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Old World wines still rule if you are prepared to pay just a little more

Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The following is a piece that I wrote for Brighton’s community newspaper The Whistler: In the past few years French wine sales have taken a battering in the UK. Australia has now been joined by California as the most popular supplier of wine to the Brits. The attraction of New World wines is obvious: the [...]

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New Wine Spectator Rhone scores out..

Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The 30th November issue of Wine Spectator gives James Molesworth’s new scores for hundreds of Rhone wines including most of La Madelene’s french wine tours partners. Amongst those who came out of this review with flying colours was Florent Lancon’s Domaine de la Solitude. …and [...]

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End of season feast with friends…

Date: Sun, Nov 1, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last night we were joined by friends Tonita, Tracy, Chuck and Stephen for a fabulous end of season feast….around the log fire. Tonita had brought fresh Pansotti from Liguria (yummy parcels of fresh pasta containing ricotta cheese and borage, cooked simply in butter, sage and pine kernals). [...]

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The Swedes hit La Madelene

Date: Sun, Sep 27, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Just finished a wonderful week here hosting Lars Rystadius’s wine tasting group from Sweden - 11 wine fans who have been touring European vineyards and tasting wines together for the last 13 years…what a wonderful bunch of people and what an appetite for life and wine. The pics show our visit to Domaine Montirius - [...]

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Camargue and Arles: wonderful!

Date: Mon, Aug 31, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Just back from a two day break in the Camargue staying at Arles over night. Wonderful! We were the last car on the chain ferry at Salin-de-Giraud; we walked alongside hundreds of flamingos at the Etang du Fangassier; Saw white horses and bulls; Lily had  her second med swim of the year at the busy [...]

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Florent Lancon’s magnificent new baby…

Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

At Domaine de la Solitude last week we were treated to a tasting of Florent Lancon’s latest creation ( following on the heels of his superb 100% Grenache special cuvee Cornelia Constanza). This time its a sublime vendange tardive dessert wine made from Roussanne , Clairette etc, a rich gold colour , honey and marmalade, [...]

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What we were drinking last week

Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last week’s Selected Domaine’s tour scored a hit with our lovely client Elizabeth Mullins from Manhattan, NYC - she wrote in our guest book: “The trip truly exceeded all my expectations”. Thanks Betty, it was a pleasure having you with us, for the record this is what we tasted , in just 3 days!..At La [...]

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Autumn study tour - a unique chance to participate in the harvest

Date: Wed, May 13, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Northern Wine Acadamy/La Madelène Rhone Wine Holidays –Southern Rhone Study tour 2009     Itinerary – Tour commences: Wednesday 30th September   Tour assumes guests take the 9.00am Liverpool-Nimes Ryanair flight. Guests are picked up from Nimes airport in our Mercedes Vito at 12.00pm, arriving at La Madelène for late lunch, on the terrace if weather permits. In the afternoon [...]

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Recipe of the season

Date: Tue, May 12, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

 This is our current favourite, a recipe given to us by our great friend Tracy, works brilliantly with a full style of Rhone white like the delicious organic Cotes du Rhone blanc ( a Roussane/Clairette blend) from high vineyards in the Dentelles at Domaine de la Ferme Saint Martin. Sage, Florence Fennel and Ricard Pasta   For 4: 6 [...]

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Domaine Mourchon wins Parker acclaim - 92-95!

Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Robert Parker has been raving about the 2007 vintage …most of the wine press headlines are dedicated to his assessment of Chateauneuf du Pape but lesser AOC’s have also been winning accolades not least our friends and tour itinerary partners over at the magnificently situated Domaine Mourchon at Seguret. Here’s what the grand man had [...]

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Domaine Mourchon wins Parker acclaim - 92-95!

Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Robert Parker has been raving about the 2007 vintage …most of the wine press headlines are dedicated to his assessment of Chateauneuf du Pape but lesser AOC’s have also been winning accolades not least our friends and tour itinerary partners over at the magnificently situated Domaine Mourchon at Seguret. Here’s what the grand man had [...]

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Domaine Mourchon wins Parker acclaim - 92-95!

Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Robert Parker has been raving about the 2007 vintage …most of the wine press headlines are dedicated to his assessment of Chateauneuf du Pape but lesser AOC’s have also been winning accolades not least our friends and tour itinerary partners over at the magnificently situated Domaine Mourchon at Seguret. Here’s what the grand man had [...]

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La Madelene’s winter wine course goes down well

Date: Thu, Feb 19, 2009 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The last few weeks have been given over to delivering our winter wine course…for ex-pats living in the Vaucluse area. We had a lot of fun, visited some great domaines, tasted some really good wines and Jude excelled herself in the kitchen. Here’s the report of one of our participants Mark Sullivan, from Michigan USA, [...]

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