Tag: Mourvedre

Old World Rhone Valley Grapes in the New World – 3 Examples

Cono Sur Bicicleta Reserva Viognier 2020, Stag's Hollow Winery Syrah 2020, and Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2020 wines

Can you name the native grapes of the Rhone Valley?  There are the north and south ends of the valley and different varieties.  The main varieties of the north end are Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. The northern Rhone is…

Gerard Bertrand Orange Gold 2020 and An 806 AOP Corbieres 2017 Finesse in a Glass

Gerard Bertrand Orange Gold 2020 and An 806 AOP Corbieres 2017

I have two interesting finesse wines from Gerard Bertrand from the sunny south of France.  Gerard Bertrand’s Orange Gold 2020 is an organic wine made with a blend of Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Mauzac, Muscat, and Clairette with skin…

My Interview with Michel Gassier from Domaine Gassier

Karl MyWinePal with Michel Gassier interview

Many of us are familiar with the wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone Valley, but there are many sub-regions, which have their own Appellation d’origine Contrôlée (AOC) that produce quality wines at reasonable prices.  Many of the…

Have You Tried Domaine Gassier Lou Coucardié Red 2012 from AOC Costieres de Nimes?

Domaine Gassier Lou Coucardié Red 2012

Today I have a bottle of Lou Coucardié Red 2012 from the well-known winemaker, Monsieur Michel Gassier from AOC Costieres de Nimes in the south of France, part of the Rhone Valley. This red wine is a blend of 49%…

Gérard Bertrand and Two Biodynamic GSM Blends

Gérard Bertrand Terroir Corbieres and Gran Terroir Les Aspres 2017

Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre blends (GSM) are full-bodied, full of flavour, and please people that enjoy big, hearty red wines. This blend of grapes also makes the famous red Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines. I have two GSM wines from Gérard Bertrand from the…

The Languedoc and Gérard Bertrand’s Terroir St Chinian

Gérard Bertrand Terroir St Chinian, 2016

If you attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020, you may have had the opportunity to meet Gérard Bertrand and taste his wines from the Languedoc region. I was lucky to also attend his Masterclass where he went in-depth into the…

A Chilean Tribute to the Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vina Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and Vinedos Emiliana Organic Vineyards COYAM 2018

Although we cannot celebrate the Vancouver International Wine Festival together this year, I have some wines from Chile and Argentina that I would like to taste and share my tasting notes with you. This year the theme region was South…

The Languedoc Masterclass with Gérard Bertrand at VanWineFest 2020

Languedoc Masterclass with Gérard Bertrand booklet

My first Masterclass at the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 was about the wines from the Languedoc region produced by Gérard Bertrand and moderated by Anthony Gismondi.  Gérard Bertrand is the ambassador of the fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the…