Tune in to Marlow FM (97.5) tomorrow morning at 11am to hear my client and Master of Wine, Alistair Cooper, talking to Mary Flavelle about his love of wine – and also discussing the new launch of Diving into Hampton Water – a rose, created by Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse Bongiovi and Gerard Bertrand.
Lucky me! I’m not kidding. Myself and Alistair Cooper, Master of Wine (and client of Hello Henley) were invited as guests of the Gérard Bertrand Truffle and Pruning Festival #FeteTailleGB in Narbonne at the weekend. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. Narbonne itself is a wonderful place – I would throughly recommend a visit. Of course while there it would be unforgivable not to stay at (or at least visit) the biodynamic Chateau L’Hospitalet. This wonderful vineyard / hotel is located between land and sea and is the jewel of the Launguedoc-Roussillon.
During my visit I received a plethora of wine masterclasses, I learnt all about Winter pruning and even got to dabble in a spot of truffle hunting – led by Mosquito the sniffer dog. But hold the phone, that’s not all! I then delighted my senses with a gastronomic Gala Truffle Dinner, alongside Jon Bon Jovi (as you do).
However, the biggest treat (and blush-moment) of the evening was Chateau L’Hospitalet owner and wine producer Gerard Bertrand gifting me (in person) with a very special wine – a 1977 Rivesaltes. A little bird told him it was my birth year.
Whopping thanks to all the team at Gérard Bertrand, especially Anne Serres, Director of Communications, and of course, to Gérard himself!
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I might have mentioned it before, but I love hanging out with Mary Flavelle at Marlow FM. Today I popped along to the studios for the third time – but, it wasn’t me doing the on-air nattering on this occasion, it was my partner (and client) Alistair Cooper MW.
Mary invited us along so Alistair could chat about achieving his Master of Wine and basically wax lyrical about all things vino. It was all fascinating stuff, and Hello Henley got a few mentions.
However, the piece de resistance was meeting Celia Imrie. What a treat!