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I fell in love with wine when my uncle decided to buy three vine parcels in Chateauneuf-du-Pape to re-create the family vineyard, Domaine du Banneret, which originally dates back from many centuries.

As a CPA, I initially made the financial plans for the loans and participated in the first and and all harvests. It was during this joyful epoch that I met with my future American wife, Kristin.

I started then to offer my uncle's wines to US importers and then embraced the wine world.

Now, besides Domaine du Banneret where I am also involved in the wine making, I distribute a portfolio of "boutique" french wines in the US.

In my dreams, I have often imagined that running a small vineyard just by myself would actually be a realistic project. And whereas I was not expecting it to happen, I was offered in November 2006, 25 acres of old vines with a great potential "terroir". Rouge-Bleu was born...

Besides wine, I am also in love with my family. It is composed by my wife Kristin who is the wonderful writer who created the very famous site www.french-word-a-day.com and who gave me the idea to start my own wine blog, my son Maxime who is a fan of Zinedine Zidane and Tony Parker and my adorable daughter Jackie who can outswim us all.

Cheers,

Jean-Marc Espinasse