from France - 2015
Mac is again checking out some of his
favourite wine venues in France and this year.
Gigondas, 27 October, 2015
autumn weather, a hotel with a great kitchen and wine cellar situated
next door to a winery with mountain vineyards scattered about and many
Gigondas in Provence, France... YES!... with another vintage heading
to the barrels.
Another sunny day in the village square in Gigondas
with people and dogs enjoying a beautiful fall afternoon.
Menerbes in the Luberon area of Provence, 29 October,
A vineyard of
Counoise grapes tucked between a hill and a line of olive
trees at Menerbes in the Luberon, Provence.
Counoise is a blender adding
pepper and acidity in wines with other more known grapes such as
and Carignane. The grape
plays a part in the Chateauneuf de Pape
Bandol, Mediterranean coast, south of France, 4
The town that gives the
Bandol wine region its name, fronts the palm-studded
In this sunny corner of France, the wines
are mostly fleshy red and rose wines made from
Mourvèdre with Grenache
Noir and Cinsault
as secondary blenders. The appellation is small, extending north in a
bowl where elevation controls the limit of vine production.
The Dordogne, France, 7 November, 2015
The Dordogne: Castles, perched
villages, wine and plenty of duck on the menu.
The wine varieties mostly reflect those
grown in Bordeaux but at a much lower price... more laid back
than the pace and hype of the greatest Chateaus in the wine world to the
west. Even on its own, it is a nice place to visit.
Will be returning to Ottawa soon and look
forward to arrival of our Spanish Harvest 2015 grape juices and musts.
in vino veritas....