Terroir & Landscape

  Terroir What is terroir? It’s a little word with a big meaning. It sums up all the various factors the vine experiences in the environment where it is growing and in turn this affects the style of the wine. Wine without the influence of terroir will just be deliciously fruity whereas terroir driven wines will express a sense of the...

Saturn God of Agriculture

Saturn is the god of agriculture and I think I have found at least 2 domains that are clearly in the hands of the Gods… The Languedoc is a huge place but I normally spend all my time at the Carcassonne end but this year I found time to venture further afield and in June I managed to meet a...

Wine & Food Matching

Matching food with wine is an art and a skill that anyone can learn and experiment successfully with once you know the basic rules. It’s true that there are some classic food & wine marriages such as smoked salmon & champagne, Port & Stilton, Foie Gras & Sauternes and although they are magical matches there is nothing mystical going...

Last bastion of peace in the South of France

‘Where are all the people? ‘ is the question I am asked almost every time I run a vineyard tour in the Languedoc-Roussillon. It’s so quiet and not at all touristy with no traffic jams and sleepy little villages. It’s like stepping back into the 1950’s with shops closing long hours for lunch and never open on a Sunday....

Chateau Combebelle – Daring To Live The St Chinian Dream

Château Combebelle – Daring to live the Saint Chinian Dream. Ask most little girls what they want to be when they grow up, and I’ll wager a fair few say ‘a vet’ or ‘a nurse’ or even ‘an air stewardess’. But Catherine Wallace had dreams way above the common or garden expectation! Wine was where it was ‘at’ and that’s...