Category Archives: Languedoc

Hollywood & Vine? The Latest in Wine Themed Movies

Wine-themed movies used to be few and far between. Indeed, the topic of fine wine was thought to be box office poison prior to the success of “Sideways” in 2004. Fortunately for us wine lovers, major independent and documentary film distributor First Run Features has been taking on more such titles for theatrical and/or home video distribution. In just the last few months, First Run has released three wine-themed movies.
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Best of Hospice du Rhône 2012

Report on 172 wines tasted at the two Hospice du Rhône grand tastings this year, including new finds (for me): Kale Wines, Keplinger, Paul Lato and Torrin. Also some great Chateauneuf-du-Papes and Northern Rhônes. Continue reading

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Languedoc-Themed Euro Lunch

We started with a sparkling wine, a Crémant de Limoux, and proceeded to a flight of dry whites, including two Picpoul-de-Pinets. A flight of verticals of L’Oustal Blanc and Mas de Daumas Gassac followed. The L’Oustal Blancs were very good, and the ’90 Daumas Gassac was terrific. We continued with a flight of younger reds, the best of which was the ’05 La Pèira En Damaisèla — quite a wonderful wine. We concluded with two peculiarly Languedocian sweet wines: a Rivesaltes and a Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois Vin Doux Naturel. Continue reading

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Domaine La Tour Vieille Collioure and Banyuls

How often does one get to enjoy an evening devoted to the wines of Collioure and Banyuls? All I know is, this was my first. The venue was the semiweekly blindtasting group in this area that has been going for over 30 years. The organizer of these tastings, who normally provides all the wines, had collected wines for several years for this tasting, which is very cool, as Collioure is such a tannic, powerful red that it requires some bottle age to reveal its depth and complexity. Continue reading

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Thinking Pink: My Top 2 Dozen Rosés for 2010 Summer Drinking

As usual, my favorite rosés this year come from Southern France, especially Bandol, Tavel and Provence, where they have perfected the art of making rosé, somehow achieving the perfect combination of acidity and minerality that make these such ideal food wines. You almost can’t go wrong picking a rosé from these regions, where the pink stuff tends to be made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsaut and sometimes Syrah or Mourvedre. Continue reading

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Visit to Domaine Alain Chabanon

My lifelong friends Philip and Ida introduced me to the wines of Alain Chabanon on my first trip to the Languedoc in February ’06, when we not only tasted his wines with some bottle age on them out of Ida and Philip’s cellar at Rives Pres, their home in the Languedoc, but also at the Domaine. I had the opportunity to return to the Domaine on my recent third trip to the Languedoc this past May, to taste through Alain’s current vintages (followed by tasting of a couple samples of prior vintages over lunches at Rives Pres). Alain’s wines continue to impress, and I am not alone in thinking that he is one of the most talented winemakers in the Languedoc. Continue reading

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Mas de Daumas Gassac tasting with Samuel Guibert

Friends in London, who also spend a lot of time at their vacation retreat in the Languedoc, introduced me to the Languedoc wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac on one of my trips to London several years ago. This tasting, at Terroir in San Francisco, was an opportunity to hear from Samuel Guibert, son of the founder of the winery, about the family’s winemaking philosophy, and some of their best vintages. Continue reading

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