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Does French wine pair well with space?

A dozen bottles of fine French wine sent to space to age for one year

A European start-up sent a dozen bottles of Bordeaux to the International Space Station to find out. The wine was sent up from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia last month. It will remain at the space station […]

Choosing the right wine in French Restaurants

Ian Blackshaw offers some suggestions

One of the delights of France is going out to eat, with such a wide choice of places to suit every taste and every pocket, ranging from the humble Estaminet (the French equivalent of a Pub) to Michelin Starred Restaurants. In fact, someone one said there’re three decisions to make […]

Dog Days at Rives-Blanques, July 2015

JULY 2015 VINE LINES The regular newsletter on the wines, vines and times at Rives-Blanques

by Jan Panman Cépie 22 July 2015

It’s the Canicule! A stultifying, stupefying, grinding, relentless, unforgiving and exhausting heat not experienced in over 100 years, they say … but the grapes are magnificent: no sign of stress or thirst […]

Toques et Clochers

Toques et Clochers is a two day festival and charity auction whose proceeds go to the renovation of the 42 villages church steeples of the four-terroirs Limoux appellation area of the Aude.

Each year, a different village is selected to host the festival and raise funds for next years beneficiary, also to celebrate the recent […]

Our star of March’s cheese board is Mademoiselle Marilyn Camembert

There are two Camemberts; the traditional and AOC designated follows a 1791 method which uses raw milk, and a more industrial process which is naturally more readily available.

A young cheese has a milky sweet taste, it’s hard and crumbles. As it matures the rind acquires a bloom and centre a runny texture. It has […]

Rives Blanque’s Vine Lines

This has already been a momentous year, even though it has hardly started.

Yet the blaze of brilliant sunsets splashed across our horizon nearly every day this month surely portends a beautiful and better tomorrow – which is what we wish you.

Well, the good […]

November amongst the vines at Rives-Blanques

“Bubble bubble toil and trouble” a fermenting barrel, one of the main actors in this month’s Shakespearean drama

Incredible that exactly a month ago we were sitting down to our harvest lunch, back-slapping and smugly congratulating each other on a very good harvest.

Since then, we have traversed the mysterious terrain that lies […]

Today, October 1st is Cuve day !

This month we are celebrating Cuves – or Vats.

I am assuming that in Republican France we were talking about wooden wine storage vessels, the sort that have been replaced with the glistening huge stainless steel tanks that hold our annual rumbling fermentation.

It’s the right time of year for the fermentation so I’m probably […]

Vine Lines for September – Harvest Time !

September is already on its final lap, but our harvest hasn’t even got past the starting block.

True, we did a bit of moonlighting and quickly nipped in for a drop of zesty machine-harvested reserve for our country wine one night last week, but as for the rest? Pouf, as they say en francais, […]

September’s cheese is Saint-Nectaire

Hermine is holding ‘le petit rond’ of Saint-Nectaire. Her strange position in held in the Chez Felix restaurant in the 17th. Saint-Nectaire is an Auvergne cheese, made from cow’s milk. It could be believed that it tastes of grass and nuts, but not being a grass-eater I can’t vouch for that bit. The Auvergne is […]