by Julie Mautner of The Provence Post
Wine writer Jancis Robinson is known for big books, such as the 912-page Oxford Companion to Wine (currently in its fourth, much-revised edition) and the 1280-page Wine Grapes (which won every major wine book award in the year of its publication). Perhaps that’s one reason her newest title, which just came out in [...]
Sunday October 2
Oh you amazing, magnificent mauzac! How much longer can you make us dance to your tune? A couple of days? A week? Ten days? Just how much longer can you hold out?
(How much longer can we hold out?)
The grapes look beautiful, and they are basking in the sunshine, in no hurry to go any [...]
After a quick foray into the vines to hand-pick grapes for our sparkling wines last week, the harvest went into full swing today, as we machine harvested our Pays d’Oc. On Monday we will continue hand-picking the grapes for our white Limoux wines – and continue doing so, hopefully, until the end. This is two [...]
September 2016 and Jancis Robinson pays a huge compliment to the Rives-Blanques Mauzac, Occitania, making it a “wine of the week”
Mrs Robinson also reviewed all Rives Blanques’ new releases this month, those tasting notes can be found here.
by Marianna Kolokotroni of Oliveology
A rich, authentic version of the familiar Greek favourite from Oliveology
“My cheese, tis plenty” sang the cyclops Polyphemus to the sea nymph Galatea, in what is believed to be one of the earliest references to the cheese we now call feta (the play Philoxenus of Cythera by Theocritus). Homer refers to it [...]
People ask, “When’s your quiet time?” – and we still haven’t found the answer. But it’s not now, that’s for sure: Spring pushes us to step up the planting, ploughing, trellising, weeding, cosseting and caring for the vines as they break into bud and begin their inevitable march towards the harvest – they’re already [...]
by Ian Blackshaw
It is that time of the year again. New Year and, later on in January, it will be Burns’ night, which is celebrated around the world on or around 25 January, the birthday of the Scottish Bard Robbie Burns – so time for the Blackshaw’s, who, as far as we know are [...]
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin’-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace As lang’s my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin wad [...]
Fair and full is your honest, jolly face, Great chieftain of the sausage race! Above them all you take your place, Stomach, tripe, or intestines: Well are you worthy of a grace As long as my arm.
The groaning trencher there you fill, Your buttocks like a distant [...]
One Vacherin Mont d’Or is ideal for four people. Preheat your oven to 200′C, take the lid of the cheese and put on a tray. Make slits in the top and stick garlic cloves and sprigs of thyme into the holes. Season and add a splash of wine. Put in the oven for 10 minutes [...]