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  Monday January ! 2018 Another year, another vintage! And it begins warm and wet.  But full of hope and promise …     Tuesday January 2, 2018 This is a very good way  to start the year.   Paul Strang, winner of the Prix Gourmand for his book on the wines of the south west of […]

Saturday 2 December !  No rain, no … but snow! Ahmed is pruning.  He begins this gargantuan task only when the last leaves have fallen from the vines . “It’s good’” he says, “it’s so good for the soil when it snows.  It’s like a fertiliser.  I don’t know why, but it is.” And then […]

Wednesday November 1 Never judge a book by its cover, they say,  but I don’t think they thought that  when they put together Dutchwoman Janna Rijpma’s selection of her top 101 wines in her new  guide written for women (only).  Pretty spectacular, have to say. Contents are pretty good as well: truly wonderful bottle shots, […]

Monday October 2 Well, we have certainly struck gold.  Our late harvest Chenin blanc, Lagremas d’Aur – which means tears of gold – has gone and won itself not one, not two, but three stars from the brand-new Guide Hachette 2018. It is the only wine labelled IGP Pays d’Oc that was so highly rated.  It […]