Talk:Viticulture of Louisianne
Interesting. I'm glad you mentioned these were French recognized appellations. However, Montrei has got a lot of its own appellations, and many of the wines are beating out the French wines in quality and characteristics (just like here). I can't name ALL of them, but around the capital of Montrei you have: Xalón, Val de San Carlos, Arroio Seco, Santa Luçía, San Lucás, Val de Hames, and of course, Montrei. Napa and Sonoma compete, but I think that with French recognition, there´s a bit of snobbery on Napa´s part, and Sonoma is up and coming. Montrei would be well known for its cool climate wines, as many of the coastal valleys are highly marine influenced, and summer temperatures rarely exceed about 80 degrees farenheit.
French wines are so admired in Montrei, that one of the wineries which got its start in the 1970´s, Chateau Julien. The winery is a replica of a house along the French/Helvetian border (here AND there). Of course, the wines here are beginning to come into their own and are different than the French varietals of which most of Montrei's vines descend (there are some German and Italian varietals).
- My wife's been to the St. Julien Vinyard in Switz, actually.
- I wonder if perhaps the winery at Chateau Julien was built after its winery? Maybe not, but I've driven by it many times, the Chateau Julien building is quite pretty and picturesque. Doobieous 01:02, 21 February 2006 (PST)
I wonder though, what *are* ther requirements for a French recognized appellation? Doobieous 00:48, 21 February 2006 (PST)
- Good question, Barry, I'll have to think about that a touch...but I think that part of it would have to do with where the grapes came from, the winemaking process, and so forth. You should do a Viticulture of Montrei page. :) BoArthur 00:54, 21 February 2006 (PST)
- I definitely should. It's a HUGE part of the culture here in Coastal California in our world. I was commenting to a friend the other day that you have a hard time not picking up viticulture terminology and taking wine for granted when you live here. A friend of mine actually runs a business where he takes groups on tours of the farms and especially the vinyards here, another works for Kendall Jackson in Sonoma, and one of my college friends worked for Chateau Julien. I'm sure the winegrowers association of Monterey would especially love it. I do get teased for not drinking wine with nice meals, since I'm not a huge fan of most of them (it's a rare wine I'll drink that doesn't feel like it's sucking the moisture from my mouth or far too sweet). Doobieous 01:02, 21 February 2006 (PST)
Just a note, the appelation also have to do with *where* they were made. For exemple:
- bubbly wine made in Champagne using the traditional method = champagne
- bubbly wine not made in Champagne but using the traditional method = vin (méthode champenoise)
- bubbly wine not made in Champagne and/or not using the traditional method = vin mousseux
so "French recognized appellations" in this context probably mean that louisiannan specific appelations are recognised by France and cannot be legaly used by french producers (and vice-versa). *Here* for example, a treaty was recently signed between australia and the EU so that local producers will stop refering to localy made fortified wine as "porto" in exchange for an ease in exporter australian wines to europe. --Marc Pasquin 15:20, 28 April 2006 (PDT)