March 29, 2008

Photos du Jour - Wine Tasting

Isabelle Coustal, the owner of Château Sainte Eulalie, opening a bottle of Minervois red for us to taste in a very chilly tasting room.

The domaine is nestled in the hills above the village of
La Livinière, offering stunning views over the village and the countryside.

where's the sun?

Eulalie's wine is consistently brilliant!
Their AOC Minervois La Livi
nière la Cantilène was chosen from from 1000 other wines and awarded "Best French Red Wine" at at the International Value Awards. It was also given 4 stars and voted as one of the "Top 10 Languedoc Wines to Try" in Decanter Magazine's March 2008 issue.

Every year we look forward to their light and fruity rosé that is perfect for quaffing on hot summer days. It is full of raspberry flavors and pairs perfectly with chèvre.

There are so many amazing wine makers in the area, literally in our backyard, that we often take tasting their selections for granted. We usually just breeze in to our favorite domaines, buy and leave. We seldom take the time to talk to the vignerons, taste the wine from year to year, or even to visit new wineries. I don't make New Year's resolutions, so I'm making a Spring Resolution to visit new wineries and do more tastings.
At least I don't have far to drive.

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Alison said...

Visit André Iché's Chateau d'Oupia...

Wilf G.K said...

Imagine, here I am thousands of kilometers away and I find your interesting blog and read about Isabelle Coustal. She will be visiting here in Victoria, British Columbia next month and I will have an opportunity to meet her. I write a wine newsletter and reviewed her wonderful Chateaue Sainte Eulalie La Cantilene. Good luck with your French citizenship.

Loulou said...

You know, I think we have, but we didn't meet André.
Our first year here we went over there as I was looking for some wine for my dad. But we haven't been back. Their wine is excellent. We'll have to head over there again!

Isn't the internet amazing???
You'll enjoy meeting Isabelle.

You have a great site, I'll keep up on your wine reviews! Thanks for stopping by to say hi.

Betty C. said...

Wine-tasting is so fun. I took classes for years -- now I just need to study all my course material! I'm more into the travaux pratiques...

Loulou said...

I could use some proper wine instruction. Having a friend who is a Master of Wine helps! But I always let her do all the work.
I should study up.