My Next Book…

November 13, 2011

Jean Valeix, an English widow, is the owner of a fabulous vineyard in the wine village of Saint-Emilion. But her cherished château is struggling to sell its produce. A handful of people, among them a charming middle-aged Scotsman, a jaw-droppingly beautiful girl and a talented autistic boy, will change her life completely. But not all of her visitors are who they claim to be. All she needs to do is find out who’s telling the truth – oh, and save her business from bankruptcy and solve a murder, too. Only then might she discover that sometimes even good things come in threes.

Viticulture and poetry, mental health and mortality all tumble, along with the cabernets and merlots, into the fermenting vat of the author’s first fictional creation: Broke the Grape’s Joy.

On sale on Amazon from the 30th of November 2011…


Claribès Wins Bronze at IWC

June 15, 2010

Congratulations to Helen and Nick at Chateau Claribès in Gensac near Sainte Foy whose latest wine – Vieille Vigne Malbec – has just been awarded a Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge in London.  This award follows stars from the renowned French wine guide the Guide Hachette and goes to prove that British winemakers are pleasing palates on both sides of the channel!  You can visit Helen and Nick’s organic vineyard, taste their wines and stay in the gite next door to the Chateau – click here for details.


Where can I learn more about wine?

March 27, 2010

From today’s Independent – Traveller’s Guide To: Wine journeys in Aquitaine…

“Among the courses on offer in the region, French Wine Adventures offers two-hour introductory sessions every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm during the season for €15. They are run by Caroline Feely, who, with her husband Sean, makes wine at the Château Haut Garrigue in Saussignac. The sessions begin with a tour of the château’s organic vineyard before moving inside for a more formal explanation of the appellation system, followed by a tasting. Feely also runs classes specialising in the grand cru classe wines, and a food and wine matching class takes place every Thursday afternoon at 3pm during the season; the cost is €25.”

Full atricle here…


Wines of La Tuilerie in Cavendish Square

March 14, 2010

Chateau de la Tuilerie is the family wine estate of Chantal Comte, a progressive and charismatic winemaker with a passion for art and culture. This month Chantal’s daughter Diane is hosting a tasting of Tuilerie’s wines on the 25th of March in London’s Cavendish Square. You can sample the delightful Costières de Nîmes reds, whites and rosés at the Maison de la région Languedoc Roussillon:

Thusday 25th of March from 2pm to 7pm, 6 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PD

 

Château de la Tuilerie ‘Grenache Blanc, Viognier’ 2008 Costières de Nîmes

Northerly Mistral winds and sea breezes from the coastal plain cool the vines and create the fresh, lively character of this grenache/viognier blend. Aromas of white blossom, peach and pear-drops leap out of the glass.

For details of staying at Tuilerie’s sumptuous Bastide de Fabrègues click here.


Côtes de Bordeaux

March 11, 2010

My very good friends Chrystelle and Jean-Marc Lirand, owners of Chateau Roche-Pressac near Saint Emilion, explain the new ‘Côtes de Bordeaux’ labelling.  Here’s the video from the French TV station TF1… 

Roche-Pressac is a must for lovers of rich, mineral ‘côtes’ wines; Chrystelle is the head of the Order of the Brotherhood of Castillon Wines, and a great cook too. www.laroche-pressac.com

The côtes vines at Chateau Roche-Pressac


Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter – Feb 20th

February 11, 2010

Taste, enjoy and learn about dream Bordeaux wines at this exceptional Encounter.  You can taste 300 fine Bordeaux wines and meet over 70 winemakers. Wine writers Oz Clarke and Michael Schuster will be there to sign their latest books as will yours truly, along with travel guide publisher and eco guru Alastair Sawday.  Yet another COMPETITION will allow one lucky winner to spend a weekend at one of my favourite wineries. It’s Chateau Carbonneau, a fabulous 19th-century manor house and Sainte-Foy Bordeaux vineyards owned by franco-kiwi couple Wilfred and Jacquie Franc de Ferriere.  Here’s a picture of the house and their beautiful Bouvier Bernois!


Staying in French Wine Country

October 25, 2009

Jancis Robinson is a fan of Anne Gros’s wines; fabulous Burgundy Grand Crus.  Anne has an immaculate contemporary guesthouse called La Colombière in the heart of the village of Vosne-Romanée. “I tried to book there for my tasting trip to Burgundy in late November,” Jancis writes in her excellent website www.jancisrobinson.com, “and she was already fully booked.”  Anne’s place is popular with wine buyers and journalists, holidaymakers and winemakers; make sure you book early!

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To read Jancis Robinson’s notes on the book – French Vineyards – click here.

For full details of staying at La Colombière – click here.