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March 2015

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The March Issue of Connoisseurs' Guide brings together the collective efforts of local vintners with the many and varied grapes of France's Rhone district. The Rhone, which, consists of North and South, and then of subdivisions with their own sets of rules, limits grapes in some areas and invites a kitchen-sink's worth of varieties in others. California has no such rules.

Syrah is the red grape of the northern Rhone and the primary red grape amongst the Rhone varieties in use here.

In the southern Rhone, Grenache is foremost among the red wines, almost all of which are blends of various proportions.

Mourvèdre shows up in the south in blends and while it exists here, its charms are less appreciated.

The sturdy Petite Sirah is not much found in France even though the French created it.

Rhône whites remain less than popular, although they do have charm and potential. Viognier makes rich, nicely fruity wines that can be brilliant.

Grenache Blanc makes lighter wines, and their popularity is growing.

The partner grapes, Roussanne and Marsanne, are works in progress, and, whether in combination or as stand-alone varieties, they remain in short supply. The best are worth the effort to find.

The partner grapes, Roussanne and Marsanne, are works in progress, and, whether in combination or as stand-alone varieties, they remain in short supply. The best are worth the effort to find.

You can rely on our selection of Best Buys to save you a bundle--and pleasing your palate at the same time.



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