Clos Massotte – Pure Roussillon Beauties

It isn’t every day that you stumble upon great tasting, well-made, clean and stable natural wines.  In fact – and I’ll be castigated for saying this – a large amount of these wines is pretty poorly made.  Worse, too much bad natural wine is bring imported for the sake of being natural and not necessarily quality. […]

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Summertime!

Summertime!

After a brutally long winter that never really seemed to want to let us go, summer has finally arrived in all its glory.  And, at least in the Northeast, glorious it is.  Warm but not too hot, with relatively low humidity so far, as of this writing (June 24th).  Let’s cross fingers and hope the […]

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It’s that time of the year…

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when the leaves turn orange, the birds fly south, and the grapes ripen on the vine. Harvest. Old-vine grapes being picked at Clos Bagatelle in St Chinian Back in 2006 I worked the harvest in Burgundy, and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy, and I was […]

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InterMezzo Visits

Domaine Sauvaire-Reilhe’s 16th Century tower After Millesime Bio, I had some time before the next round of shows in Angers, in the Loire, so I headed off to Crespian, in the Coteaux du Languedoc, north of Nîmes. Yes, I was going to be abusing my palate some more, er, I mean tasting more wine, but […]

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Millesime Bio 2012

Every year, a horde of thirsty wine buyers makes its way to Montpellier for the annual Organic and Biodynamic wines trade show, Millesime Bio. It doesn’t hurt that the show takes place in the South of France, where the ambient temperature upon arrival was 60F. For reference, despite a relatively mild winter, when I left […]

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A Week in the South of France

  Yeah, there are worse places to be in early summer. Sometimes, despite all the difficulties, there are some nice aspects to this job. I spent a week travelling back and forth between the Languedoc and the Rhone, visiting my current and potential wineries.   I started off at La Bouscade, my Minervois producer that […]

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A Day in Saint Chinian

Where? Look at the map. If it looks like the middle of nowhere, then you’ve got the right idea. During my stay in Europe, I had a chance to pop over the border and visit my Saint Chinian producer, Clos Bagatelle. There, I was greeted by Luc and Christine, the brother and sister winemaking team […]

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Big News: A New Addition to the Portfolio!

OK, OK, I know, this isn’t huge news, but this doesn’t happen very often. I am infinitely picky and annoyingly slow at adding wineries to my portfolio, but then again that’s how I work, so deal with it. However, I am happy to announce that I have decided to add this winery, Clos Bagatelle, to […]

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Two Days in the Languedoc

Only happy Picpoul grapes here! I next found myself in the far South of France, only an hour’s drive from the Spanish border, where the sky is bright blue and the sun’s dappled light inspires artists, philosophers, and writers. Except that when I got there it was cool, grey and rainy. Just my luck… I […]

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The Thrill of Discovery

Obviously not me, but I like the picture The other day I wrote about how I get tons of samples, and how I really need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince amongst them. And it’s quite true, though many people still think I’m spoiled with all the free booze. Yeah, well, […]

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Vinotas in the News!

Photo of a tasting in Narbonne published in “Le Paysan du Midi”, August 3rd, 2007 (That’s me in the middle, scribbling notes)

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Two Great Meals in the Languedoc

After finishing my last post, I realized that my description of our buying trip might have been a tad harsh. That was not at all my intention. I was just trying to convey what we experienced during our stay in the region as wine buyers. It was a lot of hard work, but I’d do […]

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Languedoc Day 1: Near Death Experience

The Cross of the Languedoc I arrived in the Languedoc to see if I could find the few gems of quality that are starting to poke out of this crescent-shaped slice of France. Though it was known more for swill than quality wines, the region is changing, if ever so slowly. And if the French […]

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