A Gigondas from the Cellar

During a visit to Gigondas last fall, I had lunch with Thierry Faravel, proprietor and winemaker at Domaine le Bouïssière. Thierry and his brother Gilles are second generation vignerons, tending vines planted by their father Antonin, who grew grapes for the co-op for 41 years (not uncommon in Southern France). The family vineyards are in Gigondas,…

Sustainable Wines for Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day. Ask any winegrower the number one ‘ingredient’ in their wine and they’ll answer: terroir. The land. The Earth.

This post is a roundup of some of the recent sustainable and biodynamic (biodynamique in French) wines that I’ve highlighted on L’occasion and elsewhere. (And one recommendation for the beer lovers.)

{French Wine: Rhône Valley Road Trip}

“Do not search in a wine for the reflection of an exact science. The formulas of scientific oenology are only a thin competition which does not know how to respect the mysteries of eternal creation.”  ~The late Jacques Perrin, Château Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape   If only lightly familiar with French wines, Champagne or Burgundy probably pop…