Those who have followed me while I was blogging at French Wine A Day might recall those 2 posts I did in 2005 and especially in June 2006 after my visit in the No CA wine country. At that time, I had been so impressed by the quality of the wines, and especially coming from old Zinfandel vines, that I had seriously considered moving there...But a few months later, Rouge-Bleu vines came to me and started our great wine venture.
Well... last Holidays, I had the chance to come back to this area and visit with many wonderful and so welcoming producers such as :
Joseph Swan, Pellegrini, Wind Gap, Unti, Mauritson, Carlisle and Dashe.Tasting and sharing the knowledge for this real endogenous CA grape (Zinfandel since we can now assume that it has muted) has been a true pleasure and has reminded me that Europe is definitely not the only place able to produce fine - elegant wines. And walking inside this block of 105 years old vines made me felt like I was almost...home :
Well, we are now back in Provence with our dear old babies for another exiting vintage venture. We will start pruning the vines soon and bottle in two weeks the 2009 rosé which is already to drink and quite expressive in aromas.
Next March (03/08 to 03/22), I will be back to the US for many visits and fun tasting. I will be working soon with event dates and will let you know as they are set.
A bit of "business" now : Most of our importers have now brought the Dentelle red 2008. It is fresh and spicy style, a bit lighter than the 2007 and should do very well with light meats and curries. if you would like to get some, don't hesitate to drop an email to our importers to see where is the nearest retailer in your State. And if they don't answer you, don't hesitate to let me know, I will be happy to do the follow up.
Talking about distribution, I just found out with pleasure that a very nice Portland OR restaurant (Serratto) is pouring Rouge-Bleu and Banneret (my Uncle's from Chateauneuf du Pape) as "Flight of the month". The little kid Dentelle red 08 gets to play in the same courtyard as its big brother from Chateauneuf du Pape and that is a true honor.
At last, it is now time for me to wish you our best for 2010