A Visit to Clos Triguedina

When you arrive for a visit at Clos Triguedina, one of the first things you will likely say is “I would like to taste something.” It is a sentiment that has been expressed there countless times over many centuries. Cahors and Clos Triguedina are located along the Pilgrimage Route of Santiago de Compostela. In the […]

Cahors Crash Course Part 1: History

To say that Cahors Malbec has been the wine of kings, popes and tsars is not an understatement. From the Middle Ages onward the “black wine of Cahors” was enjoyed by such notable figures as Henry II of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Francis I, Peter the Great of Russia and Pope John XXII (who […]

Spotlight on Alsace

Sparkling, dry or sweet, there’s a wine from Alsace to match your taste. Alsace is located in the northeast of France near the border with Germany. To find it on a map, look for Paris, then move your finger east, through Champagne. Like Champagne, Alsace produces sparkling wine using the traditional method, called Crémant d’Alsace. […]

Five Rosé Wines to Enjoy this Summer

The summer of rosé is in full swing! It’s an international love affair, with rosé wine being made around the world from a variety of different grapes. Try one of these AG picks tonight: Cune Rosado Rioja 2013 Rioja Alta, Spain From CVNE (pronounced Coo-nay), a family owned and operated winery founded in 1879 in […]

From the Archives: How Barrels are Made

Originally posted on August 29, 2011 A Tour Inside Vicard Cooperage Oak barrels play an important role in the production of wine and eau de vie. Go inside Vicard Cooperage in Cognac, France for a look at how barrels are made. The process of making a barrel starts with the oak tree. Seventy five percent […]

From the Archives: A Guide To Gordes

Originally posted on October 1, 2010 Photographs are only able to capture a portion of Gordes’ beauty. There really isn’t anything quite like the first time you drive up the narrow winding road and then — through a break in the trees — get your first glimpse of the perched village. It’s no surprise that […]

Provence Rosé Continues to Impress

By Maxine Howard Two years after a grand tasting of Provençal rosés prompted me to write “Rethink Rosé,” apparently many Americans have done just that. In 2013, U.S. imports of rosé wines from Provence increased by 40% over the previous year. Not only are we drinking more rosés from France, but we are also discovering […]

Clos Cibonne Tibouren 2012

One New Year’s resolution that will be easy to keep is a resolution to try new grapes – and new and less familiar grapes are what we love to share at the Amateur Gastronomer. For our first wine article of 2014 the AG would like to introduce you to Tibouren – the 2012 Clos Cibonne […]