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Diary of a Vineyard, May 2017, an insight from Rives Blanques

by Jan Panman

Tuesday May 2

We wind up our visit to New York with a degree of satisfaction: our wines seem to be going down well with the restaurants and wine merchants we meet.

They certainly go down well with us – that is, the sommeliers and wine buyers, who buoy us up with […]

Book Giveaway: from one expert to another

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, […]

Day-by-day on a knife edge – October’s diary of Chateau Rives-Blanques’ vineyard

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 […]

The 2016 harvest at Rives Blanques is well underway.

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 […]

A celebration for Occitania . . .

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.


Blessed are the cheesemakers: barrel-aged feta

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 […]

Rives Blanques’ Vine Lines in May

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 […]

Haggis and Wine . . . Finding the perfect match for the New Year

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 […]

Ode to the Haggis for your supper on 25th January (for a true Scot)

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 […]

Ode to the Haggis for your supper on 25th January (a translation)

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 […]