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alsace  




Domaine Paul Zinck is a family owned winery in the small Alsace village of Eguisheim, just south of Colmar. Sheltered by the Vosges mountains, the climate is semi-continental, quite sunny, temperate and dry.

Respect for the environment is part of the ethic of the Zinck family. For that reason, the winery is heading progressively towards organic agriculture on nearly all of the surface area. Today, the vines are grown respecting a belief in sustainable production, along with organic and biodynamic agricultural methods.  In the Vineyard, the growth of natural grasses is encouraged in order to get the deepest root growth from the vines and also to deal with extreme weather conditions. The expression of the soil and the flavours it provides is optimal. 

Today, the winery, headed by Philippe and his wife Pascale covers 20 hectares and produces three complete ranges of wine, all regularly awarded by the professionals: the Portrait, Terroir and Grands Crus, topped off by the Crémant and Crémant rosé. 
Region: Éguisheim 
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bordeaux 


Situated on a gravel plateau in Saint-Laurent-Médoc, Château Caronne Ste Gemme dates back to the mid 17th Century. The estate has been owned and guided by the Borie-Nony family since 1900. Current Director François Nony joined the family business in 1999 and succeeded his uncle Jean a few years later. The winemaking team is composed of the owner, Francois Nony representing the fourth generation, a cellar master, Bruno Guyomar and an oenologist, Olivier Dauga. The wine making follows very much the pattern of the "Grand Cru" chateaux. The grapes are destalked, then slightly crushed and sent into fermentation vats which are either stainless steel or cement with an epoxy coating and always thermo-regulated.  The ageing of 12 month months is made exclusively in the 1,000 french barrels of 225 L., of which 25% are renewed each year. The wine is fined with egg whites and finally bottled at the vineyard 20 months after it is harvested.
Region: Haut Medoc
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Chateau Lafont Fourcat is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers, below Castillon-la-Bataille, hanging on the spur of clay and limestone slopes of Grionde. The hillside opposite it St Emillion. Chateau Lafont Fourcat is probably one of the best quality-price ratio in Bordeaux thanks to the talent and meticulous work of its owner, Paul-Marie Morillon, who actually is a wine consultant for the famous properties of Ausonius Castles, Mondotte and Yquem. 

The wine is produced and distributed by Jean-Luc Thunevin, the owner of the legendary St.-Emilion Premier Cru Classe Château Valandraud. Jean-Luc believes that quality and value should trump official classification, regardless of the price. As for this small vineyard collaboration, Thunevin has said of Winemaker Morillon that he either has to make more wine, or have less talent!
Region: Entre-Deux-Mers
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Soil Type: gravel over deep clay and gravely sand with chalky clay. Average age of vines: 30 years Pruning: double Guyot Hand picking: 100% De-stemming: 100% Ageing: 12 to 14 months in oak barrels Age of barrels: between 40 - 50% new

The red-wine appellation of Haut-Médoc is home to some of the world's greatest wines. All the great communes of the Left Bank fall within its boundaries: Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe, as well as the up and coming Moulis and Listrac. These are labeled under their own more illustrious and expensive appellation names. 

Vignoble Responsable: Translates to "Sustainable Vineyard," and guarantees the right balance between quality, pleasure, and social awareness. It is granted after examination of all of an estate's practices and functioning, and paves the way for tomorrow's vineyards thanks to values and actions in favour of sustainable, reliable, and committed viticulture.
Region: Haut Medoc
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Wine critic Robert Parker deemed Bordeaux's black sheep, Thunevin, a "bad boy," which explains how the wine's name
came to be. This Merlot, styled for early drinking, expresses a good deal of charm with its ripe black fruit, chocolate, and
licorice aromas. This wine will return a lot of pleasure for a fair price. Made from vines that average 40 years old,
sourced from the Bordeaux, Fronsac and Pomerol appellations, Bad Boy's label carries just the generic Bordeaux AOC, but it's treated almost as a grand vin, aged in 100 percent new oak barrels.

Thunevin made his reputation as the godfather of the garagiste movement in the 1990s. Jean Luc, an Algerian immigrant, started his life in wine as a wine merchant and restaurant owner in Saint-Emilion. In 1989 Jean Luc figured that there was no reason he couldn't start making his own wine, and so he and his wife, Murielle Andraud, purchased a tiny plot of vines, .6 hectares to be exact, in Saint-Emilion. By 1991 Chateau Valandraud bottled its first vintage. 
Region: Bordeaux
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burgundy 

This wine takes its name from an old story, dating back to the time when goats could still graze freely on the wild grasses around the vineyards. One black goat was renowned for its habit ofslipping away purposefully from the herd to treat itself to buds growing on the vines. As a tribute to this beast of good taste and with a knowing wink, Albert Ponnelle decided to produce an authentic and original wine, la Réserve de la Chevre Noire. Grapes from different regions of the Côte de Beaune. Traditional vinification, with 60% of the wine matured in oak barrels.
Region: Bourgogne
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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is one of the finest and most important producers in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet. Established in 1985 from the vineyard holdings of the Gagnard-Delagrange estate which was divided between two daughters when they married. Richard Fontaine, a former air force engineer, married into the Gagnard wine family when he wed Laurence, the daughter of Jacques and Marie-Josephe Gagnard, and their extremely capable daughter Céline is now working alongside them.

