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Post by Santiago » Thu 22 Aug 2013 12:37

On September 7th there is going to be the first Vignerons des Aspres wine fair at the impressive Caves Byrrh in Thuir.

This is an event I've been trying to encourage for a few years so I'm pretty excited about it.

Les Aspres is the hilly region roughly between Le Boulou, Thuir and Pollestres. It has it's own AOC which is planned to become on a par with Caramany and the other named Cotes du Roussillon Villages in 2014.

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Kate - perhaps you could publicise the event on the main site.
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Post by Kate » Thu 22 Aug 2013 12:53

Send me a detailed text and the poster seperately and I'll post it on site next week.

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Post by Santiago » Fri 23 Aug 2013 14:01

Thanks Kate. I've emailed you it this morning.
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Post by Merisin » Tue 27 Aug 2013 08:50

This thread has been sitting here for ages. What strikes me most is that nobody has written in saying "Great idea, we'll be there".

Is this because many of us can't leave home without passing one or more caves offering tastings 7/7? Next thing we know the supermarkets will be having their foires aux vins. We already suffer from wine advertising overload.

Another thought. If the recolte is in full swing how come the vignerons have time to organise a wine fair. Surely they are too busy out in the fields.

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Post by Sue » Tue 27 Aug 2013 09:03

I really dont know why you live in France Mary there seems to be so little you like about the country, its culture and the people who live here. As for vignerons I assume they have employees to work in the fields.
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Post by opas » Tue 27 Aug 2013 10:12

fields! fields! vineyards if you do not mind :lol:
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Post by Sue » Tue 27 Aug 2013 10:14

So sorry maam. :roll:
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Post by Santiago » Tue 27 Aug 2013 10:54

Let me try to respond positively.

First of all this is a tasting and meeting event. You get to talk to the people behind the wines while you are tasting them. One of the great things about wine is that there is so much diversity and much of that comes from the personalities who are making it. Having nearly 20 of them together in one place means you can compare and contrast.

Secondly, we debated the date of the fair at some length. Personally I would have chosen a date in early June but as it turns out, all the crops are about 2-3 weeks late this year so the 7th Sept will be several days before we start picking. Besides. it's on a Saturday evening and I've never seen anyone harvesting at that time anyway.

I realise that the percentage of visitors that these kind of events draw from the anglophone community is low. But I hope a few people will come to see what it's all about and have a good time.
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Post by Owens88 » Tue 27 Aug 2013 11:52

We are going to it !
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Post by ruby » Tue 27 Aug 2013 21:11

Just tried your 2011 white 'la terre promise' ....very nice - got it from that great cheese shop in Thuir. Am hoping to attend the event - always enjoy the degustations & meeting those behind the creations, thanks
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Post by Santiago » Fri 30 Aug 2013 21:34

Glad to hear it appeals to a few people.

Quick update, we had a meeting last Thursday.

There are now 20 different vignerons participating, more than we had hoped. The band has been announced. The "Terrific Turkeys" a New Orleans Jazz band. We also have a human pyramid and a huge sculpture of a bunch of grapes. It may sound weird and a bit dull but I bet than up close it's pretty impressive.

I must say that I've been impressed by the organisation and energy of the Thuir-Aspres tourist office. They've managed to get it all arranged in about 8 weeks.

So I hope some more of you will make the effort to come out and enjoy the event and discover wines that are not for sale in your local supermarket.
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Post by Owens88 » Sat 07 Sep 2013 22:44

We went, we wined, we whined (a little bit to Johnathan, but it alliterates) and we will buy from two suppliers later in the week.
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Post by Santiago » Sun 08 Sep 2013 09:18

It was a superb event. The organisation by the Aspres-Thuir tourist office was top-notch and we had more visitors that anyone (except me) imagined, around 700, which is amazing for the first time we've done this kind of joint event.

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Nice to finally meet John too.
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Post by Santiago » Fri 13 Sep 2013 08:05

Here's a great review of the fair, comparing it with the Emporda Wien Fair in Figueres.

http://www.enotourist.net/two-wine-fair ... lds-apart/
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Post by Sue » Fri 13 Sep 2013 08:21

Well done to all the local wineries who participated for pulling this off so well.
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Post by BT » Mon 10 Mar 2014 00:28

Will it be on again this year? If yes any idea as to the date?

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Post by Santiago » Sat 12 Jul 2014 12:49

Yes. We had a meeting about it last week. The date has been set for Saturday Sept 6th.

We've agreed to have more food stands but otherwise the organisation was pretty much perfect so not much will change.
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