Sablet. A sensuous Southern Rhone wine from one of the most romantic villages in France.

What a fine experience it was to have a vertical tasting of Sablet wines all the way back to 1990 here in Sablet. And great to meet Jean Autran from Domaine de Piaugier. Outstanding wines of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Rustic yet elegant, rich, yet sometimes delicate.  Sensuous flavours in the glass. Sablet is aContinue reading “Sablet. A sensuous Southern Rhone wine from one of the most romantic villages in France.”

Rhone Valley wine region in 7 days

Visiting the Rhone Valley wine region I had the good fortune to visit the various Rhone valley wine regions for seven days. The areas within are visually beautiful. The wines of the North can best be described as elegant and delicate. In contrast, the wines of the South are rustic and full of personality. Probably myContinue reading “Rhone Valley wine region in 7 days”

On the lookout for truly great red wines? Look into this one. Structure, balance, and very impressive

What do we have to do to get truly great wines? I don’t know about you, but personally, I’m not impressed often enough with the red wines people bring to the house when I’m entertaining. Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful for the gift, and even more thankful that they’ve come so I can enjoyContinue reading “On the lookout for truly great red wines? Look into this one. Structure, balance, and very impressive”

Beautiful Gigondas village, in the Southern Rhône, is a setting of stone edifices, narrow lanes and …

My recent visit to Gigondas, Rhône, France. Beautiful Gigondas village, in the Southern Rhône, is a setting of stone edifices, narrow lanes and steep hills. I am here to taste the iconic wines of the area: Gigondas, Vacqueyras, & Beaumes de Venise. I’m finding truly excellent and affordable wines here. The further south I goContinue reading “Beautiful Gigondas village, in the Southern Rhône, is a setting of stone edifices, narrow lanes and …”

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…”