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The independently researched site for day trippers, shoppers and visitors to Calais, France – wanting to save money and more – interested in French wines and champagnes – information on wine labels, regions, vintages, champagnes
France is the largest wine producing region in the world with a wide variety of wines to choose from.
Beaujolais Nouveau – 14th November 2013 (always the 3rd Thursday in November)
We liked; "A day without wine is like a day without sunshine", and "Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can change, and wine to accept the things I cannot."
– London Wine Academy. Gift vouchers for courses and tasting events. Tel: 0845 555 1100. www.londonwineacademy.com
Magazine we liked; Wine Magazine (monthly) – subscriptions; 01795 414 879.
Féderation Nationale des Cavistes Independents (F.N.C.I.) – for a list of independent shops in France.
Boursot's Wine Collection will store your wine for short periods.
Berry Bros and Rudd – The Cellars, 3 St James's Street, London. SW1. Tel: 020 7396 9600.
Christies – 5 King Street, St. James's. London. SW1. Tel: 020 7747 6800.
Ecole du Vins – Hotel du Vin, Church Street, Birmingham. B3. Tel: 0121 200 0600.
Lay and Wheeler Wine Tastings and dinners. Tel: 01206 713 526.
La Réserve – 56 Walton Street, London. SW3. Tel: 020 7589 2020.
Wine and Spirit Education Trust – courses on how to be a wine buyer. Five Kings House, 1 Queen Street Place, London. EC4. Tel: 020 7236 3551. www.wset.co.uk
– Tastour. London tasting events including wine and champagnes. "We host interactive, informative events: wine and food pairings, chocolate tastings, olive oil comparisons, distillery tours and vineyard visits." www.tastour.co.uk
Information on wine tastings we carried out on wines bought from shops and supermarkets in Calais
|Quart / Split||-||18.7 cl||DEMI SEC||Medium Sweet|
|Bouteille||-||75 cl||SEC||Medium Dry|
|Magnum||2 bottles||1.5 l||BRUT||Very dry|
|Double Magnum||4 bottles||3.0 l||-||-|
|Jéroboam||4 bottles||3.0 l||EXTRA DRY||Extra Dry|
|Rehoboam||6 bottles||4.5 l||CRU||French for "growth"|
|Mathusalem or Impérial||8 bottles||6.0 l||EN VRAC||By Container|
|Salmanazar||12 bottles||9.0 l||-||-|
|Balthazar||16 bottles||12.0 l||Negociant||Shipper or Merchant|
|Nabuchodonosor||20 bottles||15.0 l||Recoltant||A Grower|
|Melchior||24 bottles||18.0 l||Viticulteur||Winegrower|
Red Grapes – Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Gamay, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Pinot noir, Syrah.
White Grapes – Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Clairette, Muscadelle, Pinot gris, Sauvignon, Semillon, Ugni blanc.
Terroir France. Nice, easy to follow and informative site. www.terroir-france.com
Store your wine safely. www.eurocave.com
Some basic wine information. www.bath.ac.uk
Jancise Robinson – excellent on TV. www.jancisrobinson.com
– Wine Anorak. Some good articles. www.wineanorak.com
Wine Lovers. www.wine-lovers-page.com
– Wine Pages, informative website. www.wine-pages.com
Wine School. www.wineschool.com/vocabulary
Wine quotations to liven your day. www.wineschool.com/quotations
Wine Spectator. Subscription based. www.winespectator.com
Commercial wine sales. www.virginwines.co.uk
Australian wine. www.robertsrock.com
Ernest and Julio Gallo wine. www.gallo.com