So here I am in Ampuis at the "Discover Rhone" festival that happens only every two years. The wines this first day are from Cote-Rotie and Condrieu. It is in one venue and all the producers you expect to be here are.
I knew I would see people from Manhattan, and run into fellow wine media guild member Morton Hochstein. A little later, I met in person Faith Wells from Hospices Du Rhone in California – I am going there for their April festivities.
The first booth I stopped t was M. Chapoutier, as I toured their winery and vineyards this past summer with Jeremy Steimer as my guild – I may see him at the party tonight in Hermitage. Odile Miseryy, export director for Europe, guided me through the tasting. Next was E. Guigal, where I saw Stephane who lead me on another tour there this past summer, and met the President of E. Guigal, Marcel Guigal and his son.
I also enjoyed a great conversation with Eric Texier and his wife, and we discussed reasons he is so popular with wine geeks in New York.
During the buffet lunch U net Charles R. Johnson of the college of Williams and Mary, and at the "Magnum Party" that evening in the same space met many winemakers and enjoyed some great wines from magnums, which appear to be more popular in Europe than America.
There were two master classes in which the 2010 vintage was discussed and pronounced perfect. Also, a vertical tasting of both viognier and syrah with the ten year old wines holding up fabulously. Now off to Hermitage