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The France Show

Posted by duncan 906, Nov 11, 2014.

I wondered if anybody else on here was planning on going to this  http://www.thefranceshow.com  in January.A lot of wine producers attend and there are wine tasting sessions. I go to this every year and it is superb

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Reply by EMark, Nov 11, 2014.

Looks interesting, Duncan.  If you go, please give us a report.

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Reply by dvogler, Nov 11, 2014.

Are you going to the "buy property" seminar?  :)

The Bordeaux thing looks good!  Yes, let us know what you taste please!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Nov 12, 2014.

By the time I pay for a ticket to London, I should probably just go the rest of the way and to go France proper.  But I am inspired to launch The Italy Show here in the US, just so I can get enough interest up to justify importing more of the wine, cheese and meats from my favorite corner of the world.  I love France, and I love Paris probably more than any city, but for a country, a cuisine, diversity of wine (and at a price I can afford), I think it's Italy for me. 

Do report back--esp since I continue to search through the vast stacks of Bordeaux for something that looks like a good value.

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Reply by duncan 906, Nov 12, 2014.

I said this is an annual event and I go every year  as it is always superb. There are always   wine producers and importers exhibiting so you get to taste plenty and have a chance to buy direct from the producer and that is before the tasting seminars.You can also have a good ogle at the can-can girls and listen to music or watch the cookery demonstrations. There is a big property section but I will not be buying a chateau!

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 20, 2014.

One wonders.  Many of you would know my own particular taste, but so much depends on what you are  (or were) weaned on. As it turns out, our Pacific Northwest wine industry (Washington and British Columbia, Canada) was very, very primitive 30 years back so France, Italy, Oz, Cali - well, these were the only viable choices.

French wines - particularly those of the Bordeaux - will continue to change with the climate change (longer growing seasons, hotter summers, warmer, but more changeable winters and shoulder seasons).  I, lover of things Latin, may not be the best person to ask about certain aspects of New World products, but then, I am a North American whose roots go back a long way (11,000 years).  I am not asserting a value for time some gene has spent here, I am  just stating  a fact. And I like facts - being an empiricist.

In the end, for all the punters of the world (of which some think I am a number), it is a matter of taste; but then, taste, like all components of art does belong to a hierarchy, regardless of what we might wish...

But in the end, I prefer Bordeaux.  So there.

PS.

 

Have fun.

 

Z..

 

 

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Reply by duncan 906, Nov 22, 2014.

Zufrieden  There is usually a Bordeaux seminar at the show and there is also plenty to taste and buy in the main hall.I suspect you would enjoy this show

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 2, 2016.

Duncan, was wondering if you ever go to smaller events, like this one? Have found them to be an interesting, useful merchant in the past...

 

 

The Beautiful South View this email in your browser A few days to go to go before our big Languedoc and Roussillon tasting in London.
 

Tuesday 7th June, 6.00pm to 8.30pm

The Beautiful South: Languedoc-Roussillon

Venue: Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon, 6 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PD

Now becoming a regular fixture in our calendar is this annual tasting at the sunny showroom just north of Oxford Street. We will be laying out 35 wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon, from sparkling Limoux, unoaked and barrel-aged whites, a selection of rosés perfect for summer drinking; and we will close with the sweet and fortified Vin Doux Naturels which are a speciality of Roussillon. The reds will range from good value IGPs to superb, ageworthy reds from the top appellations: Montpeyroux, La Clape, Faugères, and Terrasses du Larzac. New to the UK will be wines from the eccentric Rémy Duchemin at Plan de l’Homme and the delightful young couple of Line and Paul Maury, who make a great range of wines from super value Viognier to fine La Clape red.

Entry: £10.00 a head – but there will be 10% off all bottle prices for wines in the tasting, for all orders placed on the evening. You can buy your tickets by clicking here or please let us know at 01962 712351 or sales@stonevine.co.uk if you would like to attend.

Copyright © 2016 Stone, Vine & Sun, All rights reserved.

 
 
 
 
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Reply by GregT, Jun 3, 2016.

D - there's a pretty good PR campaign for the Languedoc-Roussillon region. They've relabeled it as the Sud these days.

In NYC they host a lot of events to showcase the wines. I'm not sure where the money is from, but they're one of the better promotional groups for a region. They're as good as the Argentines actually - there's some kind of event almost weekly.

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Reply by duncan 906, Jun 3, 2016.

Thank-you for the tip. I am tempted to go to this. There are some lovely wines to be had from the Languedoc/Roussillon region some of which I have sampled and reviewed for Snooth. It is also an area which offers good value for money ie the wines tend not to be expensive

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 3, 2016.

