• Ferocious Focus,  France,  Winery

    Cahors: Struggle and Innovation

    The last two posts of ferocious wines focused on rootstocks (see here and here). In this post, I want to briefly introduce Cahors, France, a wine region nearly devastated by phylloxera. Cahors is a red wine made from grapes grown in or around the town of Cahors, France. Cahors, the region, received appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) status in 1971. Under the AOC, the dominant grape variety is Malbec, which must make up a minimum of 70% of the wine. The AOC wine may be supplemented…

  • Stories

    Ferocious Memories

    Ferocious wines create ferocious memories. For the initial post of ferocious-wines.com, I would like to share my seminal wine experience, my first ferocious memory. I had previously submitted this piece to a writing competition organized by the wine critic Jancis Robinson. It didn’t win, but it was published, which was nice. When I was in my final year of high school, sometime ago, my parents took a trip to Bordeaux and returned with several bottles of wine. My father was particularly excited about one bottle…