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Love That #Cabernet Day

I’m wrapping up an excellent #Cabernet Day celebration and staring down a modest line of empties. Some of the greatest Cabs I’ve tasted in a while.

Live Party Cam

The live party cam is now turned off, but you can view the recording of it for posterity. I hope we didn’t say too many naughty things about Bordeaux Cabs. ;D

Part 1: Starts slow as we wind up to Cab Day with friends and family. We actually talk about a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with Cabernet. Such is life!

Part 2:

There’s actually a big dead spot in the middle when we ALL go down to visit the winery and taste my 2009 Cabernet brut de cuve. Oh well. The pitfalls of drinking and streaming.

We had a good turnout of winemakers, wine educators, wine journalists and all-around wine lovers. I met a man who remembered the people who owned my vineyard before the War of 39!!! How awesome is that?

Tonight was a huge opportunity for the Languedoc to show that we are capable of some epic Cabernets. I’m so happy that Rick Bakas was receptive to our being the only open-invitation French satellite for Cabernet Day. I also want to give props to Benajmin at the BIVB, Vicky Wine in Paris, and Kenny over in the Loire for throwing some sweet French Cab Day shindigs.

Languedoc Cabernet

I think that I make wine in a very unique region, the Atlantic Corridor of the Languedoc Roussillon where we can make some pretty stellar Cabernet and Merlot. Like Bordeaux or Napa but with EVEN MORE sunshine. Cabernet Day is a great opportunity to show that off.

Another great thing about this day is that it allows us to invite wine lovers into our every day lives.  I literally just emailed a bunch of people about an open house at the vineyard.  It was an effortless wine tasting.  People brought wines they were proud of.  Other people just came to discover some good Cabs.  But we all got to join together and drink some good wine.  It’s a far cry from the sort of wine foires we’re used to where you have to stand behind a table for ten hours and mindlessly pour for people.  Instead, we get to just enjoy some good wine in good company and hope that some of you enjoy tuning in.

The Internet allows for some wild new ways to communicate on wine and a region as diverse and varied as the Languedoc has everything to gain.

Alright, I’m gonna sign off because I’m rambling.

Tasting notes:

Figure Libre – Domaine Gayda, dark and brooding in the group.  Mostly Cab Franc and I think it shows that off.  Is cab franc cheating?  I think it’s fair game.   Sniffing the empty bottle: I get some real ripe pruney smells.  I miss the time that this bottle was full.

Cabernet Sauvignon Prestige 1999 – Domaine de Combelle, A real delight. Surprisingly bright for a wine that’s been cellared so long.  One of Benjamin Darnault‘s old projects.  Made to last. Sniffing the empty bottle: smells a bit older with some sousbois and forest floor beside that wonderful dark fruit.

Juliet – Chateau Le Bouis, Juliet goes with Romeo and they come in an adorable cigar box packaging and the bottle label kind of looks like a cigar wrapper.  Juliet is Cabernet Sauvignon and a beauty.  I tweeted to the effect that she is not a shy Claire Daines Juliet.  She is a bold, daring Juliet.  A far cry from the child usually portrayed in the play but capturing some of the whimsy of that legendary star crossed lover.  Sniffing the empty bottle: Much more delicate nose on the empty bottle.

Trah Lah Lah – O’Vineyards You know the policy. I don’t talk about my own wines here.

Proprietor’s Reserve – O’Vineyards

Proprietor’s Cab – O’Vineyards

O’Cabernet 2009 – O’Vineyards

LB – Domaine Baillat, I really like this big bold Cab that’s on dark fruit and berry and really shows some of the freshness that the region can show off.  Sniffing the empty bottle: I get more liquorice on the nose and almost a candied quality.

A – Auzias, I didn’t get to taste this one but it got opened and I love the label. Can’t find the empty either. I’ll get a second chance at this later!  Sorry for being a dope on the first go around.  I promise to taste it soon.

Good wines all around.  Thanks everybody for participating.

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London International Wine Fair – Can the L stand for Languedoc Episode 60

I’m at the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) but my impressions from Day 1 leave me wondering if that L might also stand for Languedoc because we’re everywhere. We’re a big region and it feels right that we’re playing a more important role in conferences like this.

Obviously, the work of Sud de France showcases a lot of Languedoc Roussillon wines with a space as large as entire countries.

Also, I got a nice suprise in the space where I’m presenting, the Access Zone. It’s the only area offering free wifi to folks at the conference and it features a bunch of presentations about heightened customer interactivity, social media, etc. I helped kick things off in the morning with Oscar Quevedo, another winemaker who believes in the power of the Internet to market his wines as well as the wines of his friends and neighbors.

Winery Collaboration from ryan and gabriella opaz on Vimeo.

Gerard Bertrand rugby winemaker thierry liwfThen Gerard Bertrand himself showed up with like 12 people (old rugby habits?) to talk about a customized blending experience he did with some consumers of his wine. Video of this later if the sound came out okay.

And at the Naked Wine Tasting (not what it sounds like), Puech Haut got to the finals of a wine competition to see what wine at the fair was the nakedest. You’ll remember this winery from that killer Puech Haut party at ViniSud.

Also, the Wine Gang has a nice big space at the back of the conference, and they are showcasing a lot of wines from the south.

On day 2, I did some more wandering and I found my neighbor Ventenac Cabardes has a stand as well.  So AOC Cabardes, my tiny appellation controlee which has less than 30 independent producers, has TWO wineries pouring their wine at the LIWF.  Also pretty cool.

It made me very happy to see the Languedoc featured in so many ways at the fair.  I’m more than a little jealous that we don’t have a blimp like the general France stand.  But there’s always room for improvement before next year’s show.

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Barrel Tasting at SNOW’Vineyards part 2 – Love that Languedoc ep 46

Dad and I taste some barrel wines at my Domaine, O’Vineyards, because we’re totally snowed in and can’t visit anybody else. We’ll be back on the road soon though, now that the Languedoc isn’t covered in snow.

Make sure to watch PART 1 OF SNOW’VINEYARDS FIRST.

We taste a couple of our more prestigious crus and talk about local and global wine news, and liquid glass. Pretty fun episode. If you want details on the wines, I’ll post them on the O’Vineyards site. I don’t feel like making Love That Languedoc too advertisement-y.

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Snowed in that Languedoc – Episode 44

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Snow seems to be falling all around the northern hemisphere. And I am stuck at my winery. So enjoy an exceptional barrel tasting of my dad’s wines.

See the shocking conclusion in PART 2 AT SNOW’VINEYARDS

I try a new idea by talking about local news and wine news. We discuss Georges Freche’s upcoming election, the CIVL’s new leadership with Jeanjean and liquid glass, amongst other things. Let me know if you think this sort of news discussion format is interesting enough to bring back on a monthly or weekly basis.

Oh and azote means nitrogen. Not zinc. I don’t know where I got that from.  Nitrogen makes a lot more sense.  People say that snow helps fix nitrogen in the soil.

We try a few different samples but I’ll post all the details later at the Domaine O’Vineyard website since I don’t want this to get too advertisement-y.

Thanks for tuning in.

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