With Joyce from Singapore and Jing from Australia
Their first evening was at a wine tasting sponsored by Vins de Cité de Carcassonne, with food prepared by Michelin Star Chef Jerôme Ryon of Hotel de la Cité, to welcome about three hundred international wine professionals and journalists.
Shopping for fresh food is just 5 to 10 minutes drive from O’Vineyards. It’s easy to cook when you are lucky to find great fresh ingredients: vegetable, poultry, meat, fish, cheese.
The next post “More of Joyce and Jing” features some of the dishes shared with our Honeymooners during their stay.
Danny McCubbin and his photography assistant Anthony just came through the south of France. We were very happy that they could stop for three days in Carcassonne and taste the wonderful food and wine of the region. They participated in all our vineyard tours and workshops (i.e. they toured the winery, ate a 5 course lunch at the winemaker’s table, and shot some video of the recipes my mom teaches in her cooking workshop).
via Danny’s twitpic account
Danny is the editor for jamieoliver.com and has been working with Jamie for almost a decade now. He was as nice as you’d expect for a member of the Jamie Oliver team. It’s always a pleasure to share the region’s food and wine with folks visiting Carcassonne and it’s especially fun when the visitors are totally unpretentious food lovers like Danny and Anthony.
They also visited the medieval cité de Carcassonne and stayed in the historic Hotel de la Cité. Jerome Ryon, a local chef at La Barbacane, sat down with them to talk about cooking and food and how it’s about working with good ingredients and keeping things simple and accessible. Jerome insists this is true even at his professional level of cuisine (La Barbacane is a Michelin starred kitchen).
It was Easter weekend so we got to see a few of the neat things going on around Carcassonne. Easter egg hunts and chocolate making workshops. And it’s asparagus season.
And we organized a tasting on Easter where we enjoyed wines from all over the department of Aude. Some of Ben Darnault’s wines from Minervois, St. Chinian and Picpoul. Some Minervois from Hegarty Chamans as well. A whole lot of fun!
You Can Visit Too
And you don’t have to be a journalist to get these tours. If you want to visit us and have fun with wine and food, you only have to email me. Costs vary depending on what you want to do, so check out the tours and workshops we offer visitors and let me know what you want to do.