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It's that time again!!! Menu for Hope V!

Date: Mon, Dec 15, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The 2008 Menu for Hope charity event starts today! I spent some time browsing through all of the wonderful prizes that are available and it made me hungry and thirsty! Now it's time to narrow down the list and put...

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Phew! I'm back, finally!

Date: Wed, Dec 10, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirl wind. It's very interesting, I spent a good part of my trip meeting people that I had "met" solely thanks to the internet and the " blogosphere" as they...

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It's in the bottle!

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Mise en Bouteille Vidéo envoyée par lagramiere Here's a short clip of bottling yesterday. As always we couldn't have done it without our friends! Thank you Anne-Elisabeth, Léonore, Jean-Marc, Fatima, Kirstin, Nicolas, Moon et Lise!!!

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A busy week!

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

It's going to be a busy one! We're bottling the 2007 La Gramière blend on Wednesday so it's rush, rush, rush getting everything organized. Mostly it's rearranging things in the cellar, moving the pallets of bottles out into the courtyard,...

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Bottled by hand

Date: Mon, Nov 10, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Now we're talking artisanal. In 2007 our favorite vineyard called "Lauzettes" which is 100% grenache planted in the 70s, fermented very quickly, we put it in the tank and within 5 days it was dry, aside from a daily pumpover,...

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And then they celebrated...

Date: Thu, Nov 6, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The call went out around noon yesterday, and everyone wanted to join the celebration. Champagne was drunk and we all raised our glasses in jubilation!

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French Winery Websites, Blogs, and internet media threatened

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

For several months now there have been rumblings in the French government concerning the application of a nearly twenty year old law aimed at prohibiting wine advertising to internet advertising. They have even go so far as to propose prohibiting...

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Labor of Love: Meet our Menu for Hope Winners!

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

As many of you food and wine blog readers know, Pim of the blog Chez Pim has sponsored for the last couple of years a holiday fund raiser which this year benefited the UN World Food Programme. Over $90,000 was...

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Full Disclosure

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

That's a term I see from time to time on wine blogs when they want to let people know that they received a certain wine as a sample and didn't purchase it, so I thought I'd borrow it here to...

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Full Disclosure

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

That's a term I see from time to time on wine blogs when they want to let people know that they received a certain wine as a sample and didn't purchase it, so I thought I'd borrow it here to...

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Putting the wine to bed

Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Well, that's it, it's finished, we've now pressed everything off and put it back in a tank to rest for the winter, and hopefully do it's malolactic fermentation. I say hopefully because everyone is saying that the malos aren't happening...

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A short harvest video

Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Pressing white 2008 Vidéo envoyée par lagramiere Here's a video I shot of us pressing the white grapes. It took me awhile, since I was having trouble getting my computer to download it! It was taken with my handy dandy...

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The sorting table at Clos de Trias!

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

PICT0018 Vidéo envoyée par lagramiere Here's the new sorting table in action at Clos de Trias. The picking bin unloads onto the table by gently shaking the grapes. The sorting table vibrates to move the grapes down the table and...

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Lending a hand

Date: Mon, Oct 6, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Since we have a small operation and our harvest tends to be a bit earlier than some of our friends, they often come to help us pick and then I often spend a few days helping everyone pick too! Last...

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