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Grenache Day – Harvesting Grenache in the south of France

You’re thinking to yourself, Ryan only posts aggregated updates these days.  Well, I have long dreamed for the day when I can just sit back and feature the brilliant multimedia buffet of other wine producers in the Languedoc-Roussillon.  And around harvest time, it seems all the blogs, youtubes, flickers, facebooks, twitters, etc. come back to life.  People are posting absolutely amazing content all around the south of France and I am here to bring you my highlights.

And this post will be about Grenache, because today is International Grenache Day, as determined by the Grenache Symposium which Love That Languedoc covered extensively.  This day is devoted to Grenache in all its forms, blanc, gris, noir, whether it be sweet or dry.  It can even call itself Garnacha and walk around wooing the girls with its thick Spanish accent and Mediterranean flair.  It can also sometimes go as Garnatxa, Ґарнача, Cannonau, グルナッシュ, ренаш, and גרנאש.  It’s no surprise that the grape has a name in every language seeing as how it’s the most planted red grape on earth, and it surely would have won “Most likely to succeed” in its high school superlatives.  That is if Grenache weren’t such a cool dude who almost never gets credit for his work.  He stays behind the scenes, making the wine world go round and he is cool with that.

But not today.  People have decided that we are going to make a big deal and throw an International parade for #Grenache.  And hoorah!

It’s harvest time and I’m super busy, but I wanted to assemble some of my favorite Grenache-related posts for you from the Languedoc Roussillon.  Enjoy!  And open a bottle of Grenache!

This is the Grenache coming off the sorting table at Domaine Gayda. Gayda is also the home of Vinécole which had a big Grenache Day bash today.

And here is footage from Vinecole’s actual Grenache Day brut de cuve tasting!  It’s several youtube videos in a play list, so you can watch them all in one go.

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Finding the Grenache Gris at Domaine Jones can be a task in itself.  I think this is one of those vineyards where the gris is planted here and there amidst the grenache noir.

really excited french guy harvesting at mas de l'ecriture

I’m not actually sure if this is a Grenache harvest, but it’s at Mas de l’Ecriture and they definitely do have delicious Grenache.  Judging by the look on this guy’s face, it’s coming in really well this year!

Roadside in the Roussillon. This video from les vignerons de Trémoine is 100% honest, showing some Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris coming in together on the trailer.

A little over edited for my tastes, but I love the effort to bring the whole Domaine Sainte Rose harvest to you in a short video. Although, hold the uninspired indie music please. Thank you.

And here’s a link to more 2010 harvest fun in the South of France. Enjoy a bottle of Grenache with some friends!

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Mas de l’Ecriture unedited – Love That Languedoc

I posted a video montage of my visit to the Mas de l’Ecriture, but I never got around to showing you the unedited footage. It wasn’t really a convenional episode, so a lot of this footage is just camera staring off into space while I taste delicious wines.  Live with it.

In the video, you get to see a bit more of Pasca Fulla, Lea Fulla and Louise Hurren.  The Fullas make wine there and Louise gets people like me to talk about it. And all three of these talented individuals are contributing vast amounts of energy into creating more and more value in the Languedoc. There is also a child sneaking around in the background, but I’m the only person who saw him and the camera never caught him, so everybody thinks I’m crazy.

The unedited version has a lot more English in it, and it includes me failing to guess varietals repeatedly! So it’s worth following us along on a brut de cuve wine tasting at the Mas de l’Ecriture.

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Mas de l’Ecriture – Languedoc, je t’aime Episode 61

“Impose ta chance, serre ton bonheur et va vers ton risque. A te regarder, ils s’habitueront.”
–René Char

Un des premiers jours de printemps, je me suis rendu au Mas de l’Écriture. Vous vous souvenez peut-être de notre mini-rencontre à ViniSud où j’ai pu goûter plusieurs millésimes des vins du Domaine.

Cette fois-ci, guidé par Pascal Fulla et par sa fille Léa, j’ai dégusté leurs vins non-assemblés en cuves et en fûts.  Nous étions accompagnés par Louise Hurren qui organise des évènements et s’occupe du relationnel de presse de nombreux Domaines de la région .

Ceci est une version courte  que j’ai éditée:

C’est un domaine intéressant où on est entouré par les mots de René Char et par la philosophie de la propriété. Souvent je dois vraiment creuser pour découvrir les pensées du vigneron. Ce n’est pas le cas chez Pascal Fulla qui a une âme de philosophe.

C’est dommage que je ne peux pas TOUT inclure dans l’épisode inédit.
Lors de la visite des vignes, nous découvrons Patrice qui termine la taille.  La dégustation en barrique nous révèle les différents cépages qui contribuent aux assemblages du Mas de l’Écriture.

Si vous voulez voir la version longue, elle sera disponible très prochainement sur ce site.

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Pascal Fulla at ViniSud 2010


I can’t believe I missed Pacal Fulla’s awesome reception at a TEN YEAR vertical of his wines from Mas de l’Ecriture. Luckily, I caught up with him to discover a mini vertical for this mini episode where we taste the wines before and after a major rebranding campaign where he changed the labels and a lot of his design work AND got certified organic. I like the design almost as much as I love the wine.

I will be visiting Pascal at le Mas de l’Ecriture very soon and you’ll get to see a detailed show about his wines. He’s a cool guy and it’ll be a great episode.

Also you can follow this winemaker on Facebook.

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