Richard Fontaine is a meticulous vigneron. His vineyard regimen is based on the principles of lutte raissonée (literally reasoned fight), which means he takes an organic approach in meeting the challenges of Mother Nature. With some notable deviations:  (from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)
"Celine did not dither in expounding her views upon organic winemaking, de rigueur amongst vignerons. She is adamant that the practice is leaving too many copper deposits in the vineyard. Good point – one rarely addressed."
Region: Burgundy
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The Thenard family has owned land in Givry since 1760. For the past several decades their estate has sold most of its production to the Remoissenet. Wine had always been bottled under the Thenard label for private customers such as Charles de Gaulle and the Pope, but was not exported to North America under the Domaine label until 2005. They own 3 premier crus in Givry where they make both red and white.

The Givry 1er Cru are made in a traditional method. After stemming, the maceration takes place for about two weeks in wooden vats. Then the wine is aged partly in oak barrels (5% new oak) and partly in foudre for 24 months. Light filtration. Bottling in November 2014.
Region: Burgundy
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Renowned winemaker Pierre Meurgey has left Maison Champy after 24 years, and just launched his own label under the name Merugey-Croses. Croses is the maiden name of his mother, who is a native of Macon. The wine is a tribute to Meurgey's Maconnais roots. All the winegrowers are family friends and the grapes come from vineyards which Meurgey used to source from during the Champy days. Maison Champy, founded in 1720, is the oldest documented négociant still trading.
Region: Bourgogne 
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chablis

Gerard Tremblay, assisted by his wife Helene, is 5th generation winemaker at this 34-hectare estate located in Chablis. Most of the vines are situated in the best premier cru and grand cru appellations and the wines are some of the most sought-after in the region. A meticulous winemaker working from a superb new winery, Gerard is renowned for drawing out the typicity of the various appellations and his wines are a true reflection of the terroir from which they come.  While most of the wines are sold locally, a limited amount is exported and have deservedly drawn the attention of such notable critics as Robert Parker, Guide Hachette and Revue des Vins des France.

The entire winery works by gravity, avoiding unnecessary manipulations of the fruit or pumping of juices. Grapes are brought directly from the fields and put into pneumatic presses. The juice is then left to settle for more 12 hours before being stocked in stainless steel tanks with individual temperature controls. 
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champagne 

Champagne Larmandier-Bernier is one of the true stars of the Côte des Blancs. Both the Larmandier and Bernier families have had a long history in the Champagne region, dating back to the French revolution, but it was not until the marriage of Philippe Larmandier and Elisabeth Bernier in 1971 that Champagne Larmandier-Bernier was established. The small house today is directed by Pierre and Sophie Larmandier, who own just under fifteen hectares in some of the finest villages on the Côte des Blancs: they are at the forefront of the recent movement towards 'Grower-Producers'. 
Region: Côte des Blancs 
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Champagne Le Mesnil -  The house takes its name from the town 'Le Mesnil-sur-Oger', 20 km south of Epernay and one of only 17 Villages in the Champagne region with the right to the designation 'Grand Cru.'   The name conjures up images of incredibly expensive ultra-cuvees of luxury champagne brands. You know the ones, with the price tags out of reach from the average consumer. Well, all those growers in Le Mesnil have a little secret: a cooperative they call simply Champagne Le Mesni l . These Grand Cru wines provide incredible value when placed beside their brethren from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Region: Côte des Blancs 
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Today Montaudon is one of the rare champagne houses still owned entirely by the founding family. The house of Montaudon is located right at the heart of Reims, a few steps away from the Cathedral. The fermentation room, storerooms and two levels of cellars (where bottles for several year's supply are stocked) are sited in this well integrated centre.

