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February 12, 2018


Taste of France

This is fascinating! You put some time into the explanations and translations. I love seeing photos of the actual pages.
One thing I have learned living in France is that there's no place whose wines are as strictly regulated. Occasionally someone will try to get away with cheating (such as using grapes from another region, or adding sugar to increase the alcohol content) but there are lots of inspections and it's a big scandal when someone is caught.
By contrast, I went to a tasting in Iowa where one grower proudly spoke of aging his wine for six months in oak. I was impressed that he had invested in oak barrels, but no, he smirked, he used oak chips--"like everybody. Otherwise it wouldn't be profitable." That kind of thing would get you shut down in France.
His wine was abominable, BTW.

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