bordeaux

Import Selection: Chateau Larroque, 1989. Bordeaux

Unlike many Bordeaux winer­ies, Chateau Larroque is built around a bona fide chateau. A beautiful country mansion (pic­tured on the label), the property was built in the 1600’s and has been in the same family for 150 years; M.C. Ducourt proprietor. Bordeaux, the wine region is named after Bordeaux, the city. It is on the… read more »

Import Selection: Black Marlin, 1989. Black Opal

Black Marlin? I would prefer just calling it Semillon! This month’s imported white wine comes from the celebrated Hunter River Valley in Northern Australia. Gaining a reputation of late of producing wines of distinc­tion, the Hunter River Valley has a history dating back to :1824 when a young Scot by the name of James Busby… read more »

Domestic Selection: Merlot, 1987, Columbia

In 1962 home winemaking buff Professor Lloyd Woodbourne, plus a few of his similarly inclined colleagues from the University of Washington, founded what is now Washington states oldest premium winery. At that time it was called Associated Vintners (six years ago the name was changed to the cur­rent Columbia Winery). Pooling their resources they bought… read more »

Import Selection: Rioja, 1985, Federico Paternina

During the 1880’s a vine plague, the root burrowing phyl­loxera vastratrix, spawned a mass exodus of several hundred French families from Bordeaux due south 150 miles to Spain’s uninfected Ebro Valley. An unprecedented surge in Spanish wine production ensued. The Rioja vine growing region got its name from a small tributary called Rio Oja of… read more »

Burgundy vs Bordeaux

“Paul, I joined the club recently. I joined because my knowledge of import wines is zero, and I would like to learn more. How do I identify a Burgundy from a Bordeaux? The label does not always say so. Friends will hand me a glass and tell me what it is. I look at their… read more »

Garage-Style

Started by Bordeaux winemakers, the garage style movement became a movement because they were trying to stray away from the conventional wine making techniques that require long aging time. Garage-style winemakers were focusing more on developing riper fruits for immediate enjoyment.

Foudre

A foudre is a big oak barrel that is commonly used in Bordeaux.

Chateau Giscours, 1977. Margaux| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHATEAU GISCOURS. 1977 – MARGAUX by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1983 The credentials of our red wine this month carries a lot of clout. If you know Bordeaux wines, you know about Chateau Giscours. It is situ­ated in the parish of Margaux, near the village of Labarde. The famous classification of 1855 for Medoc wines,… read more »

Chateau des Tourtes, 1979. Cotes de Blaye | Vintage Wine History and Information

CHATEAU DES TOURTES. 1979 – COTES DE BLAYE by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | October 1982 The wines of Cotes de Blaye are among the lesser wines of Bordeaux, France. The region is across the Gironde river from the famous areas of Medoc and some ways downstream from others like Pomerol, and St. Emilion. Its reputation has… read more »

Shiraz, 1979. Taltarni| Vintage Wine History and Information

SHIRAZ. 1979 – TALTARNI by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | May 1983 Dominique Portet travels to Bordeaux at least once a year, and to Napa about that frequently too. It is a long way to go from Australia! But, he has many reasons to do so. His parents live in France, and his brother lives in… read more »