Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Back From France

Tues 30 Sept 2008

A week ago today I landed in France to spend a few days in the vineyards of the southern Rhône during vendange (harvest). We were a group of 12, mostly students (or alumni) of the Northern Wine Academy. Our base for the trip was the pretty town of Vaison-la-Romaine and we spent the days visiting various wineries. We spent a lovely day and a half at Domaine Roche-Audran, a biodynamic winery near Buisson, with Vincent Rochette, as well as half days at Domaine de Mourchon (Séguret), Domaine des Escaravailles (Rasteau) and Domaine de Villeneuve (Châteauneuf-du-Pape).

We had lovely weather and ate and drank far too much! Highlights on the food front were lunch in the vineyard at Domaine Roche-Audran, a meal with matched wines at Bistro du'O in Vaison and our final lunch at Verger des Papes in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

At the moment I'm a little bit grenache-d out but I'm hoping to bring you more detailed highlights (and even photos!) from the trip over the next few days.

In the interim, I draw to your attention a wine survey being run by Wine Sooth. Even though the background article's title mentions the 'average American' Arthur is happy to have responses from across the world.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Colin said...

and I thought you'd be coming back with an aching limbs and back from picking grapes!

9:08 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

So did I!!!!!

8:45 am  

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