Montaudon owns a vineyard of 45 hectares. The long lasting finish gives further emphasis to its perfect proportions. This Brut wine is an assemblage of the three grape varieties: mainly Pinot Noir, with Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. It is fresh lively and elegant, and can be served on all occasions.
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loire valley

The Vouvray vineyards are situated upstream from Tours in the North of the Loire Valley. Vines are planted on clay limestone and clay siliceous grounds on the chalky ‘Tuffeau’ soil. The vine roots overhang the cellars built in the rock nearby, which are called “Caves Troglodytes.” The caves are old quarries, dug into the limestone to build the castles and houses of the region. A constant temperature of 13C lets more than three million bottles ripen in the cool, dark tranquility. 
Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray - Chenin Blanc   Alberta CSPC     British Columbia CSPC   >  Tasting Notes
Chateau l’Oiselinière- This Domaine lies a few kilometres from the Atlantic, and benefits from the cooling influence of the ocean, and from the Sèvre and the Maine rivers. Since 1953 it has been in the ownership of the Chéreau Carré family. Bernard Chéreau’s 10 ha vineyard is managed ecologically, only using natural methods of pest and disease control. the 40 year old vines are harvested by hand and the traditional method of maturation on the lees is followed, with batonnage (stirring of the yeast lees) to help develop the aromas and the wine's complexity.
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Chateau de Chasseloir - Muscadet 100 yr old vines   Alberta CSPC   >  Tasting Notes

FOLIUM  - In 2009, the classification which is a step of from Vin de Table and carries a geographic designation of origin, was replaced by the new Indication Geographique Protégé, or IGP. The Val de Loire is France's leading producer of white wines. The best known Sauvignon Blanc from this region comes from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, but there are many other excellent small producers from the region.

Fragmentation of production in Val de Loire has long been a challenge to bringing these wines to the international market, with many growers owning a few hectares here and there. With some 1,700 growers of Loire Vin de Pays wines, it is really only the negociants, who buy fruit from many growers, who can bottle significant volumes of wine under one label.  
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provence

Bernard Maurel, age 75, married to Dominique Maurel and father of four children, is the current owner of Domaine d’Astros. A banker of renown, he is the president of the private bank Martin-Maurel, founded by his father in Marseille. “I was pruning vines before I knew how to write a cheque”, says this seasoned businessman, who for many years divided his time between two highly time-consuming businesses.

In the 1950’s, Domaine d'Astros was dedicated to producing everyday drinking wine and fruit growing. It was in 1963 that Bernard Maurel gave the estate a new lease of life. He planted new grape varieties and built a new cellar in the vicinity of the Château and in 1970 produced the estate’s first AOC Côtes de Provence. Astros turned a corner extending its production to “rosé wine” – today accounting for 75% of production – and has won a number of prizes, including regularly gold medals at the Concours Général de Paris.
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Combining tradition with a modern approach, Cellier Saint Sidoine has been producing top-quality wines since 1923. The estate claims a prime geographic location, with stony soil and a vine-friendly microclimate. Its vineyards cover 1,729 acres in the Côtes de Provence appellation. About 85 percent of annual production is rosé wine, made from the delectable Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grape varieties.

The wine cellar works to achieve the best quality possible by honoring the terroir and following environmentally sound farming methods.
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rhone valley

Domaine Durieu is fast becoming one of the stars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A very impressive Parker score for a wine at this price and without doubt an absolute bargain for the cellar.

The history of Domaine Durieu began in the 70s when Paul Durieu inherited a few hectares of vines from his mother, Lucille Avril, land which had been in the family since the 1500s. Paul built the winery and gradually expanded the family estate to their current 37 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape, adding another 68 hectares in the Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Ventoux. 

Today, Domaine Durieu is one of the most well-regarded in the region and has received many accolades for both for their Chateauneufs and their other labels as well. Since Paul's retirement in 2004, the younger generation has taken over operations at Durieu, with son Vincent in charge of winemaking and Francois and Blandine handling the marketing and business side.  

The Chateauneuf vineyard has some very old vines of Grenache, some of which was planted over a hundred years ago. Of their 37 hectares in Chateauneuf, 36 are devoted to the production of red wine and one hectare is used to grow grapes for the white.
Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu     Alberta CSPC  >  Tasting Notes
Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc    Alberta CSPC   >  Tasting Notes
Châteauneuf du Pape    Alberta CSPC   >  Tasting Notes

For the last 15 years, Xavier Vignon has become internationally known one of the leading oenologists in the Southern Rhône, consulting at a number of top estates (Marcoux, Grand Veneur, Raymond Usseglio, etc.). Before settling in Rhône Valley, he worked as a winemaker in Alsace (Wolfberger), Champagne (Moët & Chandon), Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Burgundy and Languedoc-Roussillon as well as Australia (Taltarni), Tasmania (Clover Hill) and New Zealand (Cloudy Bay).

