Rainbows

Okay it’s official.  The end of the rainbow has been localized. If I thought the place was magic before now I have proof. The…

Our intern

This is our intern Alexis –  his mom and Manon, his sister.  They are our neighbors – proof you don’t have to go far…

The expert

The expert in question is Jeanot Gautié, our neighbor.  He has probably harvested grapes every year since he started walking.  And that’s a lot…

Ventilo 2012

Here’s little preview of this year’s rosé.  In the photo it’s still grape juice but that won’t last….

Press walk

There are ten independent winemakers in Douzens (population 750).  This, strangely, isn’t the source of discontent, Shakespearean rifts or drunken knife fights – we…

Harvesting at Marie’s

The grapes are ripe! The harvest has begun. The first of many collective harvests was this weekend with our friends Marie and Laurent who…

Blending day

the measuring vat – seen here VERY full – the winemaker loves risk / fears nothing Today was blending day!  Today the small vats,…

Cirl Bunting

Introducing the cheese man – Matthieu – pictured above.  I’m sure he has just said something clever — he has an “I’ve said something…

The Belgian plumber

Antoine and Béa (our Belgian friends) with the daring couple in Toulouse At the beginning of the summer I delivered some wine to La…

Pies ‘n’ Thighs

My beautiful sister Sarah (plus 1), in front of her Brooklyn restaurant Pies ‘n’ Thighs.  Yup, that’s our Ventilo in her hands.  The rosé…

That’s organic !

All obvious bird references aside… I have come across many a natural marvel in the vineyard – while doing some repetitve task or another…

The Bottling Man

The red car that lives in front of the winery We were visited by the bottling man. It wasn’t a surprise; it had been…

La Joupatière

This is La Joupatière.  It’s a really really old acre of vineyard that we saved from being pulled up, and yes that’s me, trying…

Canopy management

Before After Field trip!  Vineyard post.  There are some very exciting moments in vineyard life.  I’m not sure that this would qualify as one…

House beautiful

When I read design magazines – which is rarely – I have noticed that, at least in France, they place their “design” objects in…

Rugby

Rugby is the national sport of Douzens (my village of 750) and Saturday night there was a final.  Toulon played Toulouse.  We were for…

Labeling

Last week Didier, my father-in-law André and I spent the day putting labels on bottles and bottles in boxes.  I made a super interesting…