Category Archives: Rhône

Wine Blogging Wednesday 71: Edmunds St. John 2009 Wylie Syrah, El Dorado County

Wine Blogging Wednesday has often been very good at getting participants to think outside the wine box. This 71st edition, presided over by Tim Elliott of Winecast, calls upon us to go inside and out: outside the Rhône – geographically – but with Rhône grapes. That, needless to say, leaves many possibilities. Syrah, grenache, viognier, mourvèdre, carignan, [...]
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Tasting Note : 1996 Cornas, Paul Jaboulet Aîné

I’ve long had a particular liking for the wines of Cornas, this supposedly toughest, most masculine appellation in the Rhône. I’ve always had a few bottles in my cellar, and was appalled when a scare over some of the oldest vineyards shook the region two years ago. One of the first Cornas I cellared, shortly after [...]
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Wine Blogging Wednesday #46: The Whiter Side of Rhône

White wines are certainly the neglected side of the Rhône vineyards. The reputation of the whites is greatly overshadowed by that of reds like Cornas, Côte-Rôtie or Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It might just be a question of math, mind you: according to official statistics, red wine represents 86% of total Rhône wine production. White is only 5%, a [...]
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A Christmas gift for Cornas

There must be a lot of cheer in the Cornas vineyards, these days. Especially around Les Mazards, one of the top sites in the appellation, where an urbanization project had been planned, much to the vignerons’ dismay. I received an e-mail, yesterday, from the Association Cornas les coteaux d’abord, proudly announcing that the special commissioner who [...]
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More news from Cornas

Here’s a short follow up on my two previous posts (here’s the first one, and here is the second one) regarding the Cornas municipality’s plan to develop the Les Mazards vineyards by ripping up 100-year-old vines and setting up buildings instead. According to recent communications received from the Association Cornas les coteaux d’abord (Cornas vineyards [...]
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