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What’s Bordeaux?

Question from Siew: Now that you’ve explained what Burgundy wine is can you please explain Bordeaux? I find it just as confusing!

In a nut shell: Bordeaux is a bloody great wine region in southwest France that is famous for blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines together. Read more

What is Burgundy wine?

Question from Rob: What’s Burgundy? I know it’s a wine from France but is there more to it than that?

In a nut shell: There is a lot to know about Burgundy and it can be very daunting but like most wines it’s only as complicated as you make it.

The first thing you need to know is that it’s from the French wine region of Burgundy (or Bourgogne if you’re French). The second thing you need to know is if it’s a white wine it’s Chardonnay and if it’s red it’s Pinot Noir. It can be that simple.

Or you can delve deeper into the five regions (or districts) within Burgundy and learn about what each produces best. The other thing you should know about is the strict way wine is classified in Burgundy (ranging from good to extraordinary and everything in between). Knowing your classifications will help you pick a bottle that’ll appeal to your taste buds as well as your budget. Read more

Why LOVE Chardonnay?

Question from Anita: Why can one Chardonnay taste entirely different from the next. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it so I find myself avoiding Chardonnay all together.

In a nut shell: Chardonnays can taste widely different because of different winemaking methods and the ripeness of the grape. Read more

Wine with coq-au-vin

Question from Heath: On the menu tonight is coq-au-vin which I am making with Cabernet Sauvignon. So is that what we should drink?

In a nut shell: I’d actually make it with Pinot Noir because that’s the perfect accompanying wine. Cook with a good Pinot and drink the rest! Read more