Happy New Year 5782!

What a year 2021 has been. This week we celebrate is the Jewish New Year 5782 from September 6th- 8th.

Thinking about the New Year, I find it’s always time to take stock, look at the year gone by and note with pleasure all that has taken place in the past year with my child despite this crazy 18 month period. I am not a religious person but I do like to celebrate holidays of all kinds as a way of making markers throughout the year and remembering how sweet life can be despite all this recent sadness.

Sweet times call for sweet wines. Lucky for me I have a bottle of Le Coume du Roy open and at the ready. Maury is a French town near the Spanish border in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Roussillon is a very ancient region with viticulture brought by the Phoenicians. The topography and mountains made it quite isolated for many centuries. It also changed hands frequently between Spain and France and still today has a unique cultural mix and grape varieties in the area. Roussillon is known for both white and reds as well as for it’s AOP denominations for its sweet wines. I love sweet wines as a category and think they are so underrated, not widely drunk, and a missed opportunity for so many.

Domaine De La Coume Du Roy  has a long and glorious history and is one of the oldest wineries in Maury. It was established in 1850 in the Agly Valley and today is run by the sixth generation of the family. In 1998, Agnes and Jean-Francois Bachelet took over the 25 hectare property. They are specialized in the VDN of Maury and Muscat de Rivesaltes.

I love sweet wine and France. I am a Francophile of longstanding. I majored in French in college, lived in Dijon, and grew up in a home where everything French was considered at a higher level. My life has led me to spend more time and thought on Italy these last 20 years but I am making my way back to France and all things French a few times a month, at least through my wine glass.

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