The Cognac and its vineyards
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The Guide to Finding Great Cognac

The Guide to Finding Great Cognac | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Cognac is a brandy made from the white wine grapes grown in the Cognac region of France. Learn how to find great Cognac by understanding the region, the aging classifications, the major brands, and…
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There are several ways to find a great cognac. 

One is to have next door a wine shop or a bar specializing in spirits. 

The very best one way is touring the vineyard of Cognac, South-West of France.. 

Next to the major brands there are 200 craft producers willing to let you discover their estate with its traditional distillery. 

There you meet the owner and, with him or her, you taste family's products that have been aging for decades. 

 Amazing experience for cognac aficionados !

You don't know how to magae your tour : ask for a guide !
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A quick tour at Chateau fontpinot, the house of Cognac Frapin

A quick tour at Chateau fontpinot, the house of Cognac Frapin | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Cognac : the very word embodies sophistication and class.  This ancient drink should not be confused with brandies from Spain, Cyprus or other countries  ...

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Frapin has a specific position in the Cognac world. Like few trading houses it is known almost worldwide but it is not a trading house ! 

Like a number of family estates, Frapin distils wines coming only from their own vineyards and market only them but they are known worldwide like no other family estate !

If to this specific position you add the quality of their cognacs coming from the best growth area, the Grande Champagne vineyards, then you understand why visiting this estate is quite an experience ...

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Cognac drinkers to ditch ‘big four’ for independent brands

Cognac drinkers to ditch ‘big four’ for independent brands | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Cognac drinkers are predicted to switch loyalty from the “big four” brands to discover smaller producers, much like what has happened in the whisky and beer market.

 

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At the moment, it is still hard to find shops which propose a wide range of cognacs including small producers.
Happily, more and more small cognac estates have now their own online shop and can deliver to a number of countries.

The point is how to find these producers ?
The best idea is to tour the vineyards of Cognac :
- A good way to be away from the beaten track, meeting producers and
- A good opportunity to taste their cognacs and select those one prefers

The best option is to immerse yourself in the country of "slow travel" where everyone gives time to time, discovering the way of living in the vineyards, visiting a traditional cooperage, following the fabulous process from the vine to the glass ...

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Cognac Frapin among the oldest companies on earth

Cognac Frapin among the oldest companies on earth | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Oldies but goodies.

 

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1270 is the year when Frapin family located in the Charente vineyards.


This family succeeded to combine the commercial techniques of the major trading houses and the know-how to traditional winemakers-distillers to offer today cognacs only from its own vineyards.


Only this is worth making the trip to Segonzac

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5 Things + 1 You Must Know About Cognac

5 Things + 1 You Must Know About Cognac | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Cognac. What is it good for? Absolutely everything.

Well, not everything. But many of the things that count, such as drinking, drinking and drinking. Oh, and baking!

 

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The 6th thing to know is that cognac is not only a spirit that needs to be drunk in moderation but Cognac is also a city and a vineyard.

That vineyard is the widest in the world for white wines to be distilled.

That vineyard houses the largest concentration of traditional distilleries in the world, far ahead of Scotland

That vineyard is very discreet and the best way to discover the 500 and more cognacs that are marketed is touring and meeting distillers with family reserves that still wait for you...

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Tasting cognac – How to get the most from your experience

Tasting cognac – How to get the most from your experience | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
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There are several ways to to immerse yourself in the intense pleasure of this coveted spirit.

One is to prepare yourself for a cognac tasting at home, with friends if possible.

Another way is to come and spend time with producers who will disclose some secrets on their specific products.

Are you ready for both. In case of any doubt, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here for you.

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Experiencing the art of living in the vineyards of Cognac

Experiencing the art of living in the vineyards of Cognac | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Living surrounded by vineyards is influencing my perspective on life ....

 

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Living in the vineyards of Cognac brings to live at a different pace. This way of living is a philosophy that is found among cognac producers and in their products.
Each has to make the journey to discover this art of living ...

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Les vins de Pays Charentais sont à la fête à Paris

Les vins de Pays Charentais sont à la fête à Paris | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Annually, in the National Agricultural Fair, is held the Concours Général Agricole (CGA) The Competition Products aims to reward the best wines and the best French products, including the wines from Charentes, the Cognac country.

 

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Not yet very known, these wines from the Charentes are drinking wines, not wines to be distilled.

Their quality improved significantly and they are now considered by amateurs.

A sign which does not mislead : Rémy Martin owners have invested in a wine estate just next to their Louis XIII storages

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The Cognac Masters 2014 results

The Cognac Masters 2014 results | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Tasting at the Cognac Masters 2014

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You too wish to know more about cognac and techniques to taste it.

 

Attend our Cognac and you will surprise your friends by introducing them to the richness of aromas of the cognac.

Then, give your own medals to the cognacs you really prefer.

 

More here : http://www.cognac-tasting-tour.com/cognac-discovery-workshop.html

 

 

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Shustov Cognac Winery Museum. How it was built.

Say "rekord 8" at the reception to get a 10% discount on any tour. Museum is situated in Odessa, Ukraine. 13 Melnytskaya str.

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To know more about cognac, one may visit this museum... Or come and tour the vineyards, in Charente, South-West of France...

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8 Top-Rated Cognacs

8 Top-Rated Cognacs | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
There has never been a better time to explore Cognac.
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These products offer a fantastic journey into the world of flavors.

Why not extend this journey by visiting the estates where they are elaborated, meeting with their producers and by tasting these cognacs at the estate.

Some of these producers are away from the beaten track, nestled in the vineyards of Grande Champagne.

Let us know when you come to the Cognac country. Thus, you will not loose your time and you will not worry about driving.
we will be pleased to let you discover also the architecture, some remarkable landscapes, the local history...

 

Christmas is coming soon, contact us and offer a stay or an excursion in the vineyards with a gift voucher.

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What Are Tannins In Wine? | Wine Folly

What Are Tannins In Wine? | Wine Folly | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

What Are Tannins in Wine? In wine, tannin is a textural element that makes wine taste dry..

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This presentation is not dedicated to cognac and other spirits but it helps to understand what tannins are and to discover which wines are high in tannin and which ones have low tannin...

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