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Wines of Montpellier: Chateau de l'Engarran

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Wines of Montpellier: Chateau de l'Engarran

Check out our Virtual Tasting with the wines of Montpellier and our latest imports from France.  Without the luxury of traveling, let's reminisce some of our current discoveries from a historical wine region from France. Imagine the Southern Coast of France shaped like a crescent with Provence to the east and Rousillon to the South. The city of Montpellier is located 6 miles from the coast, is about 2 hours from Marseille, 1.5 hour from Perpignan and a 4-hour train ride from Paris. It is famous for its University, one of the oldest in the world, founded in 1160. Nostradamus, the...

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Spanish Tales: Madrid The Center of Spain

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Spanish Tales: Madrid The Center of Spain

Plaza Mayor, Madrid When you come to Madrid you will finally understand why Madrid is the center of Spain. The Puerta del Sol Gate of the Sun is a busy square located in the middle of the city. This is exactly 0 kilometers of the network of Spanish roads. In fact, there is actually a plaque on the square that symbolizes the 0 starting point. It is in Madrid where we start our journey of discovering Spanish food and wine. Just a few minutes walking distance southwest of the square is another famous structure called Plaza Mayor. Finished in 1619,...

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Wine Travel: Champagne

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Wine Travel: Champagne

Just under two hours away from Paris  awaits one of the most magnificent region for wine production. Specifically the region of Champagne, the king of all sparkling wine. Some people say you only drink Champagne for special occassions, however here at Plume Ridge Bottle Shop we tend to differ. Champagne should be enjoyed at any time and paired with meals just like you would with regular still wines. To understand Champagne, one must also understand how it is made and why it is so different from all the other sparkling wines on the market. View our article on the difference...

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Wine Travel: Portugal and Vinho Verde

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Wine Travel: Portugal and Vinho Verde

[caption id="attachment_2654" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Vinho Verde: Rows of Loureiro Grapes in October[/caption]Portugal is famous for its Port wine history, however the region just north of Porto and Douro River is a thriving area called Vinho Verde. Vinho Verde is the second-highest selling wine in Portugal. The region was demarcated in 1908 and is considered to be one of the oldest regions in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe. It spans from the Douro to the Minho River near Spain. To the north there is the Minho River, the south is the Douro River, and the Freita, Arada and...

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Wine Travel: Right Bank Bordeaux

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Wine Travel: Right Bank Bordeaux

After a few weeks on the road, the Bottle Shop team has traveled from Germany to Spain and finally landed in Bordeaux. Over the course of a few weeks and 7 hotels later, we find ourselves in a quiet place on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Located just 20 minutes outside of the city center, away from the hustle and bustle, Chateau La France was a welcoming delight at first sight. Here in the country side landscape, the air is fresh, the sky is clear and the terrain is much hillier than the Left Bank. Driving up the road to the...

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