Thursday 25 February 2021
It was another virtual tasting. Yet the warmth of Katie Jones’ personality shone through a night of old vines, human stories of love and struggle … and some great wines.
Talking to us from her ‘Station winery’ in the village of Tuchan on the Languedoc Roussillon border, Katie started her story with her 926 mile drive from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Tuchan – think wild boar, hunters’ bullet holes in the road signs, rugby and wine to get the feel for the locality. There she began a fifteen year stint developing the international sales of the dynamic local co-op run by her now-husband Jean-Marc Astruc.
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Wednesday 27 January 2021
Wink is an educator, writer and (self)-publisher who specialises in the wines of the Jura and the Savoie, where she lives part of the year. In a tour de force of an evening Wink took us through a very knowledgeable and enjoyable tour of the wines of Savoie and Bugey. Thought of as high in altitude, Savoie and Bugey are no higher at 200-500m than nearby French regions such as Alsace (or even the Haut Cotes de Nuit) and, with climate change, there is now no problem of ripening grapes, though frost and hail are still threats. Grown predominantly on glacier soil over limestone, the distinctiveness of these wines is mainly due to the unusual grape varieties which are grown there and which may be a consequence of only joining France from Savoy (Italy) in 1860. The Alps have always been a crossroads and the monasteries established here in the medieval period identified (as they so often did) the best terroirs.
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