Welcome to our latest installment of #WinephabetStreet. In this series, Debbie Gioquindo and I will be working our way through the wine world by way of the alphabet. Each month we will take the next letter in the alphabet and learn the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.
P is for Picpoul
Picpoul can trace its history back to the 17th century when, along with Clairette, it was the basis of the then hugely popular Picardan that was exported from the Languedoc to Northern Europe. Its plantings dwindled after the onslaught of phylloxera at the end of the 19th century as growers resorted to hardier and more disease resistant grapes.
Records from the early 17th century indicate that it was blended with Clairette (another white Rhône varietal) to form the popular sweet Picardan wine (not to be confused with the Châteauneuf du Pape varietal of the same name) which was exported by Dutch wine traders from Languedoc throughout Northern Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. After the phylloxera invasion at the end of the 19th century, Picpoul was not widely replanted. Today it is best known from Picpoul de Pinet, the crisp light green wine of the Pinet Region in the Côteaux de Languedoc.
In My Glass
Variety is the spice of life and we have loads of options for you to choose from in order to listen. Ready to listen now? Just click the play button.
Can’t listen right now, no problem, click the title link and you will be brought to our homepage where you’ll have the option to download the podcast.
Don’t have time right now or prefer to listen on the run? We are on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, RSS Radio, Overcast, Pocket Cast, TuneIn and Stitcher. We’d appreciate you clicking the subscribe button on your favorite podcast app and please take a minute to review us. Each review will help others to find us!
Podcasting not really your thing? No problem, You can watch a replay of the live stream video on our YouTube channel or right here. I hope you enjoy!
Our next episode of Winephabet Street will air on Monday, October 15th at 8pm EST. You can sign up for a reminder here. The letter of the day will be Q and it stands for Quarts de Chaume. And don’t forget to head to our Winephabet Street website to find out more.