Romain Ott

MY DAY AT WINE PARIS 2019

Paris has long been known as the City of Light and the City of Love. Now, it might also lay claim to the title “City of Wine.” From the 11th through 13th of February, 26,700 wine professionals were drawn to the capital city for the inaugural Wine Paris event. Approximately 2,000 exhibitors from France and 24 other countries were there to introduce their 2018 vintage to buyers, journalists, and other winemakers. Among those in attendance were William Manfull, my husband and Provence WineZine photographer, and me.\

Why a new show?

Wine Paris was an ambitious effort to bring together two separate trade fairs: Vinisud, representing wines from the Mediterranean, and VinoVision Paris, representing wines from the cooler climates in France. Vinisud, which has almost always met in Montpellier, was established in 1994 by the marketing boards in the South of France, comprising the wine regions of Corsica, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, the Rhône Valley, and the Southwest. VinoVision Paris was created more recently, in 2017, by the marketing boards of the Loire Valley, Central Loire, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Alsace, and the Champagne Winegrowers’ Organization SGV and had held two trade shows...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

I’m No Fool!

When I saw a bottle of Château Léoube's "Rosé de Léoube" on sale, I bought it. I'm no fool. Yes, it's a little more expensive than our usual wine purchases, but I have heard from many people how good it is, and I wanted to know firsthand. Let me start by saying that I wish I had bought out their inventory! (So maybe I was a fool after all...?)

The first thing I did after getting the bottle was send a quick note to my Instagram friend Jérôme Pernot - a.k.a. Mr. Léoube - and asked him what he recommended serving with his wine. His suggestion? Roasted chicken

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THE PASTAGA OF LÉOUBE

In August of last year, Château Léoube’s Secret de Léoube was given a shout by Drinks Magazine, having placed in the gold medal tier of their 2014 Global Rosé Masters wine tasting competition with such local Provence favorites as Château d’Esclans and Mirabeau en Provence. Embarrassingly enough, having lived only an hour away for years, I had been blissfully ignorant of this domain. As Provence
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Out Out Damn Rosé

Red wine grabbed the spotlight from their much-lauded rosés at Château Léoube's recent portes ouvertes on the Cap Bénat peninsula in Bormes-les-Mimosas. The star of the show was the first official vintage of Léoube Collector, a single varietal Cabernet Franc, a first of its kind
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