Pays d'Oc Event Recap

A tasting event full of some delicious wines


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I set the order of the wines for the tasting so that we could experience both the present of the Pays d’OC, with its dependence on varietal wines as well as some of its history. The region that became the Pays d’Oc relied for many years on blended wines, often times wines that combined grapes that were well-suited to produce quality with those better suited to produce quantity. Today, forward looking producers are reinventing these wines by relying only on high quality base wines and blending to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The 2010 Jeff Carrel Puydeval ($15) for example, blends Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot to produce a powerful, complex red that represents the heights that the freedom for regulation allows for in the Pays d’Oc.  This is a rich, powerful wine, modern in style but nowhere near over the top. Simply put, it’s the type of wine many consumers are looking for but have no idea that the Pays d’Oc is where they should be looking to find it.

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