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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. […]

May Day An enigma in this month’s La Revue du Vin de France: Mille et mille. Smectite. Monos. 5ha. Cadel aime la flèche which translates roughly into “A thousand and a thousand. Smectite. Single varietals. Cadel loves the arrow”. None of which makes any sense to me. An email arrives. “Are you the enigma in […]

Spring comes to Rives-Blanques skyful of birdsong. We sit on tattered wicker chairs watching the sun sink behind the mountains … and into our glasses of Blanquette de Limoux. They shimmer with light. “This is what life’s all about” Jan says happily, lifting his glass to his lips. In this complete, bird-punctuated silence, you can […]

Saturday March 1 Flying high Nice way to begin the month, with the news that our AOP Limoux blend la TriLogie 2012 has won a gold medal at the granddaddy of all wine competitions, the Concours Général de Paris. This is part of the  competition started by the French government in 1800-something,  to identify  the […]