Category Archive for: ‘Diary of the Vineyard’

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 […]

Sunday October 2 Oh you amazing, magnificent mauzac!  How much longer can you make us dance to your tune?  A couple of days?  A week? Ten days?  Just how much longer can you hold out? (How much longer can we hold out?) The grapes look beautiful, and they are basking in the sunshine, in no hurry to go […]

Thursday September 1 September blazes through the bedroom window, violently blue and full of sunshine. “Another beautiful day”, Jan remarks gloomily. Damn!   Friday September 2 There’s no rain in sight, that’s the bad news. But the good news is very good indeed.  The authoritative wine guide, granddaddy of them all, The Guide Hachette,  has published its […]

Sunday August 7 A really rainy day today, but then, this is Ireland.  And thank goodness for that too, otherwise we might have believed ourselves to be in paradise, taken there by a string of beautiful blue days knitted together by shining sun and sheening  seas.  No sailing today,   so we do what you do in West Cork […]

This is the month when the grapes form tight little bunches and start growing. It’s a major milestone on the road to the harvest.  It’s also the month of the Tour de France, passing not through our village this time, but through Carcassonne, which is close enough.  It’s the month when the Music Festival of […]