Monday, March 26, 2012

If you have recently begun following my blog, it merits repeating that my company, Grape News Importing, Ltd. is dedicated to sourcing wines from small French properties. For my readers, you will appreciate the photos attached.

We are all looking for authentic wines, wherever they come from. Many times it is very difficult to discern  if a wine is made by someone who owns his/her vineyards and makes their own wine with the respect for terroir and their personal style, and that which comes from larger production facilities but labeled to appear as authentic.

Well, I just finished a few days at a Paris Wine fair called the Salon of Independent Vignerons (winemakers). I have sourced many of my selections at this fair, that is actually open to the public. That's right, if you lived, or were simply vacationing in Paris, you could go to this fair, taste wines, and buy them while chatting with the person(s) who made them, and take them home that afternoon and enjoy them with dinner, or all by themselves. These folks are the real thing. You can talk vintages, terroir, and better taste through their entire range of wines, usually between 3-6 wines. From Alsace too Bordeaux, Burgundy to Rhone, Languedoc to Sancerre, Muscadet to Crozes-Hermitage to Champagne, they're all there. Here are a few photos of some of my producers:

First two photos, the producers of Chateau Mangot. The properties and personalities of the rest of the photos in order are as follows:

Francois Arnaud and Hubbie - Chateau Pomys St Estephe
Pierre Lieubeau and Me - Chateau de la Bourdiniere and La Fruitiere - Muscadet
Didier Vesselle and Me- Champagne Maurice Vesselle Grand Cru
Gerard Bouges - Chateau La Fon de Berger Haut Medoc
Jacques Rodet - Chateau Brulesecaille Cotes de Bourg
Jean-Marc Bernhard - Domaine Jean Marc Bernhard, Katzenthal, Alsace
Jerome Mathieu and Me - Domaine Mathieu - Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Martine Riviere and son Martial - Chateau Haut Chatain Lalande de Pomerol
One aisle of 24 at the wine fair.
Pascal and Marilynne Bodin - Chateau Granins Grand Poujeaux Moulis-en-Medoc

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