Suzy Delair Avec Son Tra la la helps lift wires and morale

Every day in January brings us another tra la la tune to sing while we drink our Trah Lah Lah wines.   And there are only 38 cases left in our January offer for UK residents looking for a bit of Trah lah lah, O’Syrah and Proprietor’s Reserve.   Act fast!

Today’s a beautiful R&B single.  Pat Boone sings Tra la la la la la la la la la la.

Now, as is the case with many of Boone’s hits, it was a cover of a song performed by African American artists.  So Dot (the label) would put out Boone’s version as the more approachable (whiter?) face of R&B.

Here’s the original recording of Tra la la by the Griffin Brothers feat. Tommy Brown (a lot of places say “the Griffin Brothers” but the vinyl in the youtube video just says “Griffin Brother”.. will investigate).  Enjoy!

Tra la la la la la la la la la

Today’s tra la la song comes from Russia with love.   Excuse the poor quality of this recording.  You can hardly tell the chorus is tra la la.

The Red Elvises must have had a bit too much Trah Lah Lah before performing the song, because normally the lead vocals are a dude on this song and the girl does the chorus. So this is a fun role reversal. :) Enjoy.

A new tra la la song for every day in January!  And today, UK readers of this blog can actually grab a mixed case with a couple bottles fo Trah Lah Lah wine at an incredibly discounted price.

Thursday, I posted the wildly popular Ding Dong Song by Gunther and the Sunshine Girls.  But the truth is that song’s famous chorus “Ooh, you touch my tra la la/ ahh my ding ding dong” comes from another song!

Here is the original Tra la la song by the Dutch band Phil & Company.


Have I blown your mind?! So boys can sing Tra la la like Gunther and girls can sing tra la la like Phil.  Ding dang dong.

Stay tuned for more exciting trah lah lah music history. ;D

Every day in January promises another Tra la la song to sing when you drink a bit of our Trah Lah Lah wine. But yesterday’s ding dong song was so over the top ridiculous, I feel like we should get back to something more serious.

Today’s song is from Bizet’s opera Carmen. The first bit is dancing and instrumental, but the Tra la la’s come in around the 2:00 mark. And once they start, they don’t stop.

That’s Agnes Baltsa singing “Les tringles des sistres tintaient”. Since nobody knows what the heck a sistres is or what it would sound like when it taintaients, it’s often called the “Gypsy Song”. A sistre is a type of percussive instrument like a tambourine that has sort of small metal rods that will clink together. Tintaient is a form of past tense for light ringing/jingling (like when you ring a bell without letting the clapper hit the side of the bell).

The more famous performance of this song is probably Maria Callas, but then you don’t get to see video of them dancing around tensely to the instrumental. I have to make choices!

Anyway, if you’re too serious to ask people to touch your tra la la, your ding ding dong, then you can sing some operatic Tra la la’s from Carmen instead.

We’re posting lots of songs about tra la la, and encouraging you to sing them after drinking a bit of Trah Lah Lah wine. While today’s song is embarrassingly cheesy, I’d be remiss to ignore it.

I vaguely remember the first time I saw this music video. I believe it was in college, before YouTube. So you had to find a quicktime video or download it on kazaa. 2004 was so recent, how can I be so nostalgic already?

Well, when you see the glint in Gunther’s eye, you understand the true meaning of nostalgia. Enjoy this absurdly over the top Eurodance classic “Ding Dong Song” by Gunther and the Sunshine Girls.

And now you know why I snicker every time somebody asks to taste my Trah Lah Lah. However I should take a moment to deny rumors that we’re working on a cuvée Ding Ding Dong.

Here’s a 78 recording of LaVern Baker (I think with her backing band The Gliders) performing Tra la la. Just one more song you might sing if you and your loved one have a bit of trah lah lah wine this year.

If you like this song, you might want to check out Tweedlee Dee and Bop-Ting-A-Ling. LaVern Baker was sort of a fan of onomatopoeia.

