Happo-en Seminar: Rhône wines and Côtes du Rhône2018/10/18

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The vineyards of the Rhone Valley, which forms a corridor between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, have been producing wines for at least 2000 years.
In the 14th century, the papacy moved from Rome to Avignon and the popes, great lovers of the local wines, planted extensive vineyards around the city and participated to grow the popularity of the wines.
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Rhônes wines are the second vineyard AOC in France.
The wine indutry is the most important sources of employment of the area. The offer in diversity is exceptional in France with for the most important red wines 80%.
10% in Biodynamie.
250 km from north to south, 250 communes (local authority areas, often villages)… The vineyards of the Rhone Valley are a world apart, a shifting landscape which winds and unwinds around a fluid axis: the Rhone, king of rivers, carrying silt and a sense of history. The Rhone is the linking factor, holding together these contrasting landscapes.
Rhône Valley appelations:
On top of the pyramid: 17 Crus and 2 types of sweet wines
Then: 21 Côtes du Rhône Villages
Followed by AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages and AOC Côtes du Rhône Regionale
A pyramid in constant evolution
These represent 75%, 25% are represented by satellite appelation as Costières de Nîmes, Lubéron, Ventoux,etc..
North and South-
The north of the appellation is mainly a specialist of “crus” reds and whites as Saint Joseph or Condrieu, Hermitage,etc..
The south is more rich in term of appelations than the north.
The “crus” are in constant evolution-
While there is a great number of old vines new plantation are also important. It allows an evolution of the appelations. For exemple Cairanne AOC became a “cru” in 2016.
3000 ha are now in a process of renewal and 619 ha of new plantation were planted in 2016.
2 types of climates:
-The south has a mediterranean climate: warm/few rain/Mistral(south wind)
-The north has a continental climate: less hot/more rain/but good level of sunlight through the year/wind(Guise)
These two types of wind help to keep the vines dry and allow winemakers to adopt organic agriculture.
2 types of landscapes:
-south: wide plains/flat landscape/”guarrigues”/olive trees
-north: more abrupt/presence of many vineyards in terraces
There is a significant difference between both
north: clay, giving powerful aromas and tannins to the wines and granit, specific to the north, gives delicacy and acidity to the wines
south: clay/pebbles. Clay gives the wines their full-body characteristic and their softness. Sands give delicacy.
Grapes varieties:
Rhone wines derive their style, richness and originality from the diversity of the region’s grape varieties.
28 grapes varieties.
Particularity of Rhône wines: many blended wines
4 main red grape varieties:
-red Grenache, ample/generous/heady
-Cinsault, light/delicate
-Syrah, king of the North, red/black fruits/violet aromas, aromatic/delicate
-Mourvèdre, powerful, structured
GSM= grenache/syrah/mourvèdre, the most used blend of wines in Rhône
4 main white grapes varieties:
-white Grenache, full and plump
-Viognier (Condrieu), fragant and subtle
-Roussane, delicate, fineness
-Marsanne powerful and vigorous
In brief: North= mono-grapes wines, granitic soil, structured wines with minerality
South= blended wines, diversity of the soils more important and wines more powerful and generous than the North.

Harvest 2018 Domaine du Gros Noré2018/10/4

Hand picked and carefully selected grapes at Domaine du Gros Noré.
Temperatures in the morning: 18 degrees at 7am and already reaching 28 degrees at 12am. Ugni and Clairette for white. Grapes are showing a beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity this year!



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9/22(土)winelist updated! 祝グルナッシュデー!試飲販売会 【ご予約不要】2018/9/22


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Crémant de Die Grande reserve 2012 (クレマン・ド・ディー グランレゼルヴ) ¥1,961 Crémant Cuvée Icone Bio 2012 (クレマン キュベ・イコン ビオ) ¥2,546
Clairette de die Aymard Duperrier (クレレット・ディー”エマー・デュペリエ”)

Chardonnay 2015 ¥4,320
Pinot Gris2016 ¥3,780
Strate Cassee 2016 ¥4,536

カイユNature Rouge2016(ナチュールルージュ)グルナッシュ5% ¥3,083

ヴァニエールBandol Rouge2012(バンドール ルージュ)グルナッシュ5% ¥4,182
Gros nore 2013 グルナッシュ15% ¥3,672

