Rhone Part 7, Sunday: We are in the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape today. We park near the tower…

… We park near the tower and survey the gravel, limestone, and clay soil in these hallowed vineyards. The Grenache vines are very old, thick, and twisted, just beginning to sprout new shoots for the Season. The Syrah vines are distinctly thinner in appearance. As we descend into the village, the bell tolls; it’s SundayContinue reading “Rhone Part 7, Sunday: We are in the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape today. We park near the tower…”

Rhone Part 5, Friday: Tastings in Chateau de Grignan then on to Chateauneuf

Chateau de Grignan This chateau is a large imposing facility high on a hill. Dozens of wines tasted. A great representation of Rhone. Now on to Chateau de Suze-la-Rousse, the home of the Wine University in the area. The wines of Grignan, Vinsobres and Cotes du Rhone, Cotes du Rhone Villages, are marvellous here. ForContinue reading “Rhone Part 5, Friday: Tastings in Chateau de Grignan then on to Chateauneuf”

Rhone Part 6, Saturday: we drive from home base in Cairanne to a chateau and then to Pont-du-Gard…

… In Pont-du-Gard to visit with 39 wineries who’ve set up for the day. We’re in the shadow of the Roman aqueduct & bridge. A very picturesque setting. We taste wines from Tavel – home of famous rosé wines, Lirac and many more Cote du Rhone wines. Memorable wines: – ’09 Domaine Coudoulis Cotes duContinue reading “Rhone Part 6, Saturday: we drive from home base in Cairanne to a chateau and then to Pont-du-Gard…”

Rhone valley part 4 continued…

Rhone Part 4, Thursday: it warms up quite a bit today with lots of sun. Beautiful Gigondas village is a setting of stone edifices, narrow lanes and steep hills. I’m tasting Gigondas, Vacqueyras, & Beaumes de Venise today. I’m finding truly excellent and affordable wines here. The further south I go, the more robust andContinue reading “Rhone valley part 4 continued…”

Rhone Part 3, Wednesday: in Tain L’Hermitage, an attractive village on the Rhone. On the way we visit a centuries-old village…

… called Châteaubourg complete wth castle. It has a veritable fairy-tale look. Now we’re into the Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray. Whereas yesterday’s wines were quite delicate, many of today’s have more body. The big wineries, like Jaboulet, are in fine form, but the really interesting stuff is among the smaller producers. I’m meetingContinue reading “Rhone Part 3, Wednesday: in Tain L’Hermitage, an attractive village on the Rhone. On the way we visit a centuries-old village…”

Le Bistrot des Clercs par Michel CHABRAN in Valence, France. 3 course Michelin meal for 22€.

The famed chef has 4 locations. This one in the old part of the city is run by Mrs. Chabran who greeted us warmly as she ensured the best wine & service. The duck with reduction, quinoa, & roast potatoes please the palate. The lively clientelle and ambience are infectious. – Posted using MobyPicture.com

Rhone Part 2, Tuesday: I am in Ampuis, South of Lyon to taste the red wines of Cote Rotie & St. Joseph…

Côte-Rôtie is just 3 km long, comprising 7 or 8 hills. St. Joseph is a longer region along the river. I taste mostly 2008, 09, & 10. They’re still young yet show impressive potential. I am pleased with Domaine Louis Chèze. I score 5 reds 90 to 91. D. de la Faviere St. Joseph ’09Continue reading “Rhone Part 2, Tuesday: I am in Ampuis, South of Lyon to taste the red wines of Cote Rotie & St. Joseph…”

Rhone Valley Part 1, Intro: There flows a mighty river out of Switzerland into France then south into the Mediterranean…

The Rhone is home to big wines from such iconic appelations as Crozes-Hermitage, Cotes du Rhone, and Chateauneuf du Pape. I am visiting about 20 of them this week. Follow with me as we experience them together. Part 1. – Posted using MobyPicture.com