Mauzac? SW France’s Domaine du Moulin Features Unusual Grape in Sustainable Methode Ancestrale Sparkling Wine #Winophiles  

Mauzac? No it’s not a typo for Muzak and no surprise that it’s an unfamiliar grape for most people! Mauzac is a rather rare grape–only 8k acres in 2000 grown in southwestern France, especially Gaillac and Limoux. It is also one of the lesser known of the seven white grapes permitted in Bordeaux, overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc and semillon. Mauzac offers Continue reading

Eight at the Gate: Sustainable Chardonnay Harvest In Wrattonbully, So Australia #WorldWineTravel

Eight at the Gate

Harvest in the southern hemisphere is in full swing, and Jane Richards at Eight at he Gate in Southern Australia reports that all of the Pinot Gris and Chardonnay is in, and even with some big rain events, fruit was clean and quality very high. Continue reading

Champalou Fille’s 2020 Vouvray with French Favorites #Winophiles

Back in the day, you had to be widowed to make wine in France. Today, however, more and more women are taking over the family business — like Alice Paillard  now or in the past, Madam Roederer, both in Champagne. 

For Women’s History Month, I am hosting the French Winophiles as we discover and share France’s Women in Wine. Below you’ll find links to our articles (invite here). Here on Wine Predator, we feature a young woman in the Loire who is taking over winemaking duties from her parents. In Vouvray, home to Chenin Blanc aka Pineau de la Loire, Catherine (12 generations in wine)  and Didier (6 generations in wine)  Continue reading

Femme Fatales? Widows are We: Organic Louis Roederer and Camembert #Winophiles

The yellow label of the high end Champagne is familiar to most, as is the name: Veuve Clicquot, which means the Widow Clicquot. There are many widows who have become famous in Champagne: in addition to Clicquot, Bollinger and Pommery are well known, plus Roederer.

Why? Why all the widows?

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La Maliosa Saturnia Biodynamic Natural Wine: Red, White Native Grapes Paired with Pizza #ItalianFWT

La Maliosa: organic, natural wines

On her 160 hectare farm in the Maremman Hills in southwestern Tuscany, Fattoria La Maliosa’s owner Antonella Manuli makes natural wine using indigenous grapes that have been certified organic and biodynamic since 2010.  She also holds the patent for the Metodo Corino, a regenerative agricultural method which, while similar to biodynamics, uses no animal products. 

What exactly does all that mean? What’s the difference between wine that is organic, natural, biodynamic, or not? This is the question Italian Food Wine Travel group of writers is exploring this March with host Katarina Andersson.

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It’s Loveuary! Romance from France: Fun Fondue, EZ Coq a Vin with Biodynamic Alsace and Saint Cosme Rhone Wines #Winophiles

france for romance

Did you know that February is Loveuary? Yes, according to Hallmark, but between Galentine’s and Valentine’s, President’s Day, Super Bowl, and the Lunar New Year, we’re here for all the ways to warm up the winter with fun times, romance, fine wine and dining! Especially if it means celebrating February with romance from France as suggested by Winophiles host Wendy Klik!  For Loveuary 2022, we have a cheese fondue with crusty bread and veggies paired with two wines from Alsace and the easiest but still fancy coq a vin paired with two Rhone wines, and, for the grand finale, strawberries and banana dipped in gooey organic dark chocolate melted with cream. And no I am not going to saying anything more about “coq a vin” which simply translates to “cock in wine.” But yeah– the menu is all about… that!  Continue reading

We Say “Kiwa’nan” to Kitá Wines with 3 Blends by Tara Gomez Paired with Soul Food #WinePW #BHM

Kita blends by Tara Gomez

When the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians invested in Kitá Wines, they became the very first Native American tribe to have a Native American winemaker, vineyard and winemaking operation run solely by their own people. Winemaker Tara Gomez was there from the beginning, masterfully managing every step and blending the wines. “When we embarked on this journey in 2010, my mission from the very beginning was to approach these wines the same way I approach life: with a heart full of gratitude and a healthy appetite for adventure,” says Tara on Kita’s Facebook page. “There wasn’t a lot of discussion happening around Native American-made wines when we first started, and I am so proud to be part of the movement happening around the world as people look toward the original stewards of the land for unique and amazing wine, beer and spirits.”

Chumash Winemaker Tara Gomez

“Every step of the way I have been grateful for the opportunities provided by my tribe; both through the education and experience they have made available to me, and by being entrusted to share the story of our ancestors through wine cultivated from our ancestral land.” 

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