Per Karlsson

A grand chateau in the Medoc

A quick 101 on French wine regions

France is not like Italy, where vines grow in every region. But France is not far behind. In fact, there are more vineyards in France than in Italy. France has 794 000 hectares of vineyards,

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Ripe merlot on the vines in the vineyard in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

Merlot – a grape variety profile

Another article in our grape variety series: Merlot is something of a chameleon. All grapes are, of course, in one way or another. But sometimes it’s more noticeable, as with merlot. Château Petrus, 95% merlot,

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Ripe syrah in the vineyard at Unison Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Learn the taste of syrah

France and Australia are the two major countries producing syrah (or shiraz). But the grape is grown in many countries around the world. Does the character change depending on where the grapes grow? Absolutely. Compare

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