from France - Fall, 2016
Mac is traveling south-eastern France and checking out some of his favourite
wine venues; he is sending along some photos and notes on
his travels for PrestonWine
Anncey, 25 October, 2016
Annecy is a winter summer resort located
on a beautiful lake in the French Alps within easy striking distance
of Megeve, Chamonix, Mont Blanc and
is located in the viticulture area of Savoie whose climate is
modified by the lakes and the lower western slopes.
Familiar varieties include
Pinot Noir, Gamay, Monduese
plus a bunch of cultivars you have never heard about.
Quality has improved since I first passed through this
area fifty years ago and again five years ago.
Tain-l'Hermitage, 30 October, 2016
The view from a hotel room in
Tain-l'Hermitage looking across the Rhone to the West Bank
town of Tournon.
This is Syrah
Central in the world of wine. Hermitage,
and Saint Joseph
represented by famous producers such as
The sweet smell of fermentation fills the air
but a string of successful vintages does not seem to be
trickling down to this town of 6,000.
... more to follow as we move
south to Ménerbes.
Southern Rhone - Côtes du Rhône
Region, 11 November, 2016
Mont Ventoux, at 1911 meters, dominates the Southern
Southern Côtes du Rhône,
led by Chateauneuf du Pape, have, for many years, provided a
world standard for the production of wines made from
Grenache, Mourvèdre and
area is warm and getting warmer, but some innovations are taking hold.
a heat seeking grape, is replacing
in some areas because the latter grape can get flabby and lose its
pepper under hot conditions. Grapes like
are also being planted at higher altitudes.
The Dentelles de
Montmiral is a mountain chain that backs the
of Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise. The higher altitude
plantings provide a fresher more balanced wine than those found at lower
hiked some of the extensive network of trails that cross these mountains
and found plantings up to 400 metres on mainly limestone alluvial
east, the imposing Mont Ventoux Massif also provides kilometres of high
altitude slopes for cultivation of the vine.
a region to watch.
We will soon be
enroute home... just in time for the arrival of our Spanish (Montsant)
frozen musts and juices - the last of our Harvest 2016 offerings.
Looking forward to seeing you all...
in vino veritas....