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Every harvest presents its own challenges, and this one is no exception. Most challenging of all has been the weather. They say – actually, we say too – there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ harvest, there are only ‘bad’ winemakers, who haven’t responded to the weather’s challenges in the right way. But when […]

We were getting more than a little worried last month.  It was cold, it was rainy.  The grapes were sour, and so were we.  The sky scowled (and so did we).  And then suddenly the calendar’s page turned, and the month’s mood with it. Right now the sky is a brilliant blue, the grapes are […]

August didn’t come to Rives-Blanques until the moon struck mid month: then the quietly pressing matter of the harvest became more insistently pressing.   That is when we returned to France from Ireland where Jan had been sailing his little dinghy of the Ette class, called BlanquEtte (of course).  The truth is that BlanquEtte didn’t […]

Ouf! as they say in French. It’s all fireworks and brimstone this month:  there’s the 4th of July and there is the Quatorze de Juillet.   And then there is also a catastrophe of cataclysmic proportions as hail sweeps over vast tracts of the Minervois,  Cabardes,  Malepere and Carcassonne, wiping out between 20% – 100% […]

Some times you enjoy good weather.  Some times you love it to bits.  Right now, we are loving it to bits.  Good weather well timed is 喜喜, that is, double happiness.  Happiness twice over, or whatever.  There is some point in good weather when you don’t need it; but  there is every point when you do. […]