Category: Wine 101

Bordeaux Overview

Alright cool kids, here we go, diving right into France‘s most popular region—Bordeaux. If you’ve not read my generic France Overview, definitely do. I cover a few key terms that will be important to know going forward.

Here we’re going to cover a lot of information as it pertains to Bordeaux as a whole. Separately, we’ll dive into the Left and Right Banks and take a look at the specific AOCs, crus, wine styles etc.

France Bordeaux Overview; Fernando Beteta
France Bordeaux Overview; Fernando Beteta

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Taste and Learn: Wines of New Zealand

It’s the Biz: New Zealand Wine Business

As I’m writing this, my D2 Wine Business exam looms. Most likely, by the time this goes live, I’ll have already sat the exam and be blissfully ignorant of the results. That being said, because of my D2 studiesam noticing more and more places where the material pops up in my D3 Wines of the World studies.

Wild Irishman Wines First Commercial Release; Central Otago, New Zealand
Wild Irishman Wines First Commercial Release; Central Otago, New Zealand

So, let’s take a look at how wine law, regulations, organizations, sales and marketing all take shape on the islands of New Zealand…

Before jumping in here, please take a look at the New Zealand Overview, North Island, and South Island articles first. 

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New Zealand South Island

Welcome to New Zealand‘s South Island. If you haven’t yet read the New Zealand overview, or made a stop in the North Island yet, please do before moving on.

New Zealand South Island wine regions; Google Earth image
New Zealand South Island wine regions; Google Earth image

The South Island has significantly more terroir to cover, so strap in and enjoy the ride.

A note about the maps: I realize they are quite small, but good news—they’re active links. Click on a map and it will take you to the Google Earth page for a zoomed-in experience. Enjoy!

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