Périgord Wines: Bergerac and Duras

Bergerac Vineyards in Périgord Dordogne France
A view of the vineyards in Razac-de-Saussignac in the Bergerac wine district. Credit: Jill Barth
It was the roses – and the view – that made us pull the car over. Though everyone wanted to make good time, we were compelled to stop, even as other cars whizzed past while we weaseled into a spot across the street from the local cave. Cameras are made with the panorama setting for this purpose: stopping the car in Southwest France’s Périgord. We’d entered the village of Duras, naively thinking we’d quite literally stop and smell the roses, pop a few images and get back on the road to our hotel. We’d woken in Ventenac-en-Minervois and we would hit midnight in the city of Bordeaux. In between: Périgord. This is actually an apt realization of what this part of the country means to Americans – not the Languedoc and not Bordeaux. Yes, ...
The village of Duras in Sud-Ouest France
Vignerons Indépendants du Lot-et-Garonne, Périgord Wine, Dordogne Wine
Wine of Sud-Ouest France
Duras, Périgord Château
Sud-Ouest French vineyards
Organic Biodynamic Vegan French Wine
French country luxury hotel.
Sud-Ouest Wines, French Market, Périgord

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Raven’s Glen Winery attending Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Save the Date August 4 and 5 for the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival. This event takes place in Kirtland, Ohio at the  Metroparks Farmpark. While the focus is on Ohio wineries, beer will also be available. This is perfect for family and friends who prefer different beverages. Thirteen

Valley Vineyards (photo by Andy Neumeier)

Ohio wineries are scheduled to attend. Wineries include: Buckeye Winery, Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard, Chateau Tebeau Winery, Gervasi Vineyard, Grape & Granary, It’s Your Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Raven’s Glenn Winery, The Winery at Spring Hill, The Winery at Versailles, Valley Vineyards, Vermilion Valley Vineyards and Wagon Wheel Wines. For anyone who enjoys beer, three breweries will attend the festival. They include Double Wing Brewing Co, Maize Valley Brewery and Cellar Dweller Brewery.

The Winery at Versailles

A wide range of entertainment is planned. Look for the ...

Alpine Wines of Italy

Italian wines of the Alps.
.Alto Adige Wine with a view! Courtesy: Alto Adige Wines
Several years ago my husband and I drove through the Alps of France and Italy, leaving me with a sense of admiration for the natural abundance as well as the man-made influences of the mountains. We drove through the Fréjus Road Tunnel which connects Modane, France to Bardonecchia, Italy under massive Col du Fréjus. 80% of the commercial road traffic between the two countries travels via the tunnel.
Italy, Switzerland and France - road trip made possible by Alpine passes.
Our European road trips have offered some excellent Alpine views. Credit: Jill Barth
We’ve also crossed the French border into Switzerland on Alpine roads, checking in at the crossing to purchase our road-tax sticker, or vignette. The concept of crossing so easily from country to country, over and through astoundingly huge mountains is fascinating. Writing about the Alpine wines is, for me, one way to understand the lives of the communities ...
Alpine pass from France to Switzerland
Alpine wines of Italy, Alto Adige

Bodegas La Val, a Rias Baixas Winery

Albariño wine from Bodegas La Val in Rias Baixas

Bodegas La Val is located in the DO Rias Baixas of Spain. The winery was established in 1985 by Mr. Jose Limeres Guille. Historically, Bodegas La Val was started in the O Rosal region. In 2003 the winery relocated  to Finca Arantei in Condado do Tea. It was one of the first wineries in the region to focus on using only their own estate grown grapes.  In 2010 the winery was bought out by a group of investors and today the administrators of Bodegas La Val are Fernando Bandeira García and Antonio Ruiloba Molíns.  Now Bodegas La Val has four estate vineyards that cover approximately 60 hectares (148 acres). The soils in the vineyards range from slate to alluvial and granite. The focus of the winery is the popular Albariño grape variety. In addition to producing Albariño wines, Bodegas ...

La Croix de Chaintres Saumur Champigny 2015, Loire, France

Lovely wine – and at the time of posting 20% off at Waitrose, making it £9.59… La Croix de Chaintres Saumur Champigny 2015, Loire, France (£12.79 Waitrose) Lovely fresh and crunchy young wine, gushing with blackcurrant and black cherry flavour with a lightly roasted edge, a hint of tar and even a touch of violet. […]

Fresh Wines from Lazio and Umbria: Falesco

When I wrote in my notes…
Create curiosity and knowledge.

…I knew I’d come to admire Dominga Cotarella.
Dominga Cotarella of Falesco, Italian Winemakers
Dominga Cotarella in the vineyards. Credit: RB Design
Dominga (I’ll use first names throughout, to avoid confusion) is a second-generation producer in the Cotarella family winemaking business, Falesco, originated in 1979 by her father Renzo Cotarella and her uncle Riccardo Cotarella. Dominga and her cousins Marta and Enrica eased into the Falesco leadership roles in 2015. The first generation was all-male, the second generation is all-female. The energy that Dominga and her cousins bring to the transition is indicative of what it takes to maintain buoyancy in the modern landscape of making wine. My conversation with Dominga happened in an entirely modern way, over Skype. We shared a tasting of her wines and a discussion that covered everything: wine, creativity, progress, art, terroir, cuisine and family.  Her theme seems to be the ...
Italian Merlot advocates and growers.
Montiano Merlot from Lazio, Italy
Second-generation female winemakers in Italy.
Tellus Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
Italian vineyards in Lazio.
Italian Merlot
A lineup of fresh summer wines from Umbrian and Lazio

Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile

Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile (£11.99/£9.99 if you buy 6 Majestic) Strikes an attractive balance between quite rich passionfruit and pineapple tropical character and tangier rhubarb and citrus freshness/greenness. One for lightly spiced Thai dishes. B+