When it comes to a wine to celebrate a special occasion, little comes close to Champagne. For me, however, Champagne doesn’t have to be simply reserved for times when a celebration is on the cards. If money was no object, I’d be drinking Champagne (by which I, of course, mean sparkling wines from the region of Champagne, France) every day.champagnefrench winesparkling
Given my last post was all about the Northern Rhône, it makes sense that the next wine tasted comes from there. I’ve mentioned before that Yves Cuilleron can do no wrong, and this wine is certainly one of my favourites.
Tasted from a magnum, for transparency’s sake.côte rôtiefrench winenorthern rhône
If Burgundy was where I first fell in love with French wines, then the Rhône Valley, specifically the Northern Rhône was where that love was cemented. Having been brought up on Shiraz, and Hunter Shiraz very early on, these Syrah wines were the wines that showed me what the grape was capable of.
Forget, especially if you’re Australian, what you think you know about Shiraz. Because Kansas is going bye-bye.french winenorthern rhôneunderstanding winewine labelswine laws