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Friday 2 June Today and yesterday, two “fruit days” in a row, descending, waxing  moon, a mix of rising and ebbing tides: not the best days in the world for bottling wines, but by no means the worst. either.  Besides, there wasn’t much choice. And we’re very happy!  Voilà the new 2016 Occitania, made of […]

Tuesday May 2 We wind up our visit to New York with a degree of satisfaction: our wines seem to be going down well with the restaurants and wine merchants we meet. They certainly go down well with us – that is, the sommeliers and wine buyers, who buoy us up with their fearless enthusiasm for […]

Proverbial April showers, proverbial April flowers, proverbial April birdsong – the place is full of proverbial  April, positively burgeoning, blossoming and blooming –  and it is wonderful.  Seldom seen an April like it.  Even the drabbest, deadest, most dour looking vines are full of fecundity, and positively exuding hope and eternity.   Rives-Blanques is alive […]

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 […]