REBEL GRAPE SOCIETY

AUGUST 2020

WAY DOWN IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

 

France is, of course, home to most of the major grape varieties that we are most familiar with both growing and drinking here in the US. All but Zinfandel, honestly. In the bountiful growing regions throughout Southern France, from the wild Southwest to the Languedoc/Roussillon and from more famous Bordeaux to the Southern Rhone, there are still a plethora of textures flavors that are virtually untapped to us here and just waiting to be explored. In actuality, all three of these grapes that we’re showcasing this month are very seldom used as single varietal wines in their homeland at all. This brings up an important part of this conversation regarding the search for what varieties will shine here in California as we diversify our vineyard landscape. 

 

Sometimes the results of some great wine produced in the US should easily lead to more producers looking to do the same, regardless of whether or not there are very many specific examples of it to compare to in the Old World. In the cases of Grenache Blanc and Semillon, grapes that are not unknown by and stretch, we have the chance to look towards what they can taste like in California as opposed to being bound to comparing them to how they traditionally taste in France. And lastly, with Counoise, we have a grape that shows a range of great attributes with potential to spare in our climate and soils and yet barely is recognized as a puzzle piece amongst the great blends in the Rhone. One sip should provide ample reason to want to see more wines like these ones.

– Kevin Wardell, August 2020

 

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WINE NO.1: FRONT PORCH FARM GRENACHE BLANC

Russian River Valley, California 2018

WINE NO.2: LITTLE FRANCES SÉMILLON

Lake County, California 2015

WINE NO. 3: KEEP WINES COUNOISE

El Dorado, California 2019
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