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What we’ve been drinking over Christmas..

Date: Sun, Dec 28, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Some good bottles …actually some great bottles …were done justice to this Christmas, and theres still New Year to come. Highlights: La Gitana Manzanilla, my favourite sherry bought for me by Jude from Spain – cant buy it here unfortunately as the french don’t seem to acknowledge the existence of sherry; Vatican La Sixtine, rich [...]

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A very merry Christmas to all our clients and friends

Date: Wed, Dec 24, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Thick snow on Mt. Ventoux since last week, Lily and I joined thousands this morning to enjoy some sledging and building this snowman…somewhat reminscent of a certain mayor of our acquaintance this chap. After two hours of fun, freezing hands and hungry we freewheeled the 18kms back home in search of warmth and food. What [...]

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Tasting at Pegau

Date: Sun, Dec 14, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

To Chateauneuf du Pape..again, such hardship..for a meeting and tasting with the village’s arguably most eminent female winemaker Laurence Feraud of Domaine Pegau. This is a property that has risen to stellar hights in quite a short period…her father Paul only started bottling their own wines in the 1970’s, the name Pegau (derived from the [...]

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Chaume-Arnault - a great Vinsobres producer

Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Excursion this afternoon to the village of Vinsobre, one of the 7 Crus of the Southern Rhone and for me the least well known. I visited Philippe Chaume of Domaine Chaume-Arnauld. This is a producer that I came to know via their excellent white wine La Cadène as its on L’Oustalet’s list at Gigondas and [...]

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Chaume-Arnault - a great Vinsobres producer

Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Excursion this afternoon to the village of Vinsobre, one of the 7 Crus of the Southern Rhone and for me the least well known. I visited Philippe Chaume of Domaine Chaume-Arnauld. This is a producer that I came to know via their excellent white wine La Cadène as its on L’Oustalet’s list at Gigondas and [...]

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Chaume-Arnault - a great Vinsobres producer

Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Excursion this afternoon to the village of Vinsobre, one of the 7 Crus of the Southern Rhone and for me the least well known. I visited Philippe Chaume of Domaine Chaume-Arnauld. This is a producer that I came to know via their excellent white wine La Cadène as its on L’Oustalet’s list at Gigondas and [...]

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A full report on the 2008 WSET Rhone study tour from Linda Piggott-Vijeh

Date: Mon, Dec 1, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The following is the report of Linda Piggott-Vijeh on her visit to La Madelene in October for the 2008 WSET wine tutors study tour. Linda is a multi-talented lady whose experience covers professional cooking, hotel inspecting, training in the advertising world as well as wine , cookery and french teaching. She also finds time to [...]

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Mourchon gets us in the Christmas spirit….

Date: Sun, Nov 30, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

With great elan Domaine de Mourchon’s annual Marche de Noel has kicked off the festive season. Wonderfully decorated the winery has been given over this weekend to about 25 stalls selling everything from Christmas decorations, antiques to books and toys. Lily and I went along and enjoyed catching up with some friends, a mince pie [...]

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Alary comes tops in Decanter tasting

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Decanter’s December issue includes a blind tasting of named Cotes du Rhone villages…the 18 villages that have the right to show their name on the label and that sit within the aoc heirarchy between Cotes du Rhone villages – no name – and the Crus of Gigondas etc. I was delighted to see that Domaine [...]

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Alary comes tops in Decanter tasting

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Decanter’s December issue includes a blind tasting of named Cotes du Rhone villages…the 18 villages that have the right to show their name on the label and that sit within the aoc heirarchy between Cotes du Rhone villages – no name – and the Crus of Gigondas etc. I was delighted to see that Domaine [...]

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Whistler Christmas wine Quiz

Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The following is an article I write regularly for Brighton community newspaper the Whistler: Are you Brighton’s biggest Wine Brain?   One of the drawbacks of being a professional wine tour operator is the occasional wine “ know it all” whose pleasure is derived from scoring points off fellow travellers, myself as tour leader (obviously a fun target) [...]

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Mt Ventoux stage chosen for amateur’s legendary Etape de Tour

Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The Etape stage is chosen…its coming our way. La Madelene will host a cycling party via specialists cyclomundo who will take part in the Montelimar-Ventoux stage on the 20th July next year…full details:  L’ETAPE DU TOUR 2009 Monday 20th July Montelimar to Mont Ventoux, 172km “Ride a classic mountain stage of the Tour de France” Last visited in 2000, the Etape du [...]

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Mt Ventoux stage chosen for amateur’s legendary Etape de Tour

Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The Etape stage is chosen…its coming our way. La Madelene will host a cycling party via specialists cyclomundo who will take part in the Montelimar-Ventoux stage on the 20th July next year…full details:  L’ETAPE DU TOUR 2009 Monday 20th July Montelimar to Mont Ventoux, 172km “Ride a classic mountain stage of the Tour de France” Last visited in 2000, the Etape du [...]

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Mt Ventoux stage chosen for amateur’s legendary Etape de Tour

Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The Etape stage is chosen…its coming our way. La Madelene will host a cycling party via specialists cyclomundo who will take part in the Montelimar-Ventoux stage on the 20th July next year…full details:  L’ETAPE DU TOUR 2009 Monday 20th July Montelimar to Mont Ventoux, 172km “Ride a classic mountain stage of the Tour de France” Last visited in 2000, the Etape du [...]

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