Almost Wine: Barley Wine

“This determined red comes forward with aggressive scents of plum, eucalyptus and blackberry. Surging flavors of currants and peaches flood the tongue before surrendering to a rounded finish of tobacco and coffee. Pair with stewed rabbit or wild boar, or anything else savory and Mediterranean.”

Beyond Cabernet: France’s Lesser-Known Grape Varieties

Many wine lovers have come to have an intimate appreciation for grape varietals like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s no secret that many French wines are supremely developed blends, as well as one-grape standouts, but what does remain mysterious are those lesser-known, succulent grape varieties that create the foundation for many a fabulous creation. It’s time to pay homage to a few of the red and white grapes that help make France one of the most marvelous wine regions in the world.