My circuitous communication career has included having worked for Silicon Valley start-ups, helping international companies to market their products in foreign lands, and, while employed at Europe’s largest Coca-Cola bottler, trying to convince employees that selling bottled, sugary fizzy water was some sort of divine mission. But my most rewarding job, bar none, was being probably the only American walnut farmer in France’s southwest with an MBA. And probably the greatest compliment that I’ve ever received was when my 75-year-old neighbor, who had been a farmer all of his life, told me that I worked like a true Périgordin.
And it’s in that spirit that this wine blog was created. The 21st century is a tumultuous period for French winemakers. Declining wine consumption in France, stricter alcohol restrictions for drivers, the pulling up of old vines, and competition from New World wines are altering its wine landscape. Some French winemakers are thriving, however. The most common characteristic of their wine is the use of low-yield, low-interventionist techniques that result in original, well-crafted wines. This blog is dedicated to these men and women.
Recent news: My wine tourism guides about Corsica are now online at Wink Lorch’s WineTourismGuides.com website. You can review them for free here, or, for a very reasonable £5 download fee, you can obtain a PDF guide of your own.
>> In June 2012, after two years of studies at the Université Paul Sabatier & Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (ENSAT), I became one of the few Americans to obtain France’s highest wine diploma, the Diplôme National d’Œnolgue (DNO).
>> I recently helped to edit the chapter about Corsican wine in the 2014 edition of Oz Clarke’s Pocket Guide to Wine.
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