Auvergne (cont): Domaine Miolanne

Vineyards and the wooden chai @Domaine Miolanne We made a morning visit to Domaine Miolanne on our second and last full day in the Côtes d'Auvergne. The evening before in a bistro/wine bar in nearby Champeix we had drunk their sparkling – Bulles de Miolanne Brut – for our apéro and found the dosage too …

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Côtes d’Auvergne: Discovering Desprat Saint-Verny with Léa (Part 2 – pm)

  Léa Desprat At the end of June I wrote about our morning getting to know Desprat Saint-Verny with Léa Desprat. Now it is time to cover the afternoon activities. However, before I do, a mention of an enjoyable lunch at Hostellerie Le Petit Bonneval at 63170 Pérignat lès Sarliève a little to the south …

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Discovering Desprat Saint-Verny with Léa (Part 1 – morning)

Léa Desprat Desprat Saint-Verny winery & shop 2 Route d'Issoire, 63960 Veyre-Monton On our first full day in the Côtes d'Auvergne we spent the day with Léa Desprat, daughter of Pierre Desprat who is managing director of Desprat Saint-Verny. The Desprat Vins company was founded in 1885 in Aurillac. Pierre has run this wholesale wine …

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Côtes d’Auvergne – portraits from last week’s trip

  Le Puy de Dôme – the region's icon    L'Auvergne en Eruption   Last week we spent a very interesting and useful three and a half days in the Auvergne visiting producers and getting a better handle on the area – the terroir, some of its producers and catching some of excitement of the …

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Some « volcanic » wines

As promised last week, following my visit to the region around Clermont Ferrand and the festival so successfully organised there by the local appellation Côtes d'Auvergne, this week's article will give an account of some of the wines that I tasted there, both during visits to a couple of estates and during the Vinora wine …

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