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The wines of Roussillon owe their existence to ancient Greek merchants and sailors from Corinth that brought to their colonies and trade stations in the Catalan countryside cuttings of vines from the Eastern Mediterranean to create the first vineyards.  Plantings of Moscato d’ Alessandria, Muscat à Petits Grains and Malvasia were later augmented by Grenache, Carignan, and Macabeo from the Kingdom of Aragon (Spain), and Cinsault, Syrah, Marsanne, and Vermentino to create a thriving wine production now exported around the world.

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Depending on the production area—Côtes du Roussillon, Côtes de Roussillon Villages, Collioure, Maury, Banyuls and Rivesaltes—the terroir dictates the grape varieties planted, with dry reds dominating some, while others create a variety of full bodied dry reds, dry whites, and rosés and still others being dominated by aromatic, sweet whites and a few, very distinct, sweet reds (Banyuls Grand Cru). The grape-growing area is bordered by the Mediterranean in the East and mountains in the west.  Vine growing is essentially a family business. The area’s small vineyards have shrunk in size through the years because of the French inheritance laws and there are now approximately 4,500 full time grape growers, averaging 9 hectares each. Co-operatives began in 1907 and are presently handling 75 percent of the wine production.  At a recent tasting I was enthralled by the mellow, aromatic sweet wines I tasted. Yes, there were numerous nice dry reds and whites in the tasting, but the highlights belong to the sweet, some of them fortified wines (vins doux) that many Roussillon vineyards produce.

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To my taste the best was from Arnaud de Villeneuve, the 1969 Vieux Millésimes Rivesaltes Ambré Hors d’ Age, a wine that unfortunately is not officially imported in the United States yet. Bottled in a very distinct rhomboid decanter with a gold vintage date, it has a color that is medium teak, with orange/brown highlights.  The nose of this wine is highly nuanced and textured, with tropical flower notes predominating, especially honeysuckle and frangipani with hints of fruitcake, honey, spice, and cigar box aromas. From the same producer, the 2009 Muscat de Riversaltes was a fruity, amber-colored wine that would pair very well with foie gras. There are many other wines in their portfolio, both dry reds and dry whites, but their sweet wine palette was truly exceptional.  Domaine Madeloc showed the 2008 Banyuls Cirera, (Cicera means cherry in Catalan) a lovely Grenache Noir-based wine from grapes grown in a poor, acidy soil, in a hot, sunny climate, with the wine matured in large casks for more than a year.

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Daniel Johnnes, both an importer and a wine director for Daniel Boulud's Dinex Group, picks best value-for-money wines in the $25-to-$100 range.

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You wouldn’t have thought but just a few hours from Sochi one of the world’s great wine regions is starting to produce seriously good juice again. Jordan Salcito on the Georgian wine revival.

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The Republic of Georgia is a mere 260 miles south of Sochi, along the Black Sea. That’s slightly longer than the distance from New York to Boston – a stone’s throw, especially by Russian standards. Despite the proximity, Olympians and Sochi tourists are unlikely to be drinking much Georgian wine this winter. Until last year, they couldn’t even buy it, under a seven-year Russian ban on Georgian wines.

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Georgia’s wine industry has taken some rough blows. Phylloxera struck in the late 19th century, and in the 20th century, Soviet winemaking mandates encouraged quantity above quality. Gorbachev’s anti-alcohol campaign in the late 1980s obliterated a great deal of vineyard area (though, as Jancis Robinson notes in The Oxford Companion to Wine , mainly state vineyards suffered as “no Georgian farmer would be willing to pull out his own vines”). In 2006, Russia imposed an embargo on Georgian agricultural products, including wine. Russia’s chief health inspector, Gennady Onishchenko, claimed they were contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides. Until the embargo, Russia purchased roughly more than 80% of Georgia’s wine production.

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Local wineries and grapes had a good showing in the 2014 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival commercial wine competition.

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Seven gold medals were doled out for wines with ties to Jackson and Josephine county wineries and vineyards.

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There were 169 entries with a total of 32 gold medals, 46 silver medals and 40 bonze medals awarded. A list of local winners follows: GOLD: Chateau Lorane, 2011 pinotage, Rogue Valley; Crater Lake Cellars, 2012 syrah, Rogue Valley; Folin Cellars, 2009 syrah, Rogue Valley; Soloro Vineyard, 2008 grenache, Applegate Valley; Troon Vineyard, 2011 red malbec, Applegate Valley; Valley View Winery: 2012 sauvignon blanc and 2011 tempranillo, Rogue Valley.

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