The distillation and ageing of Armagnac made easy

Distillation and ageing are among the most important operations of Armagnac production. By now you should be a budding connoisseur of Armagnac, however there are two important questions that still remain unanswered… What does the distillation process of Armagnac involve? How does the ageing process affect Armagnac?   [title text=”Distillation of Armagnac” style=”bold”] Like Cognac, […]

Find your vintage with Hors d'Age Armagnac

When I was first introduced to Armagnac, the term Hors d’Age was a little confusing. After speaking with the wonderful Eric I translated it to mean ‘beyond age’. If an Armagnac is described as Hors d’Age it is a blend of more than one vintage which, collectively, are more than 10 years old. Expect the following […]

The Armagnac adventure

This week we’ve seen January out in true Liquid Indulgence style by taking a trip to Gascony, France to discover the real world of Armagnac. Escorted by the brilliant Eric Sendra we visited 8 distilleries in total across the three regions. Our reasons for doing this? My main aim was to become a true connoisseur […]

Pinot Noir, Burgundy

Last week I wrote about Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Loire region. This week I find myself further North in Burgundy to talk about Pinot Noir. [title text=”Not just a favourite in France” style=”bold”] The Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned red grape from Burgundy, France. This can be another pesky grape to grow but if you harvest […]

Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Earlier this month I ventured to the South of France to try my hand at wine tasting in one of the world’s renowned wine regions… Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is one of the largest and, undoubtedly, the most beloved appellation in Southern France. With an impressive ‘3,200 hectares of vineyards and over 80 growers’ I was rather excited […]

International Sauvignon Blanc Day

Sauvignon Blanc, a great wine with an even greater reputation! This Sunday the Liquid Indulgence office will be raising a glass to celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day and here’s why… Sauvignon is an extremely popular wine varietal that is enjoyed by many across the UK. For years winemakers across the world have been making crisp, […]

World Malbec Day

Sunday 17th April is World Malbec Day. If I was to ask, where would you say that Malbec originated from? Argentina? It is actually France! Yes although Malbec is now famously grown in the Mendoza region of Argentina it’s roots are indeed french. So much so that Malbec is one of the only six grapes […]

Thirty grapes in thirty days: Carignan

‘It was the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The red wine was flowing, late on Christmas eve, Pour me the Carignan would you please’ Yes today’s grape is Carignan. A red varietal originally from Spain and known as ‘Carinena’ to the Spanish natives. […]

Thirty grapes in thirty days: Gewurztraminer

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Gewurztraminer. As you can probably guess by the name, this grape originates from Germany. Over the years the white varietal has travelled to the Alps and is now grown in Italy, Hungary, Croatia and more notably France. On the border of France in the region of Alsace, Gewurztraminer is thriving as […]

Thirty grapes in thirty days: Merlot

Yesterday may have been about the unique and unusual but today we are talking about a true classic. Merlot! Merlot is a red grape famously known for being a component in the Bordeaux blend (along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc). Merlot has been used in wine making since the 1700’s and is considered as […]