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Jamie Oliver’s website visits the Languedoc

This spring, the editor of Jamie Oliver’s website visited the Languedoc to learn about the local food and wine culture.  This visit resulted in a flurry of new food and wine videos and posts (and even more wine posts and food posts) on the website (which receives 3.7 million viewers each month!)  It’s very exciting to see hundreds of people are already watching the videos just a day or two after they’ve been uploaded.

Jamie’s a big cooking personality and he’s got a dedicated following of unpretentious food lovers.  Giving that audience a glimpse into kitchens and wineries in the Languedoc Roussillon is a big boon!  So hurrah!

It was a real pleasure showing Danny (the editor) around some of the region’s winemakers and chefs who like to work from scratch and put a lot of love into their work just like Jamie.

Here are a couple of the videos featured on the site:
Jerome Ryon, chef at La Barbacane in l’Hotel de la Cité de Carcassonne

Ryan O’Connell, Liz O’Connell and Ben Darnault talk about wine in the Languedoc Roussillon


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VinoCamp Languedoc 2011 – Videos

VinoCamp Languedoc was a huge success with well over our expected 130 participants and a healthy number of winemakers. And lots of videos!

I am overjoyed at how much of the VinoCamp has been put online.  This post will focus on video coverage. People hovered around with video cameras all weekend and then toiled away at the editing room before uploading a lot of that footage to the Internet.

First, I’ll highlight the video efforts of a couple of youngsters in Aude running a video editing and communications outfit called Agence 22h43.

This is the short documentary they did about the event which succinctly relays all the key points. I think it’s really great. And, for a limited time, they are offering DVDs of their coverage on their website.

They also did several longer interviews if you’re hungry for more.

Jean Caizergues, President de la CCI Carcassonne

Anne Victoire Monrozier, Miss Vicky Wine

If you want to see allll the videos they did about VinoCamp (and all the videos they do on the rest of the region), check out their agency blog and youtube channel.

Another wonderful video was made by Raphaele Beyssier of 11 Le Magazine.

11 Le Magazine isn’t even an official communications sponsor of the conference, but Raphaele attended out of a genuine curiosity for what was happening in the region. We really appreciate the coverage, video and written.

And one other stand out video reporter was Nina Izzo from Lost In Wine. While I tend to post really heavy unedited clips of all the sessions, she’s taken the time to cut entire sessions into smaller segments that deal with one or two specific issues.

For example:
Qui sont les médias forts et pour qui?

Check out the rest of her videos on her blog or the Lost In Wine youtube channel.

Many participants had shorter, but equally excellent video contributions like this portrait of Christiane Morties filmed by Obiwine.

I’m sure some videos have escaped my notice and I apologize for not posting all of them here. Feel free to add them in the comments and don’t be afraid to self promote! As long as your video shows the character of the conference, you’re actually promoting VinoCamp!

There’s also some streamed footage of the general ambiance, I believe uploaded by Gregoire Japiot, co-organizer of the event.

And obviously, my own unedited efforts are posted on the O’Vineyards
Winemaker Blog for those who want to hear full sessions about wine blogger ethics or Success Stories and Fail Stories.

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Eggenfelden Market in Carcassonne – Place des Halles

I just attended the Eggenfelden Market (Google Map of Eggenfelden) in Carcassonne.  It’s a new Saturday market positioned in between the markets in the Place Carnot and the permanent shops in Les Halles.  This new market in Eggenfelden is a Farmer’s Market where we are all producers.  So shop direct!

Interesting notes include a dairy farmer who sells raw milk direct.  It’s delicious, and I was just talking to somebody about how you never have opportunities to buy milk direct even though you see dairy cows everywhere.  Well now you can!  Also some delicious meats and breads and wines and EVERYTHING.

I don’t know why these youtube videos keep cutting out short of the end, but whatever. The point is come to the market if you’re in the area. And if you’re not in the area, check out your local markets where ever you may be. Shop direct and have fun!

Thanks to the folks who did come out to market yesterday!

And happy Mother’s Day if you live in France and are a mom!

PS – people keep asking why it’s called Eggenfelden. That doesn’t sound very French. It’s Carcassonne’s sister city in Germany! We named the market after them.

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Changer l’Aude en Vin – Avril 26 2010 à Carcassonne

I just got my invite to this year’s Changer l’Aude en Vin (there is a pun here with the French phrase for turning water into wine). I first saw the flier in Jean Baptiste and Charlotte Sénat’s winery and it’s unsurprising that they’re at the heart of this gathering. Fifteen winemakers are gathering in the Cité de Carcassonne for a cool grassroots tasting. At least I’m guessing it’ll be a little more DIY than your average wine salon. The flyers are printed like punk posters and Sénat has a rebellious vibe. I look forward to seeing what happens.

And if 15 hand-picked Aude winemakers isn’t enough to draw you to the event, the pot has been sweetened this year. They’ve invited 5 organic producers from the Marne to show off some of their Chamagnes. Sénat never misses a pun and redubs the event “Changer l’Aube en Vin”. I’m not really sure why they added Champagne this year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was just for the pun. :D

So a Love That Languedoc rarity, we’ll be talking champagne.

On a related note, I really wish I had been able to attend the Treloar art expo opening a couple weeks back. Hopefully a few of my readers had a chance to swing by the event and taste some wine and see some art. I like all the winemaker initiatives going on in the region. Gives me a lot of hope!

Je viens de recevoir mon invitation “Changer l’Aude en Vin 2010″,  un rassemblement sur la Cité de Carcassonne de 15 vignerons Audois, tous certifiés ou en conversion vers l’Agricutlure Biologique. Une réunion qui devrait attirer beaucoup d’attention.

Cela fait du bien de voir des efforts comme celui-ci initiés et organisés pars les vignerons. Entre “Changer l’Aude en Vin”, l’exposition d’art organisée par le Domaine Treloar plus tôt dans l’année, et d’autres évènements, j’ai de grands espoirs pour les vignerons du Languedoc Roussillon.

Participating producers from Aude:

Domaine l’Arbousier
AOC Corbières

Clos de l’Anhel
AOC Corbières

Domaine Benjamin Taillandier
AOC Minervois

Mas des Caprices
AOC Fitou

Domaine de Cazaban
AOC Cabardès

Domaine Les Enfants Sauvages (is this in Aude?)
VDP Cotes Catalanes

Domaine Ledogar
AOC Corbières

Domaine Les Hautes Terres
AOC Limoux

Domaine Hegarty Chamans
AOC Minervois

Domaine Jean Baptiste Sénat
AOC Minervois

Vignoble du Loup Blanc
AOC Minervois

Domaine Maxime Magnon
AOC Corbières

Le Mas de Mon Père
AOC Malpère

Chateau Pech Redon
AOC La Clape

Domaine Remi Jalliet
AOC Corbières

Invited producers from Marne:

Champagne Benoit Lahaye
Champagne David Léclapart
Champagne Frison de Marne
Champagne Pierre Gerbais
Champagne Vouette-et-Sorbée

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