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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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Who is Ryan O’Connell

Ryan O’Connell, host of Love That Languedoc, is a winemaker in the south of France.

Ryan is a self-professed ascended fanboy who has been making wine since he was nineteen.  He has won the recognition of the Guide Hachette, Revue du Vin de France, Bettane et Desseauve, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wall Street Journal: Europe, and

In 2009, Ryan founded Love That Languedoc, a website devoted to talking about the region he lives in and the  producers who influence his work.  He has interviewed legendary winemakers like Aime Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac and Claude Gros who has made many of the region’s most prestigious cult wines like La Negly, La Peira, and more. Whether he’s pigging out at a Michelin-starred restaurant or attending an exclusive trade show, Ryan’s goal is to capture the spirit of the region and serve it up to his friends online.

In 2010, Ryan started a campaign to train other winemakers and agricultural producers to use web tools that work for his winery. A champion of rural web technology, Ryan believes that agriculture and other rural businesses need to have their own personalized approach to web marketing.

Ryan is proud to live in the Languedoc and to have the support of so many great individuals and institutions in this part of the world.

If you want to get in touch with Ryan, it’s as easy as sending him an email or reaching out on sites like Twitter and Facebook.  He’s happy to hear from you.

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