Apr 27th, 2016 Regions Von Vino 4 min read

Châteauneuf-du-Pape (shah-toe-nuff doo pahp) is the southernmost major appellation of the Southern Rhône wine region in France. Producing high-quality, mostly rich, full-bodied red wines with common characteristics of fresh cherries, strawberries, raspberries, pepper, and spice, it instantly became one of my favorites after my first time having had one. They can be juicy, robust, and succulent when young, and take on a more silky texture when…

1976 Paris Wine Tasting: The Judgment of Paris

Mar 18th, 2016 History, Regions Von Vino 6 min read

The 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, also known as the Judgment of Paris, was a wine competition that took place on May 24, 1976 in Paris, France. The competition was organized by British wine merchant, Steven Spurrier, to see how California wines would prove against French wines made from the same types of grapes. The French long had been considered the wine industry’s top dog. Spurrier,…

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