Back when I first started expanding my horizons out of California, I had some really good L-R wines.  A lot were nice variations on the S. Rhone theme, big and ripe and fun.  But there's a lot of variability, and I drifted away from them, starting to favor wines with a little more restraint and higher acids.  The slightly random character of them made it hard to choose as well:  My experience, limited as it was, left me thinking there was no specific style I could expect.  If they were more widely available (or at least someone marketed more of them to me), I might go back to them.  Definitely if I lived in Europe, I think they would register as daily drinkers in the way certain lower priced Zins have fulled that role for me.  Might be time to take a look again--thanks for reminding me, D. 

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Reply by duncan 906, Jun 8, 2016.

I attended this event yesterday evening. I reckon there were about 40 people there. It was not a particularly organised or structured event. When I arrived the chap on the door ticked my name off his list of guests and gave me the list of the 35 wines being tasted and a glass. There were the 35 open bottles of wine on a table with a few biscuits and  the people [ of all ages and both sexes ] wandered around helping themselves. Some were taking it really seriously and making notes and some were spitting out into the spitoons. I did not because I thought that uncouth and a waste vof good wine.I suspect a couple were profesionals and one fellow I chatted with said he worked for the Wine Society. I did not manage to partake of all 35 wines but I am sure I drank my £10's worth. There was only one sparkling wine,Domaine J.Laurens,Cremant de Limoux Brut,Les Graimenous but many people thought it one of trhe better wines there. I agreed. It had plenty of bubbles and a kind of sweet gooseberry style fruit. One of the white wines was a chardonnay from Domaine Begude but I avoided tasting it because by coincidence I have a bottle in my cuypbard already. I did taste their Creyssels Picpoul de Pinet as that is an appellation I like but was unimpressed as it was bland and lacked that characteristic zing.There were a couple of very good reds from a Languedoc estate called Plan de L'Homme that I thought dry,with a cherry style fruit and a spicy finish.I also liked a Corbieres from Domaine du Grand Arc. Before I left I had a glass of Banyuls Grand Cru from Domaine du Traginer. Some of the other guests had never heard of Banyuls but I had my first glass many years ago in a restaurant in Banyuls. This was lovely tasting of sweet dried fruit. The  organisers were obviously not very business minded as they did not have any wines to sell to us. I would definitely have bought one or two bottles out of this lot!

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 8, 2016.

Interesting that they didn't have any wines to sell since they advertised discounts on their flyer. Wonder if you were supposed to order online???

At least you had a batch of different wines of an evening, some which sound interesting...

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Reply by duncan 906, Jun 8, 2016.

I could have ordered  the wines on the evening but then there would be a delivery charge so it would not have been very good value

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 8, 2016.

Did the delivery charge add up to more than the 10% discount offer? And is there no offer of free delivery with a certain volume of purchase (e.g. past 3 or 6 or 12 bottles)?

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Reply by duncan 906, Jun 9, 2016.

I did not ask or look mat their website

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Reply by duncan 906, Jun 9, 2016.

I was disappointed that you could not buy there and then which has got to be down to poor management but the evening was not really organised or structured. They would probably have sold some wine that evening if they had had the foresight to have some available for purchase

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 9, 2016.

Send them an email telling them that. That merchant has its heart in the right place, and carries a number of interesting wines. Who knows, maybe there were venue restrictions...

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Reply by duncan 906, Feb 1.

I attended the 2017 London France Show at the weekend as I do every year  and found it  as good as ever. The can-can girls were in action as always,there were singers and there were cookery demonstrations on the main stage.I am tempted to try their chicken thighs cooked in tomato and olives with courgettes at home. There was plenty of food there to eat as well including confit du canard sandwiches and wild boar hot dogs.There was also plenty of wine to taste. I bought three bottles of wine including a bottle of Burgundy from the Groubier stand. I would have liked to have bought some Gaillac from the Domaine de Long-Pech stand but the lady only had wine to taste and not buy. I thought her wine rather good. One of the more interesting stands,at least from the point of view of American readers of this post was the Laperouse Alaska Association stand which was manned by a native American from that US state.. I am afraid I had not heard of Laperouse before but he was a French version  of Captain Cook who explored and mapped the Pacific including Alaska on behalf of King Louis in the 18th century.There is a museum dedicated to his memory in his home town of Albi in the south of France. I thought the stand told a fascinating story

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 1.

Have also seen his name spelled as La Perouse. Apparently another victim of those crazy Pacific Islanders.

Saw reference to him several times in the area when I went to climb Mt. St. Elias where the Alaskan handle meets the pan. If I remember correctly he made a killing unloading some Alaskan furs in Macau (hard to imagine now how much wealth was generated from the fur trade, and how many great fortunes it generated; when sent to China they were often traded for tea in return). More often have run across reference to him much further south and west, but he was pretty much all over the Pacific Basin, and you'll find place names originally in his honor down in Oz, too.

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Reply by duncan 906, Dec 1.

This event is on again in January [Friday 26th-Sunday 28th] at the Olympia Exhibition Hall.I hope other Snooth members will also be attending this excellent event


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