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    Blog

    When it comes to the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape often hogs the limelight, but there are a further eight Crus that all have something unique to offer (Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Rasteau, Cairanne, Vinsobres, Lirac and Tavel). In this webinar we'll look at the terroir of each of these lesser-known Crus in turn, giving you an idea of how their styles of wine compare, and why they taste like they do. 

    PRESENTER: MATT WALLS

    Matt Walls is a freelance wine writer and consultant based in London. He is a contributing editor at Decanter and writes regular articles for other magazines and websites such as Imbibe, Club Oenologique and timatkin.com.
    He won the Best Newcomer awards at the 2013 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards for Drink Me, his first book on wine, which has sold over 10,000 copies. 
    He publishes a popular wine blog, www.mattwalls.co.uk, for which he won International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2015.
     
    When not writing, Walls advises restaurants on wine lists, hosts tastings, judges food and wine competitions and develops wine apps. He is interested in all areas of wine, but specialises in those of the Rhône – he is Regional Chair for the Rhône at the Decanter World Wine Awards. His second book, The Wines of the Rhône, will be published by Infinite Ideas as part of their Classic Wine Library series in early 2021. 

    LEARN MORE ABOUT RHÔNE VALLEY:

    Wine Scholar Guild's Education Director Lisa Airey speaks to events in the past that have shaped some of the regions.

    Published in Blog
    Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:29

    Seasonal Wines for Valentines

    If you are planning a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration and want to impress your partner with the best possible wine for the occasion, overlook everything you think you know about wine pairing. Forget choosing a red to match the steak or a white for the flounder. Lose the Champagne with chocolate (seriously, lose that one) and ditch any dessert ideas. The key to a successful Valentine’s Day is...

    Published in Blog
    Sunday, 29 September 2019 11:19

    Wine meets food: Pairing the plate

    The best thing about studying wine is the moments that call into question every “truth” you think you know. These are the tiny lightbulbs that impel questions to be asked, that engender reflection and that ultimately serve as the springboard to a deeper understanding of wine. It is often the interaction of wine and food that delivers these teachable moments for me—when I am relaxed, not hurried, and free to ponder at will. This series of blog posts shares my memorable discoveries about what happens when wine meets food.

    This series of blog posts shares my memorable discoveries about what happens when wine meets food. Read part 1 and part 2.

    My husband and I rejected our usually healthy diets the other night to mark a happy occasion. Steak and pan-fried potatoes drizzled in warm butter were on the menu. As I was sipping…

    Published in Blog

    Just 6% of Rhône Valley wines are white, but there is huge variety of styles, from straightforward, everyday wines to some of the finest, most distinctive whites in the world.

    Though they share some grape varieties, the white wine in the Southern and Northern Rhône are very different. With some destined for the dinner table and others deliciously drinkable by themselves, there are styles to suit all tastes and plenty of value to be found at every level.

    We’ll take a close look at the varieties and appellations that make white Rhône an increasingly popular and sought-after category.

    Transcript: Top Rhône Whte Wine Producers by AOC

    Find below Matt's top white wine produce selection for the Rhône Valley, classed by appellation.

    • Côtes-du-Rhône: Domaine du Seminaire, Domaine de l’Amandine, Domaine Gramenon, Domaine de Remejeanne.
    • Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Laudun – Vignerons Laudun-Chusclan
    • Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Roaix – Domaine Pique-Basse
    • Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Sablet - Domaine de Verquière
    • Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Séguret – Domaine de l’Amauve
    • Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Valréas – Clos Bellane
    • Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Visan - Domaine La Florane
    • Cairanne - Oratoire Saint Martin, Domaine des Amadieu and Domaine Hautes Cances
    • Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Château Rayas, Clos des Papes, Domaine de Marcoux, Château de Beaucastel, Le Vieux Donjon, Domaine du Banneret
    • Vacqueyras - Domaine la Ligiere, Le Sang des Cailloux and Roucas Toumba
    • Lirac - Château de Montfaucon, Domaine des Carabiniers and Domaine Lafond Roc Epine
    • Condrieu - Andre Perret, Yves Gangloff, Remi Niero, Yves Cuilleron, Domaine Georges Vernay
    • Saint-Joseph - Domaine Gonon, Domaine Guy Farge, E Guigal, Bernard Gripa, M Chapoutier
    • Hermitage - Domaine JL Chave, M. Chapoutier, Domaine Marc Sorrel, Delas
    • Crozes-Hermitage - Domaine Aleofane, David Reynaud, Dard et Ribo
    • Saint-Péray - Remi Nodin, Domaine du Tunnel, Cave de Tain, Bernard Gripa

    Presenter: Matt Walls

    Matt Walls is a freelance wine writer and consultant based in London.

    He is a contributing editor at Decanter and writes regular articles for other magazines and websites such as Foodism, Imbibe and timatkin.com.

    He won the Best Newcomer awards at the 2013 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards for Drink Me, his first book on wine, which has sold over 10,000 copies.

    He publishes a popular wine blog, www.mattwalls.co.uk, for which he won International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2015.

    When not writing, Walls advises restaurants on wine lists, hosts tastings, judges food and wine competitions and develops wine apps.

    Matt is interested in all areas of wine, but specialises in those of the Rhône – he is Regional Chair for the Rhône at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

    Published in Rhône Valley wines

    The Rhône is France’s second largest producer of AOC wines (after Bordeaux). Its viticultural history dates back to the Romans who sculpted its terraced topography and introduced the vine.

    It is in the Rhône where east  meets west. The granite and schist of the Massif Central (west) collide with the sedimentary soils of the Alps and its foothills (east)….
    So, how well do you know the Rhône?

    Published in Blog
    Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:09

    The Grapes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Almost every wine book in print speaks of the 13 grape varieties of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but this count is not exactly accurate. If you factor in all of the color variants of those 13 grapes, you end up with 22 authorized grapes for this appellation!

    Published in Blog

    Christophe Tassan is interviewed by Decanter Magazine’s Andrew Jefford about the Rhône Valley and its wines. “I was born in the dining room, in hospitality,” Christophe tells us, which seems appropriate, as this interview took place in a San Francisco restaurant around the corner from The Battery, where he is currently the wine director.

    Published in Blog
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