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Borie de Maurel in the Languedoc

Did you ever have this fabulous picnic lunch beside an ancient windmill? It was an experience visiting Borie de Maurel in Minervois La Liviniere with Matt Stubbs and others. Here, Michel Escande, the owner and winemaker, gave us a tasting of his wines and his wife Sylvie – a professional caterer – prepared this FANTASTIC […]


Exploring La Peira en Damaisela in the Languedoc

  “You must be so lonely!” I say to Jeremie Depierre, the young vigneron of La Peira en Damaisela, technically located in the very hot and fashionable Terrasses du Larzac AOC. This vineyard, with a “barn” of a winery, is located between Grange des Peres and Daumas Gassac — in fact, we visited this place […]


A Visit to Mas de Daumas Gassac

This was one of the first estates I visited a few years back, when Samuel – the oldest son – was kind enough to give me a jeep ride around the red clay of the property, telling me its history and how the family came to acquire it. In 1970 when searching for a family […]


Visiting Chateau de Cazeneuve in Pic St. Loup

  “Welcome!” says Andre Leenhardt, welcoming me to his 17th century winery in Pic St. Loup. It has been a long 18 mile drive from Montpelier, an ancient city near the Languedoc with a vibrant energy. Andre is the passionate owner and winemaker of Chateau de Cazeneuve, one of the top estates in this region […]


Exploring the wines of Pays d’Oc IGP

“These are wines people my age really like and appreciate,” says Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer, an award winning sommelier and mixologist who has been the Spokesperson of Pays d’Oc IGP since 2012. Though he didn’t whip out his driver’s license, he appears to be somewhere in his early or mid thirties and with this statement […]


Visit to Pic St. Loup with Matthew Stubbs MW

Very interesting visit to Chateau de Cazeneuve, one of the top estateds in Pic St. Loup characterized by chalky limestone soils, lots of rain, and a high elevation which allows for good ripening yet high acidity. André Leenhardt,  deeply restructures the estate vineyard and farm buildings in the 1990s. Andre is a very generous man […]


News from Mas Belles Eaux

Is it your dream to buy a winery in the Languedoc? Of course, for many it may be a money losing proposition yet I am excited about the possibility of living a dream life under the warm Mediterranean sun …. … Mas Belles Eaux may be the ideal property, yet it was snapped up by […]


Visiting Regions of the Languedoc

In October we visited the Languedoc — our “base” was Agde, a town with 2,600 years worth of history where the River Hérault and the Canal du Midi meet the Mediterranean. From the 5th century BC, the Phocaeans developed this town into a trading station between Marseille and Spain, which expanded in the fullness of […]


Gerard Bertrand Portfolio Tasting: Premium Languedoc Rousillon Producer Now in U.S. Market

Does the above picture effectively showcase the “dream” of Southern France? That blue sky, with the white puffs of clouds, is real. And from this fresh, sunny climate we also get the wines of Gerard Bertrand, who owns six estates in the Languedoc. Today at a Per Se launch of his 2010 Gris Blanc Rosé […]


La Balette Restaurant at Relais des Trois Mas

  This was such a fabulous restaurant in Collioure, France! It is about three hours from Nimes, and a very cute town. Many artists lived and painted here. Imagine Ibiza with the jetset and you will get a sense of the weather and the scenery. This was one of my favorite restaurants for the scene, […]

Restaurant at Convent Royal, St. Maxim

This is a very nice option for an elegant lunch in St. Maxim, as the area is a very active market place and the usual crowded outdoor cafes abound. The Convent Royal is very quiet, and qutie formal. The food is very good. The menu as I recall is three-course, and the wines a good […]

Hostellerie de L’Abbye de la Celle

Hostellerie de L’Abbye de la Celle This is a fabulous restaurant, especially when the weather is great and one can sit outdoors. Arrived just when it opened and thought the menu quite good and creative. I will find the pictures and load them, here is a link to the web site. Like most top restaurants […]


Visiting Mas Belles Eaux

Visiting Mas Belles Eaux Though Tokaji was the official end to the AXA most generous trip, we had the option of going on to other AXA properties around the world. I love the Languedoc and was very eager to visit the AXA property Mas Belles Eaux.   So Monday morning, myself and another MW student […]


Saint Bacchus 2010 Tasting

…   …so I am here in New York, on the jury panel to taste wines of the Cotes du Roussillon with regard to the Saint-Bacchus awards 2010, a competition originating in Roussillon that has been going on twenty-five years. This is one of my favorite regions in the world, and the La Maison de […]


Sud de France: NYC festivities this summer

  … Now I am sure you’ll agree that there is something slightly decadent about savoring wine aboard the open top of a double deckered bus (painted like big yellow taxi with red baloons) at the start of a warm Manhattan summer. Yet well over a dozen journalists did just that on May 4th to […]


A Languedoc Evening – in New York

… so many of you know that I spent a few fantastic weeks in the Languedoc this summer, guest of a gorgeous Chateau with access to some of the best restaurants in the world. Of course, the thing about the…


Tasting Chateau du Campuget

“After my visit to Miami, I think I am going to start producing wines in a Magnum,” jokes handsome French wine representative, Francois Pages of Chateau du Campuget. “Everywhere I went, people seemed so oversized and built-up, like superheroes!” Yes,…

Wines from the Languedoc

Imagine yourself sitting in an elegant restaurant, the kind where the wine list seems to start at about a hundred dollars, and goes up to three thousand dollars for a bottle of First Growth Bordeaux. You are there for a…