Winemaking is a complex process involving various factors influencing the taste, aroma, and structure of the final product. Many elements contribute to those factors, one of them is the use of oak.  Oak barrels are commonly used in winemaking to impart unique flavors and enhance the aging process. In this article, you’ll discover more about this aging process. The Birth of Oak-Aged Wines This aging practice has been around for centuries. Originally Romans used oak-barrels as storage and transportation for wine. They then realized that oak barrels imparted new qualities to the wine. Thanks to the contact of wood, the wine became softer and smoother, and some of them were even

In France, ‘Les Vendanges’ is the annual grape harvest, a centuries-old tradition deeply rooted in the country's rich viticultural heritage. It is a significant event that takes place between August and October every year, as staff, seasonal workers and volunteers from all over the world come together to pick the grapes that have been nurtured with great care and attention over the preceding months.When are the grapes harvested Although Les Vendanges is a term used for the grape harvest across France, the timing as to when each winery harvests their grapes is the result of lots of consideration and discussion among the vineyard managers, the winemakers, and perhaps external

Did you know that listening to classical music can make wine taste better? It’s well-known that tasting and appreciating wine involves the senses of taste, plus smell and sight, but researchers and anecdotal reports suggest that what you’re listening to also makes a difference as to your perception of what wine tastes like.Tasting wine involves more senses than taste alone Tasting wine firstly involves looking at the wine; is this the medium yellow of a Semillon wine, or the rich deep yellow hue of a sweet Sauterne? A Bordeaux wine that’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes might be more of an intense deep ruby red than

France is hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the sport’s greatest spectacle, with several matches being played in Bordeaux. Teams from Romania and Fiji will have base camps near Bordeaux, in Libourne and Lormont, and several other teams will also be playing here: Chile, Georgia, Ireland, Samoa, South Africa, and Wales.We’re looking forward to welcoming rugby lovers and other visitors from around the world in September, to experience the best of French culture and hospitality. In between matches, there’s lots to see and do in Bordeaux and beyond, from beautiful architecture, to classic and contemporary cuisine, to riverboat cruises, to sampling some of the countless wonderful wines during

Have you heard of ‘first wines’ and ‘second wines’ (and even third or more wines)? If you haven’t heard of them before and want to find out what it’s all about, read on. First Wines Wine producers in Bordeaux, especially those classified under the 1855 Official Classification of Bordeaux Wines, invest considerable resources, exceptional care, knowledge and skill to make their Grand Cru Classé [Château Name], which is sometimes known as their ‘first wine.’ In short, first wines are made from the very best grapes, harvested when perfectly ripe, from the very best vines, from the very best parcels of land in the vineyard. Grapes harvested from parcels of the best terroir

As the warm summer breeze sweeps over, it's the perfect time to explore the exquisite Bordeaux wines and their ideal food pairings. Bordeaux, renowned for its exceptional vineyards and diverse appellations, offers a delightful range of wines that beautifully complement summer dishes. In this article, we present four Bordeaux appellation wine and food pairings for a memorable summer feast. From starters to desserts, we have you covered! Starter: Château Carbonnieux Blanc (Pessac-Léognan) with Goat Cheese Salad Kickstart your summer feast with a refreshing starter of a Goat Cheese Salad paired with a crisp and vibrant Château Carbonnieux Blanc from the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The wine's elegant blend of Sauvignon Blanc and

You open a bottle, you pour the wine, you raise the glass, you taste it. Simple, right? There’s actually a bit more to it than that. To get the most out of tasting wine, if you take a more methodical approach, you can better describe and appreciate each wine’s unique qualities. The three main aspects to consider are: appearance, nose and palate.AppearanceThe main characteristic is color, but it’s not just red, white or rosé. Grape varieties have different color characteristics, varying in intensity and hue (color shade). For example, white wines range from pale straw yellow, through to the rich deep yellow, gold color of a sweet Sauternes,

World Environment Day, celebrated every year on June 5th, is a global event dedicated to raising awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Established in 1973 by the United Nations, it has grown into a significant platform where individuals, communities, organizations, and governments come together to discuss and promote environmental sustainability. The day highlights critical issues such as ocean pollution, overpopulation, global warming, and biodiversity conservation. Bordeaux with Elodie places a strong emphasis on environmental challenges. In this article, you'll discover what World Environment Day is and discover a vegan wine alternative. How Did It Start and Why Is It Important? The origins of World Environment Day trace

It would be natural to assume that all wines are vegan because they’re produced from grapes. Don’t be so certain. In this article, you’ll be discovering why all wines aren’t vegan.  Before bottling, they’re pressed into juice; that juice also contains seeds, yeast and skins from the fruit that can work their way into the wine bottle and lead to sediments, making the wine appear hazy. Since most wine enthusiasts like their glasses clear of any sediments, the winemaker has to “clarify” the wine.  What Happens During Fining ? Winemakers use fining agents; the fining agent acts like a magnet, it  attracts the sediments left in the juice after the final

With the warm summer breeze approaching, it's time to explore Bordeaux wines and their ideal springtime matches. Bordeaux has exceptional vineyards and diverse appellations, offering wines that perfectly complement spring dishes. Here are four Bordeaux appellation wine and food pairings to make your spring feast memorable. Starter : Spring Pea and feta dip paired with a Crémant de Bordeaux  This delightful starter presents a refreshing, zesty, and spring-inspired dip that's a breeze to whip up. Ideal for soaking up the sun with a glass of Crément de Bordeaux in hand, this pea and feta dip embodies the essence of effortless springtime cuisine. Let's make this easy peasy! We're talking about a

Since the 18th century, the flourishing trade between Bordeaux and the British Isles and Irish families have played a part in the prestige of the Bordeaux vineyards. On the occasion of Saint Patrick's Day, we’ll be introducing in this article, three estates that have been founded or are currently owned by Irish families. Phélan Ségur The origins and the name of this estate in the Saint-Estèphe appellation trace back to the late 18th century. Bernard O’Phelan, a young wine merchant from central Ireland, was among the many Britons settling in Bordeaux for business. There, he met and married the daughter of Daniel Guestier, a famous merchant. With his expertise and

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