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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Some new links - local and global

I've just come across this blog written by a Frenchman, Claude Gilois, whose new book 'Tour du monde epicurien des vins insolites' has just been published.  Living in London for some years he became aware of the availability of good wine worldwide, and returned to France determined to spread the message.  French people in the past have known wbout the wines of their own area, and had little awareness of those from other parts of France, let alone other parts of Europe or the world.  He finds unusual places and makers in France as well as around the rest of Europe and elsewhere in the world.  If you can read French this blog, and the book, are well worth looking at.

Nearer to home the little village of St Christol is becoming well-known as a local centre of excellence.  Winemakers like La Coste Moynier, Guinand, Hospitaliers and the Mas de Theyron all have a deserved, secure reputation, and the Cave CoopĂ©rative also makes good wines.   A few years ago a project was launched to set up a centre for wine tourism (known as the "Pole Oenotouristique") which should be opening in the next year or so.  This video shows what is planned.