Tag Archives: AOC Languedoc Wines

Subsidizing French vineyards for the future

Last week I profiled Marion Pla, winemaker of Domaine Marion Pla in the Languedoc in southern France.  She had told me about wanting to make white wine and having to buy new land that already had white wine grapes growing … Continue reading

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Grandma knows best, and other tales of a family winery

  In February, I attended back-to-back wine shows in Lisbon, Portugal, and Montpellier, France.  I met a lot of winemakers and winery reps and tasted plenty of good wine.  I’ll probably end up buying from a few of them.  I … Continue reading

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Trick yourself into drinking less wine?

In Tuesday’s Washington Post, reporter Nancy Szokan recounted some weight-loss tips she found in Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life, a new book by Brian Wansink. Unfortunately for First Vine, drinking less wine is part of it. … Continue reading

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A family history in paper and stone — and now, wine

Making wine is often a family business.  For a lot of First Vine’s producers, the vineyards and wineries have been in the family for a century or more.   And something about growing up growing grapes and making wine seems to … Continue reading

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Just put a lid on it!

It’s easy to imagine that the first wine was made by accident.  Bunches of grapes were put in some sort of open vessel for storage and the weight of the grapes crushed some of the ones on the bottom.  The … Continue reading

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A case where “higher-quality” wine isn’t necessarily better wine

In my last post, I promised I’d write about the AOC wines from the Languedoc, which I tasted in April as part of a group invited by the wine producers of the region.   While I enjoyed many of them, and … Continue reading

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A Refresher Course in Why I Like Wine So Much

Reading this blog, it doesn’t take long to figure out that I’m fascinated by a lot of aspects of wine.  Scientific issues for sure, and of course the interactions of food and wine.  But I also enjoy some of what … Continue reading

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