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Wine Review: La Ferme Julien Rouge

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La Ferme Julien Rouge is an everyday pleasure wine produced in France. As a red wine it is served with most meat, pasta, and spicy foods. Made from a combination of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Syrah it is well balanced option. Seasoned in oak barrels for 10 months it takes on a touch of sweetness. Nose: Ripe berries, spices and tobacco Taste: Subtle, cherry, ripe, vanilla, wet, and light aftertaste. Soft tannins. Glass: Dark red and medium body. The wine was grown and produced in France on the Mont Ventoux slopes that sits over 5,700 feet above sea level. The area supports high quality grape production and adds to the wines flavor. The type of soil also supports a solid production of mild wines. According to Food Tourists the region is known for its interesting wines all the way over to mediocre wines. It was part of the Ancient Roman wine making system and still maintains its small town charm. Whites, reds and roses are produced here and exported to the rest of the wor

Wine Review: Fonreau Bellevue’s 2010 Bordeaux

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Fonreau Bellevue’s 2010 Bordeaux is an import from France that retails for around $10 per bottle. Bordeaux is nice with food items like beef, Asian, and other spicy or greasy foods. It may work well with T-Bone steak, BBQ ribs, and high protein foods. This type of wine is common when eating out or frequenting vacation areas.  A few phrases that may describe this wine are helpful: slightly dry, tannin aftertaste and ripe grapes. It is somewhat easy to drink. A touch of acidity to the taste based on its tanginess. Blackberry and spice are relevant terms. Dark maroon color and medium body. The wine is reflective of its French origins.  Bordeaux is made from blending the three different grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet ( 1 ). They often adjust the quantities of each to create different tannin and strength levels based upon the types of grape and their maturation dates. Bordeaux is know for its French origin but Napa Valley has been increasing in sta