Three recent publications: Chateau Figeac, Languedoc and Rhone

Here are three recent publications, all in the same issue of one of the world’s leading wine magazines: The back side of Chateau Figeac in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux with vineyard in the foreground Frédéric Pourtalié, Domaine Montcalmes, with big rocks called “tetes de mort” head of dead people or skulls. Terrasses de Larzac. Languedoc. Terroir […]

Something for the cardinals to contemplate

There was a time when selecting a Pope was a matter of world politics. There was a time when who was going to become Pope was cause for murder or even war. There was a time when the Pope was not in Rome. There was even a time when there were two Popes at the […]

Rhone pictures in Decanter

Earlier this year the UK publication Decanter Magazine (self proclaimed “The world’s best wine magazine”) had a feature on wines from the southern Rhone Valley. They covered regions such as the Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape etc and the wines and vineyards of all southern Cotes du Rhone. Some of the photography that they featured was from […]

Snow in the vineyard.

The Le Meal vineyard. The Hermitage vineyards on the hill behind the city Tain-l’Hermitage, on the steep sloping hill, stone terraced. Sometimes spelled Ermitage. Vineyards under snow in seasonably exceptional weather in April 2005. Tain l’Hermitage, Drome, Drôme, France, Europe [Seemed like an appropriate image choice a day like this] – Vineyards and snow, stock […]