Steel – Stone – Wood; an Experiment in Fermentation at Weingut Andreas Schmitges

The Sixpack: Two Bottles Each of Steel, Stone, and Wood Have you ever thought about what affects the taste of the wine you drink? Have you ever considered what influence is exerted by the soils in which the vines grow? Have you pondered the changes effected in a wine by the sulphur that has been used (or not…Continue reading Steel – Stone – Wood; an Experiment in Fermentation at Weingut Andreas Schmitges

“Vigno” Old Vines Dry-Farmed Carignan 2009 – De Martino

“Vigno” Old Vines Dry-Farmed Carignan 2009, Maule Valley – De Martino De Martino Founded by Italian immigrants to Chile in 1934, the family-run estate produces a broad range of terroir-driven wines from hundreds of vine parcels spread out over all the viticultural areas of Chile. They work organically, using only native yeasts and age their…Continue reading “Vigno” Old Vines Dry-Farmed Carignan 2009 – De Martino

“Cayrol” Carignan Vielles Vignes 2014 – Domaine Lafage

“Cayrols” Carignan Vielles Vignes 2014, IGP Côtes Catalanes – Domaine Lafage Domaine Lafage is a relatively new, family-run estate covering 116 hectares in Roussillon. Traditional  Catalonian varieties like Grenache, Carignan and Muscat take centre stage, and the focus is very much on export. Wines are generally well-made and solid, and there are some excellent parcels…Continue reading “Cayrol” Carignan Vielles Vignes 2014 – Domaine Lafage

Carignan

Carignan, the blight of the south…or not? Come closer, friend…I would like to talk with you about a vilified grape known as Carignan. Or Cariñena. Carignane. Carignano. Or Samsó…well, sometimes. Sometimes Samsó is actually Cinsault (a grape probably best-known in Provence, particularly in rosés). Apparently, according to the seminal reference Wine Grapes (Harding, Robinson and…Continue reading Carignan