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29 April 2016 News

The blog Grapefriend has a new post matching Games of Thones characters to Rhone wines. Guigal’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape made the list!

Below is an excerpt. Click here to see the full article!

“For the self-proclaimed “god of tits and wine, ” we’d have to go for my favorite: Chateauneuf du Pape. As I said above, thirteen grapes are legally allowed to be part of the blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Clairette, Vaccarèse, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Counoise, Muscardin, Picpoul, Picardan and Terret Noir. The three predominant grapes used are Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre (“GSM” in wine terms). They’re amazing and show off how to blend complementary grapes to produce something incredible. Just like any good kingdom.”

29 April 2016 News


Bo Barrett lands on the cover of The Somm Journal in celebration of The Judgement of Paris. Inside are two stories, the first titled The Judgement of Paris Revisited, penned by Steven Spurrier, and full of fantastic anecdotes on the tasting. (if you didn’t know it, Montelena Chardonnay was the clear winner among the whites, with 6 of 9 first place votes). Click here to read the piece.


The second piece is titled The Judgement of Paris Forty Years Later, and looks at how the event “changed wine forever”.


19 April 2016 News

Levi Dalton’s interview with Christian was just made live on I’ll Drink to – you can check it out here! There are some invaluable insights into Christian’s early involvement with the Quinta, his work in turning it around, the replanting of the Noval vineyard in the 90s, how the various Port varieties differ from one another, foot stomping in granite lagares, and the mystery of the Nacional parcel.



15 April 2016 News

The 2013 Chanson Givry gets a glowing 90-Point review in the new Wine Spectator and is featured in a two-page “Pure Pinot” spread alongside such minor Burgundies as Clos de Tart. Click here for the article!

15 April 2016 News

F Correia, a regular contributor to the Web site, “For the Love of Port,” founded by Port expert Roy Hersch, has written an exceptionally informative piece on the life and work of Antonio Agrellos, the winemaker at Quinta do Noval. Click here to read it!

15 April 2016 News

The Daily Meal features Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge on the highly visited website’s homepage in a new “Good Wine for $20 or Less” column. Wine columnist Tracy Byrnes states, “And even though this is considered an introductory wine for Guigal, one of the most famous producers in the Rhône, it certainly doesn’t taste like one. Even long-time wine drinkers will appreciate its full body and structure,” and recommends pairing the wine with party foods like hamburgers, barbecue, and nachos. Hey, why not.

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15 April 2016 News

D Magazine features Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé in a story, entitled “What To Drink Now: 20 Wines Under $20.” Wine writer Hayley Hamilton recommends the wine noting it’s “blended to create a juicy, fruit forward wine filled with strawberry, red currant and mandarin notes.” The article also features a prominent shot of the bottle.

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15 April 2016 News

In a new column (“Ask a Somm: What is the Difference Between Shiraz and Syrah”), Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas from New Zealand answers the question, “What’s the difference between shiraz and syrah?,” Douglas highlights Guigal stating, “from the Northern Rhône of France, E. Guigal is an all-round reliable producer.” He recommends Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge as one of his recommended bottles to try.

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8 April 2016 News

The current issue of Wine Enthusiast includes a delicious-sounding  Tarte Tatin (Caramelized Apple Tart) recipe. The suggested wine pairing is Domaine des Baumard’s 2011 Clos de Sainte Catherine Chenin Blanc (Coteaux du Layon). See below for the recipe and more details about the pairing!






Ingredients 6 baking apples, like Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Gala and Jonagold, peeled, quartered and cored

8 tablespoons sugar, divided

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 pâte brisée (pie dough), unbaked

Whipped cream or créme fraîche, for serving


In large bowl, sprinkle apples with 2 tablespoons sugar. Toss to coat. Let sit for at least 1 hour, draining accumulated liquid. In 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter and remaining sugar, swirling gently to evenly coat pan (don’t stir). Add apples in tight concentric circles, balancing on their edges. Fit as snugly as ­possible (reserve 1–2 quarters to cut into smaller chunks to fill gaps). Let cook, without stirring, until juices thicken, darken and smell “caramelly” without smelling burnt, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Roll dough into circle about 12 inches in diameter. Drape over apples, folding and tucking around edges to fully contain apples. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Place serving plate atop tart. Carefully turn over pan to release tart onto plate (if any apples stick, rearrange by hand). Serve warm, or at room temperature with whipped cream or créme fraîche. Serves 8.

Pair It

Domaine des Baumard 2011 Clos de Sainte Catherine Chenin Blanc (Coteaux du Layon)

Loire Valley sweet wines are the product of misty mornings and sunny autumn afternoons, which produce noble rot. They have just the right balance of sweetness, dry noble rot character and intense acidity. While they do age, it’s hard to resist the delicious fruit of a young wine.

Pairing this tarte tatin with a selection like Domaine des Baumard’s 2011 Clos de Sainte Catherine from Coteaux du Layon is an exercise in food-and-wine harmony, where each mirrors the flavors of the other while displaying simultaneous richness and freshness.

8 April 2016 News

Wine blogger Jamie Goode wrote up a very enthusiastic review of Dog Point’s 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. An excerpt is below!

“Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2015 impresses

I’m a fan of Sauvignon Blanc. I know it’s not very wine geeky, but I really like it. And this is one of the best. I bought a case of the 2014, and it went pretty quickly, which is something that can’t be said for all my case purchases. I find that if you buy 12 of the same wine, often by the end of the case you end up wishing you’d bought just six. Not this stuff.

The 2015 is currently tasting just beautiful. It’s so delicate, aromatic, pure and precise, showing none of the clumsy flavours that Marlborough Sauvignon can sometimes have when it’s not handled very well. It’s a pristine wine and I’d buy it to drink now for this lovely aromatic precision, although this will no doubt age quite well, also.

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough, New Zealand
So aromatic with lovely pear and passionfruit. Very floral and open, but with delicate grapefruit, too. The palate is crisp and transparent with lovely lemon, pear and lively grapefruit characters. So exotic, fresh and precise with amazing focus and freshness. 93/100″

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