Just a couple of weeks ago we travelled to the Languedoc and suffered baltic temperatures; now it’s time for the Rhône and the temperature has reached a balmy 10°C and there is even a hint of blossom on the trees making it almost feel and look like spring. Tonight was spent with the wonderful team of Vieux Télégraphe with a tasting of the flavourful and sturdy 2010 vintage followed by the quite forward and drinkable 2011. At dinner this evening local new green asparagus and hand-dived scallops were washed down with George Vernay’s 2011 Condrieu. With a pan-fried veal dish, we drank Vieux Télégraphe 2004 and La Roquète 2009 which proved to be the star of the show. The 2009 vintage really is top drawer and those of you who decided to spend your hard earned on this vintage have a treat in store. Tomorrow it’s time to visit around seven of our favourite growers from Gigondas and Vacqueyras to Vinsobres and Lirac. It’s on the road by 7.30am!

Tasting a superb range of Lirac with Marine owner if Domaine Joncier

Tasting in Avignon with Céline from Grapillon D'or