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Explaining Sud de France to New Yorkers

It’s February and the Maison du Languedoc New York is bustling with life as the Sud de France staff set up a press conference.  They’re announcing and explaining the Sud de France festival which will encourage restaurants, wine bars and other vendors to feature wines from the Languedoc Roussillon.

In the meantime, I’ve been running around Manhattan telling people about my own experiences in the south of France.  Some presentations are very on-subject like my guest lectures at NYU’s School of Business.  Other times I deviate a bit in the spirit of good fun.  A few nights ago, I actually presented a history of American Prohibition at an event where the other speakers talked about crashing parties and attaching weaponized laser technology to sharks.

People have been asking me if I’m really promoting the Languedoc Roussillon or even wine at all.  It’s true that more and more of my events seem to be only tangentially related to wine.  But I know that this is the best way for me to reach people and to infect them with a love for the Languedoc Roussillon.  Very few people want to hear an empty sales pitch.  And as long as you give a good story and it IS tangentially related to wine, people walk away from a talk with a certain curiosity about the region and its winemakers.

Other events this week included pouring some Languedoc Roussillon wines at the Cornell Club as part of Wendy Crispell’s educational and laid back tasting workshop.  We also had a blast tasting the wines with cast and crew from a very successful Broadway show that will remain unnamed lest I get them in trouble.   And a whole slough of other wine fun.

Later tonight I’ll be headed to Gary Vaynerchuk’s Sirius radio broadcast which is 8-10 EST.  That should be a blast too and a great opportunity to talk about the Languedoc Roussillon and everybody’s efforts to promote the region.

Photos, videos, audio and such will come shortly.  Just know that a lot of people in New York are talking about the Languedoc Roussillon!

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Sud de France Export Languedoc-Roussillon Synchronized Global Wine Tasting

Here are parts 2 and 3 of our global synchronized wine tasting with Sud de France’s kit of Languedoc-Roussillon wines.  Thanks again for all of you who tuned in live and who showed up to taste in person!  I’m glad we could mobilize a few brave souls on a Monday morning. :D

The folks standing with me are my parents, an operational manager from Chateau Le Bouïs, Aude Campos, and Matthew Stubbs and Emma Kershaw of Vinecole.

The wines:
Dromadaire 30670 2006, IGP Pays d’Oc
Cigalus 2008, Gérard Bertrand, IGP Pays d’Oc
Mas de Madame 2006, AOP Muscat de Frontignan

You can watch the video recording of the live broadcast syncrhonized tasting in low fidelity (it’s pretty much the same but lofi and in one piece).   Does anybody know if south of France put up recordings of their fancy video conferencing between the various maisons du Languedoc-Roussillon?

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South of France synchronized worldwide tasting

Here is part 1 of the higher quality recording of our live broadcast for the South of France synchronized tasting.

I was accompanied by Malorie from Chateau Le Bouïs, Aude Campos, and Matthew Stubbs and Emma Kershaw of Vinecole.

I know I promised an edit, but it just feels better in that unedited Blair Witch style. Enjoy.  We’ll upload the rest soon, or you can watch the whole syncrhonized tasting in low fidelity.

The wines:
Grande Cuvée 1531, Sieur d’Arques, AOP Crémant de Limoux
Fruité Catalan 2009, Vignerons Catalans, AOP Cotes du Roussillon

Oh, and our question about the varietal composition ofthe Fruité Catalan: Syrah 60 %, Grenache Noir 25 %, Carignan 10 % et Macabeu 5 %.  according to the documentation Vignerons Catalans emailed me post-tasting.

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Sud de France Worldwide Synchronized Tasting – Love That Languedoc

Hey, we just did a live broadcast of our South of France wine tasting.  Here it is in lo-fi.  I am uploading the same tasting with better sound and clearer picture from the Flip.  But this is the live broadcast that captured the moment of our synchronized 11 AM tasting celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Sud de France umbrella brand.   I’m really appreciative that I got to play a part in this celebration.

Voila la dégustation synchronisée des vins du Sud de France. On a fait un épisode en direct.  Maintenant, je vais essayer de faire un petit montage en haute définition pour plus tard. Mais sachez qu’on s’est bien amusé.

The wines:
Grande Cuvée 1531, Sieur d’Arques, AOP Crémant de Limoux
Fruité Catalan 2009, Vignerons Catalans, AOP Cotes du Roussillon
Dromadaire 30670 2006, IGP Pays d’Oc
Cigalus 2008, Gérard Bertrand, IGP Pays d’Oc
Mas de Madame 2006, AOP Muscat de Frontignan

The press release says the wines were drawn at random from a preselection of Dominique Laporte’s.

I was happy to share these wines with an interesting group of people who I will talk about more in the edited, high-fidelity version. :)

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