Images of Vaison-la-Romaine and Puyméras

Images of Vaison-la-Romaine The town of Vaison-la-Romaine.   The old town - off to taste some wine.   Vincent Rochette of Domaine Roche-Audran.   Looking east towards the town of Vaison-la-Romaine from the appellation's most westerly commune, St-Roman-de-Malegarde. This is effectively the north-facing slope behind Cairanne.   Villedieu, one of the five communes that make…

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Images of Gigondas

  Domaine du Cayron 2011, 1991 and 1971 - the year it was awarded its own appellation   The Faraud sisters of Domaine du Cayron; Delphine, Rosaline and Cendrine   Gigondas village, surely one of the most picturesque in France   Louis Barruol of Chateau de Saint Cosme in the new Grenache conservatory   The new winery at Domaine Santa Duc   Yves Gras of Domaine…

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Shortlisted for a Roederer!

  I heard this week that I've been shortlisted for an award - Online Communicator of the Year for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. I was asked to submit a couple of articles from work that I published last year, so I chose The kingdom of the blind and Undeniable class - the panel must have enjoyed them. Since the awards are international in scope there is a lot of…

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Images of Laudun and Chusclan

Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun     The village of Laudun, from the valley floor   Sandy soils of Laudun, and drip irrigation - an increasingly common site in the Southern Rhône   Joséphine Arnaud of Château Courac in one of their vineyards   Roman artefacts that have been dug up in the vineyards of Château Courac - a coin minted in Sicily   Côtes-du-Rhône…

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Images of Cairanne

  Denis Alary of Domaine Alary with a map used during Cairanne's promotion to Cru   One of Domaine Alary's galet-strewn vineyards on the Montagne   Romain Roche, Domaine Roche   Alluvial soils of the Garrigue   It does rain here occasionally...   Bruno Boisson, Domaine Boisson     Lighter gravelly clay soils of the Terrasses de l'Aigues   Loïc…

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Images of Sablet and Plan de Dieu

Images of Sablet     The village of Sablet   The sandy soils of lieu-dit La Piaugier near the village   Thibaut Chamfort, Domaine La Verquière   Cheval Long towards Séguret   Les Briguières towards Gigondas   Images of Plan de Dieu   Endless vines, looking towards Mont Ventoux (centre) and the Dentelles de Montmirail (right)   Ancient river…

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The Rules of BYO

Many of us have a few ‘special’ bottles in our collections but finding the time to drink them can prove surprisingly tricky. We don’t all have the skills or the space to cook a meal for friends at home, so one solution is to open treasured bottles in a decent restaurant. But with different policies, corkage charges – and with some restaurants refusing outright – what’s the best way to proceed?…

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Images of Valréas and Visan

Images of Valréas   Looking north to the town of Valréas   Caroline Bonnefoy in full mistral!   Atop the Massif de la Côte, looking south   Jacques Coipel, Mas de Sainte Croix   L-R: Paul-Henri Bouchard, Domaine des Grands Devers; Emmanuel Bouchard, Domaine du Val des Rois; Aurélie Lardet, Maison Lavau; Julien Coipel, Mas de Sainte Croix; Stéphane Vedeau, Clos…

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Images of Tavel

  AOC Tavel - 100% rosé.   Limestone soils to the west of the village known as Lauzes   Raphaël de Bez, Château d’Aquéria, joined his father and uncle at the estate last year   Christian and Nadia Charmasson of Balazu des Vaussières, whose natural Liracs and Tavel are now in Vin de France   Les Vignerons de Tavel, cave co-operative

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Beaumes de Venise: the hidden red of the Southern Rhône

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – and her sister, Pippa. Andy Murray – and his brother, Jamie. Beyoncé Knowles – and her sister, Solange. Having a more famous brother or sister can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it brings the benefits and opportunities of a star-studded surname. On the other, cynics may doubt the depth of your talents and it’s hard to escape the shadow of your sibling. So…

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