ドーメンIGP Principauted’Orange rouge”2015(プランシポテ・ドランジュ)30% ¥1,907

ヴァニエール Heritage rouge 2016(エリタージュルージュ)グルナッシュ45% ¥1,983

ドーメンCotes du Rhone rouge2015(コートデュローヌ)グルナッシュ60% ¥2,186
les Hauts-lieux rouge 2011(レ・オウ・リュー シャトーヌフデュパプ)グルナッシュ60% ¥9,180

カイユ Reserve Rouge Chateauneuf du Pape 2011(レゼルヴ ルージュ シャトーヌフ・デュ・パプ)60% ¥15,120

ドーメンGigondas rouge2014(ジゴンダス) 70% ¥3,833

ヴィエイユジュリアン les Trois Sources rouge 2012(レトワソース シャトーヌフデュパプ)70% ¥7,344

ヴィエイユジュリアン Cotes du Rhone rouge lieu-dit Clavin2014(リューディ クラヴァン)75% ¥2,765

ドーメンChateauneuf du Pape rouge 2014 (シャトーヌフデュパプ ) 80% ¥4,598

ヴィエイユジュリアン Chateauneuf du Pape rouge 2004 (シャトーヌフデュパプ ) 80% ¥10,000

カイユ Les Quartz Rouge Chateauneuf du Pape2013(レ・クワルツ ルージュ シャトーヌフ・デュ・パプ) 85% ¥6,480

カイユ Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2016(コートデュローヌ ルージュ)90% ¥1,851

カイユ Les Safres Rouge Chateauneuf du Pape2015(レ・サフル ルージュ)95%




★Bisteria Satollo★ 
東京都目黒区自由が丘2-14-19 夢のパラダイスⅡ 2F
港区南青山3-18-19 フェスタ表参道ビル4F
東京都町田市つくし野 1-22-1 B102

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【開催日】2018年9月22日(土) 13:00 – 18:00(ご予約不要)
【会場】studio itto(スタジオイット) 目黒区目黒本町2-24-14
最寄り駅 東急東横線学芸大学駅徒歩約15分、または目黒駅西口よりバスで「第7中前」下車 徒歩3分
【会費】エントランス料 2,000円


aVin 6月の試飲会レポート



北ローヌ地方 ディー★Jaillance ジャイアンス

南ローヌ地方 シャトーヌフ・デュ・パプ★Domaine de la Vieille Julienne ヴィエイユ ジュリアン

南ローヌ地方 シャトーヌフ・デュ・パプ★Daumen ドーメン
野生酵母、ビオ認証FR BIO 01、無清澄、無濾過、補酸なし

南ローヌ地方 シャトーヌフ・デュ・パプ★le Clos du Caillou クロ デュ カイユ
野生酵母、ビオ認証FR BIO 10、現在ビオディナミ進行中、無濾過、補酸なし

プロヴァンス地方 バンドール★Chateau Vannieres ヴァニエール
野生酵母、ビオロジック栽培 (農薬、除草剤、化学肥料不使用) 無濾過、補酸なし

プロヴァンス地方★Domaine de Gros Noreグロノレ
野生酵母、リュットレゾネ (化学肥料・除草剤使用を最低限に抑えた栽培)、無清澄、無濾過

長野県青木村★FunkyChateau ファンキーシャトー(対面販売のみ)
Avin next wine tasting on September 22nd special Fête du Grenache! International Grenache Day.

Let’s celebrate the most planted grape variety in the world and be a Grenachista with aVin’s team for a day!

The Grenache Association created the International Day to celebrate this grape and all the varieties and vintages of wine that were produced from it.

In fact, over the ages that have passed since it first began being used and cultivated, new varieties have appeared.

Grenache noir “red Grenache” is the most commonly known, but there’s also Grenache Blanc and of such importance that it ranks on the fourth most planted white wine in France.

There’s even one called “Hairy Grenache” developed to protect itself from transpiration through the same underleaf fuzz mechanic present in rosemary and other plants of the Mediterranean.

International Grenache Day gives the opportunity to explore this wine, its history, and become just a little bit of an oenophile for a day.
It’s held every third Friday of September, this year on the Friday 21st and on Saturday 22nd for avin’s team.

Let’s spread the gospel of Grenache!

