Every wine appellation in France has a cahier des charges, a set of regulations that delineates the production zone and specifies viticultural practices and production standards.
In many instances, a single cahier des charges references one zone of production and multiple wine styles within it (e.g. Lirac red, white, and rosé; Rasteau dry red, plus red, white and rosé Vins Doux Naturels). Some single cahiers also incorporate complementary geographic denominations or dénominations géographiques complémentaires (DGCs) such as Languedoc Montpeyroux or Bourgogne Hautes Côte de Nuits. Other times, very different wines can be grouped under one single cahier as is the case for Beaujolais, Beaujolais Supérieur, Beaujolais + Named Commune, and Beaujolais-Villages.
Bourgogne has applied some new math to count its AOCs. They have shed their claim to 100 AOCs and reorganized their appellations to fit within a count of 84.
Our continuing education program welcomes Mary Gorman, MW, for a webinar delving into the new EU wine laws...
IGP and AOP - The new EU wine classification system. What has really changed and what does it mean for the consumer and for wine educators? The session aims to explain the changes, what they mean and how they translate in the wine regions of France.
Mary Gorman-McAdams is a Master of Wine. She is also the recipient of the 2011 Errazuriz Award for the Outstanding Business of Wine Paper in the MW exams.
She also holds the WSET Diploma from the Wine & spirits Education Trust, London.
Mary is a WSET Educator at the International Wine Center, New York City, wine columnist for the highly popular blog and website www.thekitchn.com, freelance wine writer and wine judge. She is on the tasting panel of Vitis.com, a popular wine daily deal site. She has also been a tasting panelist for Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits Magazines.
Prior to her life in wine, Mary held various senior international marketing positions in Ireland and France and lectured in International Marketing Strategy at University College Dublin Graduate Business School. Mary has a BA (Honors) in Languages and International Marketing from Dublin City University and an MBS (First Class Honors) from the University College Dublin (UCD) Graduate School of Business.