My Own French Wine Reviews - 2009

While I feel fine showcasing other people's wine articles, I'd like to give you the chance to read some of my own...

Every author feels that she or he is unique. I haven't seen a series of articles quite like mine. I love French wine and food and I am writing a series tasting French wines and foods. I hope you'll join me on this journey. You may even find some bargains, I have. I am adding articles on a regular basis. Be sure to visit my other wine review series.

An Organic Alsatian Wine

" ...If you are a real hardliner you won't drink wines that are not fully certified as organic. But other fans of organic wine will... "

I Love Organic Wine - An Alsatian Sylvaner

A White Châteauneuf-du-Pape

" ...And live a bit like those French Popes almost seven hundred years ago. "

A White Châteauneuf-du-Pape

A Rosé From Provence

" ...The rosé tasted of light cherries. It was softly acidic and nicely long. The word feathery popped up again. I had ... "

A Rosé From Provence

A Mediterranean White Wine Under $10

" ...This fantastic region is not particularly well known for fine wines. Many... "

A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - A Mediterranean White Wine

A White Sancerre

" ...The wine tasted like a Chablis, full of lemon and steel with some herbal notes. When I tried it with... "

A White Sancerre

A Red Sancerre

" ...In the Loire, red wines require a warm, consistent growing season to obtain ripeness. In 2003, with the European-wide heatwave,... "

A Red Sancerre

A White Côte de Beaune

" ...The complex set of aromas includes apricot, lemon zest, pear, mineral, oak, and a hint of butter. This dry, youthful wine is good now and .... "

A White Côte de Beaune

An Alsatian Wine Under $10

" Over the years I have enjoyed and reviewed many wines from Alsace, France with their distinctively shaped bottles and sometimes, but not always, their distinctive taste. This is the first time... "

A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - An Alsatian (France) Sylvaner

A Rhone Valley Rosé

" ...Tavel produces some of the richest, yet driest rosés on the market. They work beautifully as a sipper and are quite adaptable to a variety of foods such as .... "

A Rhone Valley Rosé

A French Muscadet Under $10

" ...Muscadet is a classic fish and seafood wine, so we are going to try some nontraditional pairings... "

A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - A Loire Valley (France) Muscadet

A Loire Valley Bourgueil

" ...The wines of the domaine are characterized by body, cleanness, charm, and in a great vintage, by aristocracy. And now for my review.... "

A Loire Valley Bourgueil

A French New Wine Under 10$

" ...After reviewing tow Gamay-based Beaujolais Nouveau wines we finish out 2008 new wine series with an offering from the Languedoc region of southwestern France... "

A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - A French Syrah Primeur (New Wine)

A 2008 Beaujolais Villages Nouveau

" ...During the coming year, consumers all over the world are expected to buy several million bottles... "

A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - A 2008 Beaujolais Villages Nouveau

A 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau

" This article treats one of the world's most successful marketing campaigns - the French red wine that arrives just in time for Thanksgiving, Beaujolais Nouveau... "

A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - A 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau

A Southwestern Red Blend

" ...Parts of this region neighbor Bordeaux so don’t be surprised if some of the wines are quite good, and yet more moderately priced than many of its world-famous neighbor’s offerings. "

A Southwestern Red Blend

A Burgundy Chablis

" ...The wine was very refreshing with plenty of lime and acidity, strong and yet subtle. This combination was classic and the wine emerged slightly different with each..."

A Burgundy Chablis

A Saumur (Loire Valley) White

" Saumur is a city of about thirty-five thousand inhabitants where the Loire and the Thouet Rivers meet in the Anjou and Saumur zone of the Loire Valley, east of the Nantes and west of Tours. It is a bourgeois city proud of... "

A Saumur (Loire Valley) White

A Rhone Valley Crozes-Hermitage

" I know how much this wine likes beef and veal, so I decided to try it with barbecued chicken marinated in a commercial Mediterranean-style light sauce. The wine was careful... "

A Rhone Valley Crozes-Hermitage

A Touraine (Loire Valley) White

" ...The story has it that the Emperor wanted to divert the Loire River to create a moat but wiser heads prevailed and he had to be satisfied with diverting the Cosson River. When he came to visit it took twelve thousand horses... "

A Touraine (Loire Valley) White

A Provence Bandol

" ...I am getting an image: people sitting around a campfire devouring raw or scarcely cooked bear meat – I have no idea what bear meat tastes like but I know this Bandol... "

A Provence Bandol

A Burgundy Aligoté

" ...This little hilltop village seems to come straight out of the Middle Ages, except for the tourists who have recently discovered it. Its focal point is the Château (Castle) built in 1132 and occupied by the same family for nine generations until 1456 when Cathrine of Châteauneuf was burnt to death; it is said that she... "

A Burgundy Aligoté

A Bordeaux Rosé

" My first pairing was with home made barbecued chicken accompanied by rice, grilled Portabello mushrooms, and grilled red peppers. It was quite substantial for a rosé. However... "

A Bordeaux Rosé

An Alsace Riesling

" The next shot was a commercially barbecued chicken leg (of course not as tasty as my own barbecued chicken) with its skin in a paprika sauce accompanied by, Turkish salad, and Greek olives. I started by sipping the wine alone, as I was afraid that I might have lost the bottle because the wine sat in the fridge for quite some time... "

An Alsace Riesling

A Midi Syrah

" Among the eleven wine-growing regions of France, Languedoc-Roussillon ranks fourth in total vineyard acreage. This area, which includes the Midi, (the home of the wine reviewed below) was traditionally known for producing ton after ton of mediocre table wine called vin ordinaire. But times change and in spite of global warming... "

A Midi Syrah

A Languedoc-Roussillon Pinot Noir

" ...You may recall from the initial article in this series (I Love French Wine and Food – Launching a Series) that Vin de Pays is a relatively recent French classification for wines of promise that for one reason or another don’t meet the stricter requirements of the presumably better classifications. Even though almost one third of French wine is classified as Vin de Pays we don’t get too many of them here. I smelled a potential bargain. "

A Languedoc-Roussillon Pinot Noir

A Midi Merlot

" My first meal was take out. It consisted of chicken breast with the skin on, potato salad, and a somewhat spicy tomato, red pepper, and garlic salad. No, I didn’t buy this last salad in the Midi... You know the old story about not getting a second chance to make a first impression... "

A Midi Merlot

An Alsace Pinot Blanc

" I usually don’t go with a non-imported cheese when tasting wines. However, I am making an exception for a Canadian Asiago cheese that our local supermarket almost never carries. This cheese is perhaps the best that I have tasted in a long time; in my opinion it clearly surpasses its Italian Asiago cousin. When a cheese is that good, I am quite anxious to try it with wine. The result... "

An Alsace Pinot Blanc

A Midi Viognier

" The Viognier grape was on the edge of extinction about forty years ago. At that time it was restricted to France with a grand total of about 35 acres. Times have changed and this grape is now grown in... "

A Midi Viognier

A Bordeaux Merlot

" ... but the wine reviewed below is very affordable. Interestingly enough, its noble cousin, Chateau Petrus, crafted by the same producer with the same grape in the same area holds no prestigious classification. However, Chateau Petrus is definitely world class and comes with a price to match, if the wine merchant will even look at your money. "

A Bordeaux Merlot

A Red Côtes du Rhône

" My first meal consisted of rib steak and fried potatoes. The steak was marinated in a homemade ketchup and horseradish mustard sauce. By accident too much mustard fell into the sauce, but I didn’t want to throw it out and start over again... "

A Red Côtes du Rhône

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