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Annual Tavel Tasting - with Michel Bettane!

Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

It's that time of year again, crunch time! I have 10 days to finish the tastings and write-ups for the Bettane & Desseauve Grand Guide des Vins de France. So I've been spending my days going over my notes from...

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A very good feeling!

Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

As you can see from these pictures we finally finished pruning everything this weekend. We had just the mourvèdre left, which we always leave until the end. My brother-in-law Billy was here again, and lucky him, he got to finish...

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Decouvertes en Vallée du Rhône - 6 days of amazing Rhône wine tastings!

Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last week was a very busy one, but lots of fun. It was the 5 edition of Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône, an amazing event sponsored by InterRhône, which is sort of the governing body that oversees all of the...

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Signs of Spring and a pruning marathon

Date: Sun, Mar 15, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

For the past 10 days now Matt and I have been pruning every single day, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, every day. We get up have breakfast, read the paper online, pack a lunch and then head out the prune, prune, prune!...

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Changing of the Guard

Date: Fri, Feb 27, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The finalists for the American Wine Blog Awards have been announced over at Fermentation, and sadly I wasn't among them this year! BUT, what is exciting is that there are lots of new names out there. Except for Tablas Creek...

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Slide show deleted, sorry!

Date: Sun, Feb 22, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I've deleted the slide show from my last post, I tried to get rid of that awful music, and didn't succeed. I turned it off on my computer and then forgot about it when I saved my post! The other...

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A visit to Castillon du Gard

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

I have a long history with the village of Castillon du Gard, I'm not sure that I've ever shared here on the blog. You see, one of my first trips to France, back in 1992, I spent the summer as...

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Vinus TV

Date: Mon, Feb 16, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last August during the European Wine Bloggers Conference, there were two guys seemingly always behind a camera and a microphone. I really didn't get a chance to meet them until the last day, but I am so happy I figured...

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A Very Wet Winter

Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a winter with so much rain. Last week it rained almost every day here, and I mean pouring rain. It seems like it has rained regularly since the month of November....

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Matt's got a "new" tractor!

Date: Thu, Feb 5, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I say Matt, because, I still lay claim to our 63 Massey-Ferguson. Last week Matt pulled the trigger and bought a slightly newer tractor so that we don't run the Massey into the ground. The "new" one is an 83...

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Back to back Biodynamic seminars- Part 2

Date: Tue, Feb 3, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

As I said, the second seminar I attended was just one week later at La Ferme Saint Martin , a winery in Suzette, which is in the heart of the Beaumes de Venise appellation. Guy Jullien, who has now been...

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Back to back Biodynamic seminars- Part 1

Date: Mon, Jan 26, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Completely by chance, I was invited to participate in 2 different bio-dynamic seminars, held about a week apart. The first one was held at Mas de Libian in St Marcel d'Ardeche, about 40 minutes north of here, and animated by...

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Now entering our 5th year !!! and some thoughts on Terroir...

Date: Tue, Jan 13, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Quite frankly I find this very hard to swallow, 5 years already?? I feel like it was just yesterday that we were down in Calce with Gérard Gauby learning how to prune our gobelet shaped vines. I started counting the...

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Holiday Recap

Date: Mon, Jan 5, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

As you well know, I took a break from blogging over the holidays, and it was in truth, very nice. We had lots of family here, some wonderful dinners and drank lots of great wine! No surprise there huh?Here are...

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