August 6, 2001
Decent night’s sleep, but I’m getting a sore throat.
Breakfast was similar to the last couple of days.
We left for Chateau de Beaucastel on a bus with good AC and a
better driver. On the way I
saw several herons, some magpies, and an owl.
We also got a great look at Mt. Ventoux
We stopped in Avignon near the Palais des Papes and had 2
hours to do the tourist thing. We got some munchies (pizza and quiche), bought some nice
table linens, and I got a guitar CD from a local musician, which I had him
autograph. We also found a pharmacie
and got some more cough syrup. We
left Avignon and stopped at Chateau de La Nerthe unannounced, but were
told “Eet ees not possible” to have an early tasting, so we left and
ended up at Beaurenard, where we were treated to some first class French
attitude. And the wines were
lousy! From there it was off
to Beaucastel where we were greeted by “Mike”.
He gave us a great talk and tour, then led us to the tasting area. As we tasted through the offerings, Mike waxed most
passionately about the wines, the vineyards, and Beaucastel’s winemaking
philosophy. I really enjoyed
my time there. No wines were
offered for sale, but we had the chance to taste a couple whites and some
since grape components of their CNdP, as well as a final product in the
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