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Thursday 2 March We get home from Zurich just in time for the bottling today.  The weather is balmy and springlike.   Birds are tweeting and blossoms are blossoming. Couldn’t be better. The bottling goes without a hitch, it’s almost too good to be true. So that means the last of the Pays d’Oc 2016 has […]

January was pretty cold: a number of days and nights below 10 degrees, but not in succession, thankfully.  Cold is good for the vines, but even they can have too much of a good thing.  But no rain, which is what we really want.   It seems that much of the traditionally dry parts of the […]

Sunday January 1, 2017 We hope for the best.  The first day of the first year burned itself out full of promise: shepherds’ delight.  You can’t help feeling optimistic, no matter what.   We  like re-phrasing Hubrecht Duijker’s trademark comment: wine can help us forget the problems of the world, but we won’t let the […]

Saturday December 3 Every one has heard of the FT.  In Holland it translates into a look-alike  FD, the country’s leading business and financial newspaper, printed on the same characteristic pink pages as its English cousin. And the FD’s Saturday edition comes complete with a resplendent glossy weekend magazine, today’s  with Angela Merkel’s face all […]

Tuesday November 1 Kids are winding up their  trip to Canada today, promoting Rives-Blanques wines to the Quebecois. The Economist talked about “nice cuddly Canada” last week – but the Canadian customs officers were not.  Perhaps they had been primed and knew that there was a big wine fest going on, or else they were […]