wine store on my adventure was […]

Great Grape Day IX


For this edition of Great Grape Day we are delving into the delights of the those two obscure Rhone varieties Roussanne and Marsanne. The two are - and this is a generality - blended together in the Rhone but from the New World they can appear as single varieties. What will the Wine Sediments team discover?

The […]

New Standards for British Columbia’s Wine Industry


Although there’s been little fanfare, British Columbia’s wine industry has a new set of standards and regulations. Thanks to a provincial law passed on July 18, 2007, and named the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation, these new standards come under the umbrella of the BC Wine Authority (BCWA) which will implement the newly enacted regulations […]

Wine Tasting Debauchery…A growing trend?


Just saying the words ‘Wine Tasting’ conjure up images of quiet serenity; sedate folks swirling rhythmically, seeking out color nuances and aromas and lifting crystal glasses to their lips to procure a small sip that is contemplated thoroughly before either spitting or swallowing.
This is how it should be, and at most wine tastings I have been […]

Wine…Waiting On A Friend


In our busy world, it seems we spend a portion of our lives waiting.  You know, waiting on buses, trains or cabs to head to work, waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting at your favorite place, the dentist or doctor. 
Those really are not necessarily the most fun places to be waiting.  I […]

Forchini’s 2004 Zinfandel Proprietor’s Reserve: A Zin-fully Delicious Treat


Frank’s back from his road trip and it was an undisputed success. In fact, he’s still raving about the wineries, the people, and the climate. Now I just need to get him to apply fingers to keyboard… not that I’m hinting you understand.
Meanwhile, though, there’s one story that already has a sequel, hopefully the first […]

Chenin Blanc from South Africa


With wine popularity growing exponentially these days, folks are starting to experiment with different wines and wine regions.  I am going to suggest that you give Chenin Blanc from South Africa a try.  I am sure you will be delighted.  Did you know that South Africa is the 9th largest producer of wine in the […]