@ Studio itto from 1pm to 6pm


To enjoy Grenache before September 22nd visit aVin’s webshop page & amazon shop page here:



(Reference: http://www.grenache-association.com)



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“Soupe au pistou”, one of summer’s finest Provence dishes.2018/7/26


Typically added to a vegetable-rich soup, pistou has had a long history. The Roman poet Virgil described a sauce made by crushing herbs in a mortar with garlic, salt and olive oil. Over time, the sauce morphed into the heady Genovese pesto, which then morphed into pistou in Provence.


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Making pistou starts with adding tomatoes and olive oil to basil, garlic and salt, then crushing the mixture in a mortar with a pestle until it’s smooth. (In the Provençal dialect, pistou means “pounded.”) The pistou is then stirred into the soup, amplifying the flavors of both.

In Provence different versions of the soup are often discussed. Traditionally, it includes a homemade broth, fresh white beans, green beans, potatoes and macaroni. Cooks in Provence often vary the pasta too (some use vermicelli). Robert Lalleman, the chef at the esteemed Auberge de Noves in Avignon, enriches his recipe by sautéing pasta in butter before mixing it into the soup.

What follows is a classic recipe for the sauce:


-1 to 1/2 tbsp olive oil
-1 medium onion, thickly sliced
-1 celery stalk, chopped
-1 head fennel, chopped
-1 carrot, chopped
-2 plum tomatoes, quartered
-4 cloves garlic, crushed
-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
-3 sprigs fresh thyme
-1 bay leaf

-1 to 1/2 tbsp olive oil
-1 cup diced onion
-2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
-1/2 cup diced carrot
-1 cup diced celery
-1/2 cup chopped parsley
-1 tbsp minced fresh thyme
-1 to 1/2cups drained and chopped canned plum tomatoes
-2 cans (15 ounces each) white cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
-6 tsp prepared pesto or extra-virgin olive oil


-Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic, then trim and slice the leek. Chop the potatoes, carrots, celery and courgettes, then pick and roughly chop the parsley leaves.

-Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic and leek for 5 minutes.

-Add the other chopped ingredients, the bay, green beans and chopped tomatoes. Drain and add the beans. Cover with water, season and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

-Add the pasta and simmer until cooked, adding water if the soup is too thick.

-For the pistou sauce, peel and add the garlic to a pestle and mortar, pick in the basil leaves and add some sea salt. Pound until puréed, then finely grate in the Parmesan and muddle in the extra virgin olive oil to make a paste.

-Serve the soup with a dollop of pistou.


The lively pink grapefruit and red fruit notes of a Côtes de Provençe rosé will enhance the freshness and light flavors of this beloved traditional dish. Perfect pairing with Château Vannières Côtes de Provence rosé!

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C’est les vacances!2018/7/19


Where to go and what to do if you are heading to Provence this summer.

Today’s destination: the city of Arles and its photography festival!


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Arles is one of the most culturally active city in the south of France. Many cultural festivals and events proceed there each year for the greatest satisfaction of thousands of art and traditions lovers.

The International Photography Festival known as “Les Rencontres d’Arles” was created by Lucien Clergue , Jean-Maurice Rouquette and Michel Tournier in 1968. More than forty years later this festival is definitively, the most important event around photography in the whole world.




Usually organized around more than 50 events installed in various exceptional patrimonial places of Arles, Les Rencontres d’Arles (in English the Meetings of Arles) , each summer in July, intend to contribute to transmit the world photographic inheritance and also want to be the crucible of contemporary creation by the discovery of young talented photographers.




Thanks to a demanding programming directed by talented François Hebel and a challenging public, the Rencontres d’Arles explore the current stakes of photography and attest capacity of this medium and importance of the figure of the photographer, witness of the world which surrounds it.




How does it work?

The main event is during the first week of exhibition with official opening of all of the events, in the city and in the Parc des Ateliers.
During this first week the day end by a night screening in the Roman Theater..
After the first week you can visit during 3 months the most important exhibitions in the city and in the Parc des Ateliers.


One unmissable place to visit is holding every year is the Espace van Gogh.
Originally built in the sixteenth century as Arles main hospital and it remained as such well into the twentieth. It’s major claim to fame is that it was here that Van Gogh was committed after the infamous episode of cutting off his left earlobe in December 1888.
The courtyard has been extensively planted out to resemble as closely as possible his famous painting “Le Jardin de l’Hôtel de Dieu”.
The complex now houses the town library as well as exhibition spaces, shops and a cafe.

Information :
Rencontres d’Arles
10 rond point des Arènes
13200 Arles



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