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Gourmet Provence tour: November 2010

Date: Mon, Mar 29, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

 The best Gourmet Provence tour available…a collaboration between La Madelene and fanatical foodies Kevan and Jennifer of Leaf Travel…available W/C 15th/22nd/29th November 2010. Wine, Olive oil, Goats cheese, Truffles….a complete immersion in 3 days + dining in the finest restaurants of the Vaucluse!   Gourmet Provence: [...]

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“The next big thing…Grenache”?…according to Wine Spectator

Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The lead story in this month’s Wine Spectator is all about the emerging stardom of Granache and Syrah in the USA. Hot on the heels of the Grenache Symposium , see my blog entry earlier this month, Rhone varietals seem to riding the zeitgeist. In their editorial Wine Spectator’s James Laube comments: ” It wasnt [...]

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The Domaine Mourchon wine tour video….

Date: Sun, Mar 7, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Thanks (again) to ace film makers Jon and Jess…

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The superb Domaine de la Janesse now part of our network

Date: Wed, Mar 3, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

I am delighted to announce that the famed Chateauneuf du Pape estate Domaine de la Janesse will become part of our network this year. This large estate producing nearly 250,000 bottles annually ( though only a small part of this is CDP) has risen through the ranks over the last 20 years to the very [...]

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The International Grenache Symposium…just up the road this June

Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Thanks to the indefatigable Walter McKinley our “coin” as the French would say will host the first International conference ever to focus exclusively on that great unsung hero of varietals: our very own Grenache or Garnacha. It takes place at Crestet our neighbouring village over the weekend 4th-6th June . The objective is to provide [...]

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Domaine Bouletin: A charming family making wonderful wines

Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

To Beaumes de Venise for a rendezvous with the Bouletin family, very lovely people making wonderful wines…not particularly well known outside the area.. but on the strength of my tasting deserve to be. Jerome and Fabienne Bouletin’s 30ha estate is unusual in that it comprises Vacqueyras, dessert Muscat and from the 2009 vintage Cru level [...]

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Monday morning Beaumes de Venise

Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

To the village hall at Lafare in the Dentelles for a tasting of the 2009 Beaumes de Venise vintage as a guest of Camille Nosworthy from Saint Amant. And on a Monday morning too …I always have that delicious sensation of “bunking off” on such [...]

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Tasting at a top class Vacqueyras: Domaine la Monardiere

Date: Sat, Jan 23, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

On a beautiful crisp morning I took myself off to meet Damian Vache at renowned Vacqueyras producer La Monardière. This is a Domaine that has risen to the highest ranks of the aoc in a remarkably short time…though wine has been made on this 20h [...]

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Decanter chooses its top value Rhones

Date: Wed, Jan 20, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

That tireless Rhone taster and author John Livingstone-Learmouth selects his best value Rhone wines in the February issue of Decanter ( www.decanter.com) Magazine. Pleasingly our tastes coincide: amongst the 10 wines that he highlights 8 are from the Southern Rhone and these include some of our absolute favorites, regulars on the dinner table here at [...]

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Biggest snow fall in Provence for 40 years

Date: Sun, Jan 10, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

At least that’s according to our neighbouring farmer…we certainly have a white out here in Malaucene…as the old lady who I passed en route to the village today said:”c’est jolie mais ce n’est pas practique”…too right madame, we have had a 40 hour power cut meaning no central heating or hot water since friday morning, [...]

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Party Time at La Madelene

Date: Mon, Dec 21, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

With snow all around us and a temperature of -3 degrees, our Christmas party on saturday night kick started the holiday season….around 40 friends gathered in La Madelene’s chapel to eat, drink and boogie…..amongst our many guests were the vignerons Philippe Gimel of Saint Jean de Barroux, the Gely’s of Champ Long, Vincent Rochet of [...]

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Our partners Cuvee de Vatican get the “Hot Legs” treatment!

Date: Mon, Dec 14, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQyyfvKZaBI&feature=youtube_gdata

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Introducing La Madelene..on film for the first time!

Date: Wed, Nov 25, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Thanks due to ace film makers Jon and James…

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Malaucene’s garage wine maker- Philippe Gimel

Date: Thu, Nov 12, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

I had become aware of the mysterious Philippe Gimel owner of the Ventoux winery Saint Jean du Barroux via some Danish guests who spoke highly of his efforts. As our season had slowed down I finaly found the time to seek the man out, hear his story, and taste his wine. And what a truly [...]

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