He now consults for almost 200 Domaines from Rhône to Languedoc, and manages one of the area's biggest laboratories, "Minerality in Wine," with a team of 10 oenologists.
Côtes du Provence Rosé    Alberta CSPC >  Tasting Notes
Côtes du Rhône    Alberta CSPC  >  Tasting Notes
Côtes du Rhône 100%    Alberta CSPC  >  Tasting Notes
Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge   Alberta CSPC  > Tasting Notes
Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge Anonyme   Alberta CSPC   > Tasting Notes
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southern france

The cooperative winery in Cases de Penya, a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, goes by many names, but with its Catalan culture, most Americans simply call it "Peña".

Situated less than 10 miles from the city of Perpignan, in the Agly Valley of the Pyrénées, the name "Cases de Pene" is a derivation of the Catalan for "house of stones". It is a hot, rugged, wind-swept place with distinctive, marne and black schistic soils.

Five growers jointly own the vineyards of the original Château. Another five grow wine full-time for a living, and every other family in the village owns a few acres. It is not a small operation! The heart and soul of Penya is winemaker Joseph "Tony" Gonzalez, who has 20+ years experience, a brilliant flair for winemaking, and an instinctive and profound knowledge of the vineyards and terroir.
Region: Cotes Catalanes
100% Viognier - Vin de Pays Cotes Catalanes     Alberta CSPC   >  Tasting Notes
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Located in Boutenac, just south of the village of Corbières in the Languedoc region, Ollieux Romanis is now one of the largest privately owned wineries in Corbières, spanning some 130 hectares, which has belonged to the same family since 1860. "Les Ollieux" is the name of the few remaining olive trees next to the cellar, which were far more numerous before the frost of 1956. The ancestors of the actual owners chose the olive tree (also known as the poet's tree) as the emblem for the estate.

It is with the settling of the Bories family at Les Ollieux in the mid-19th century that major irrigation work was performed on the property. The wine and aging cellars were built in 1896 using original stone from the estate's quarry. The family's dedication to the estate, and skilled utilization of both traditional and modern techniques continues to contribute to the production of a portfolio of superb wines.
Region: Corbieres
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One of the more inventive vintners in the Languedoc is former Burgundy winemaker Bruno Lafon, who moved to the Languedoc in 1999 to make not only excellent terroir-driven wines of the region, but easy drinking and enjoyable wine.

When they bought the estate in 1999, it was a rundown collection of vineyards planted to a multitude of grape varieties; its former owner had planted the range to see which grapes would work best there. Today, Lafon has rehabilitated the estate.

Seeking to work the vineyards in the highest respect to the environment and to maximize the expression of the terroirs,
the grapes are raised without the use of weed-killers, synthetic chemicals and no excess use of mechanization.
Region: Languedoc  
Le Fruit Defendu White Alberta CSPC > Tasting Notes
Le Fruit Defendu Rosé Alberta CSPC > Tasting Notes
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Terra Vecchia translates to "Old Land" in Corsican, and is apt for this vineyard which has seen wine and agricultural activity for over 2000 years. Young winemaker and passionate grower Jean Francois Renucci is working to rehabilitate this plot of land, ideally situated for quality wine production, near the marine lake Diana and not far from the mountains, both of which help protect the vineyards from the extreme heat. 
Region: Corsica 
Rosé - Nielluccii, Syrah, Merlot    Alberta CSPC   >  Tasting Notes

One of the more inventive vintners in the Languedoc is former Burgundy winemaker Bruno Lafon. Lafon moved to the Languedoc in 1998 to start his own winery, Domaine Magellan.

“We have great terroir in the Languedoc, but we are young—it took 1,000 years for regions like Burgundy to become what they are today. We in the Languedoc should make good wines that are good values as well,” Lafon says.

Partnering with Francois Chamboissier with his many years of sales in Champagne and Rhone, the duo have created Nos Vins du Sud, dedicated to the best winegrowers and the best grapes throughout the region.
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The story of the estate began in 1920, when Jean François Morel, a Swiss vintner, settled in Gascony to cultivate vines. The vineyard initially covered about 10 hectares.

His daughter Denise and her husband Jean Jegerlhener settled on the estate in 1960, and their passion for wine inspired them to build cellars and expand the vineyard. Their son Philip joined the team and now devotes his time to managing the vineyard.

Their daughter Elisabeth also has a passion for vines and wine. She decided to study oenology and became a professional oenologist. After working at the well-known Tariquet estate, and with the help of her husband, Henry Prataviera, she developed the estate which today covers 120 hectares. The first bottles were produced in 2003, and over 850 000 were sold in 2011.
Region: Gascony, Southwest France
 Cuvee Marine - Colombard, Sauvignon, Gros Manseng     Alberta CSPC   >  Tasting Notes
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