From Beaujolais to Umbria, traveling through wine

I just wanted to share a couple of recent wine picks I made.
From Beaujolais. a Julienas, Clos de Haute Combe (2005), I was growing tired of American Pinot Noirs so I decided to go Gamay.
If you pay a visit to the vineyard (after contacting owners Danielle and Vincent Audras) you will have a chance to enjoy the view from the valley of the Saone to the Alps in the distance (according to Viafrance).

They actually also offer a Gite , Bed and Breakfast at the farm (pictured here) on site if you want to experience life in the slow lane for a few days and/or tour the area in this spartan and very affordable  (around $600 a week) setting. Information is in French only.


Umbria delivered a young Sangiovese (2006) from Falesco. Winemaker Riccardo Cotarella describes it as ripe on the nose and the palate with soft tannins.

This is only the second vintage and the grapes were harvested in September. It is a great value for around $12.

Enjoy both wines and maybe you just got a vacation idea.

C'est tout.

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