Category Archives: Rousanne

Viognier/Roussanne, Freyja, Gard Vintners, Lawrence Estate Wines, Royal Slope, Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State, 2017, US$16

Recently I attended the 2018 Wine Media Conference in Walla Walla, Washington. When I was doing a little legwork in advance of the event about some of the wineries we may meet with, I’d noticed a review by Stephen Tanzer … Continue reading

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Le Soula, VdP des Côtes Catalanes, France, 2009, 14% abv, C$45+

Every now and then, I’m reminded how small producer, attention-to-detail, hands-on and earth-friendly farming and wine-making practices all conspire to produce some of the seriously fabulous wines of the world. From the minute this was opened, I wondered where it … Continue reading

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Cuvée Centenaire, Domaine Lafage, Côtes du Roussillon AOP, France, 2015, 13% abv. C$22++

Truth be told, I don’t want to tell you about this wine – because when I do, you’re going to run to the nearest liquor store and buy it out.  And there won’t be any left for me. Unless I … Continue reading

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Amphora Viognier-Rousanne, Laughing Stock Vineyards, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2014, 14.2% abv. C$24, 500 ml.

When my certified expert in Italian wine friend called me to share a bottle of a made-in-BC wine using amphorae from Chianti, there was no hesitation on my part. Medium gold with a fleshy peach overtone and deep legs, the grapes … Continue reading

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Ava, Le Vieux Pin, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 2012, 14% abv.

Here’s a BC bottle made in the image of a white Rhône Valley wine. The Ava is fashioned from 61% Viognier, 21% Roussanne and 18% Marsanne grapes that have seen about half of it age in new French barrels for 9 … Continue reading

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Domaine de Nalys, Eicelenci, Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC, France, 2010, 14% abv

Ah, the Rhone Valley. After Bordeaux it’s France’s second most prolific region where 95% of what is produced is red. There has been wine in this region since the first century BC. Once the Gauls discovered it was possible to … Continue reading

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