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The 2008 WSET wine tutors study tour

Date: Mon, Oct 27, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Over the last few days we have hosted the 2008 WSET wine tutor’s tour of the Southern Rhone. There were many highlights notably : Nick Thomson of L’Ameillaud gave a fascinating perspective of the economic evolution of wine making in the region and the lobbying process that Cairanne is going through with the INAO to [...]

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New member of the family

Date: Sun, Oct 26, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

When Coco mysteriously disappeared Jude and I agreed he was irreplaceable..and he was in the sense that he had a very special personality for a young cat, a very appealing combination of affection and gravitas/cool. However within weeks we find ouselves with another, about the same age as Coco and with many of his mannerisms…a neighbour [...]

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Autumn colours and late vendange

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The fabulous colours of October are back, the vineyards ablaze with orange, red and purple, it all looks spectacular at this time of year….some of the Ventoux vignerons are yet to start the vendange , these photos were taken yesterday afternoon, some desperation methinks for a little more sun ripening…we’ve certainly had some lovely days [...]

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Autumn colours and late vendange

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The fabulous colours of October are back, the vineyards ablaze with orange, red and purple, it all looks spectacular at this time of year….some of the Ventoux vignerons are yet to start the vendange , these photos were taken yesterday afternoon, some desperation methinks for a little more sun ripening…we’ve certainly had some lovely days [...]

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Coco is missing feared dead

Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

 We all have  very heavy hearts in our house since Coco went missing on sunday. After extensive searches and canvasing the neighbours we can only fear the worse. The local consensus is that he was taken by a fox or shot by hunters.  It makes me so mad that idiots with shotguns can kill other [...]

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Coco is missing feared dead

Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

 We all have  very heavy hearts in our house since Coco went missing on sunday. After extensive searches and canvasing the neighbours we can only fear the worse. The local consensus is that he was taken by a fox or shot by hunters.  It makes me so mad that idiots with shotguns can kill other [...]

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To Chateau Juvenal for a book launch

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Jude and I were pleased to have been invited by our friends Anne-Marie and Bernard Forestier to a book  launch held in  the lovely grounds of Chateau Juvenal The book in question is a marvelous tome  - Patrimoine Gourmand des pays des  Ventoux - a history of all things culinary in our immediate area of Ventoux, [...]

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11th birthday party - brownies, swimming and “ses copains”

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Lily, or lillie as she prefers to be known, celebrated her 11th birthday with a pool side party and 6 of her school mates….a breakthrough as last year she was way too shy to have french girls chez nous. A good time was had by all - no one to my knowledge being permanently damaged [...]

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The Tour comes back to the Vaucluse and Mt. Ventoux

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

Hoorah! Last thursday Claud Haut the president of the conseil general du Vaucluse announced that it had been decided that the Tour de France’s penultimate stage next year will be from Montelimar to the summit of the greant de Provence..Mt. Ventoux, all glorious 1910 metres of it. The date the riders make their ascent of [...]

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Not looking good for the vintage…

Date: Sat, Sep 13, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

After the second…maybe third…electric storm in the last 4 weeks and a torrential downpour on thursday night, real drama, vignerons are looking increasingly anxious re the outcome of the harvest. Took some clients across to Chateauneuf du Pape friday morning and the road in from Courtezon was closed due to flooding, had to take them [...]

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Wines we drank with the Irish

Date: Sat, Sep 13, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Cant quite believe it but this was the roll-call of beauties we sipped ( quaffed in some cases) with our guests from Dublin over the last two days: Whites   Domaine des Bernadines, Muscat sec “Dore” 2007 (Thurday lunch) Domaine des Bernadines, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2006 (Friday dinner) Domaine Durban, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2006 (Thursday dinner) Coteaux [...]

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The New Wine Geese

Date: Sat, Sep 6, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The following is from a piece I write bi-monthly for the Brighton community newspaper the West Hill Whistler: Ireland is better known for whiskey and Guinness rather than wine, however the Irish Wine Geese have long played a small but not insignificant role in the French wine industry. How so? After the battle of the Boyne [...]

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Mid-summer soiree at La Madelene

Date: Sun, Aug 17, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last night La Madelene hosted a musical soiree to celebrate mid-summer and share some of our favourite wines with friends. About 50 guests joined us in the garden to hear Domingo, Julien and their base player play south american rythms and bossa nova; canapes etc prepared by Jude, friend Tonita and guest professional chef Nick, [...]

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Taking “The” Telegraph to Vieux Telegraph

Date: Mon, Aug 4, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Had the pleasure of taking 8 lovely ladies from the Telegraph and Zenith Optimedia out to lunch on friday…sometimes this job is a tough one. At Verger des Papes ( of course, at my usual table) we drank appropriately enough Vieux Telegraph , the 2005 vintage. So well did this number suit the palate of [...]

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