I’m continuing to post a trah lah lah song each day in honor of our Trah Lah Lah cuvée. Today we’re going punk with The Dickies cover of the Banana Splits theme song.

The original version was the theme song for the Banana Splits Adventure Hour in the 1970s

The Dickies cover was recorded in the late 70’s. And it was recently featured in the full length motion picture Kick Ass in the scene where Hit Girl saves Kick Ass and kills a bunch of guys with the Mindy Stick (crazy staff with a katana on each end).

I’m continuing to post a trah lah lah song each day in honor of our Trah Lah Lah cuvée.

Today’s hits really close to home. This is a chanson paillarde or sort of naughty drinking song. Very often, at the end of big lunches and dinners, once everybody has had a lot of trah lah lah, the men start to sing. Here’s a banda performing one of the local favorites:

The song was also featured in a Love That Languedoc video I did a couple years ago at a big feast at the Domaine de Sautes.

And here’s a more hifi recording with some lyrics:

Quand la boîteuse s’en va au marché (bis)
Elle n’y va jamais sans son panier (bis)
Et elle s’en va le long de la rivière
Tortillant du cul, des fesses et du derrière

Ah! Jamais on n’a vu,non jamais vu
Un aussi beau cul que celui de la boîteuse
Ah! L’on ne verra plus, ne verra plus
Une boîteuse avec un si beau cul
Sur l’air du tralalala (bis)
Sur l’air du tralalala lala

Quand la boîteuse s’en va au rugby (bis)
Elle n’y va jamais sans son demi
Et elle s’en va, le long de la rivière
Tortillant du cul, des fesses et du derrière


Quand la boîteuse vient à Lézignan (bis)
Elle montre son oignon à tous les habitants (bis)
Et elle s’en va le long de la rivière
Tortillant du cul, des fesses et du derrière


Quand la boîteuse va faire la feria (bis)
On voit son tapanari dans les bodegas (bis)
Et elle s’en va tout le long des terrasses
En montrant son cul, ses fesses et ses jambasses


Quand la boîteuse vient à Pézénas (bis)
C’est pour se confesser au curé de Conas (bis)
Et elle s’en va,le long de la 113
Tortillant du cul, des fesses de la prothèse


Sometimes the line about the beau cul is reversed:   “Jamais on a vu un si beau cul que celui de la boiteuse”

References to Pezenas and the N113 reveal that this song is very much made for Midi and Aude in particular.

Alright. it’s January 2012. I’m full of ideas and energy.  I just finished up the Trah Lah Lah 2010 blend (it’s awesome) and I want to celebrate that.  So I’m going to post songs with a lyric like Trah Lah Lah or Tra la la or Tra Lee Lah or whatever until I run out of songs.  Feel free to contribute your own favorites by email or in the comment section.

Here is the first TRAH LAH LAH January post!

Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant perform Tra La La in the film adaptation of An American in Paris

How much Trah Lah Lah do you have to drink before you start tap dancing?


I know the blog has been super self promotional lately, but it’s because I can only tell you about lifting wires so many times before you start to hate me.

joe the winemaker in his cabernet 2
Here’s a picture of dad lifting wires in the Cabernet (which we finally finished!) But now we have to go back to the first wires we lifted in the Syrah and lift them some more. Like painting the Golden Gate Bridge, by the time you finish the far end, you have to go back to the beginning.

But amidst all this lifting, I took some time to organize our media and press coverage (no easy task because of the variety of languages and the fact that so many traditional media outlets refuse to get online).

And I found a comment that I really liked. Bol d’Air, a magazine insert that comes with l’Independant once per week, finished an article about my family and our wines with a nostalgia-filled reference to Suzy Delair’s singing. What better way to bring you a breath of fresh air than Suzy Delair showing off her Trah lah lah?!

This is from Quai des Orfèvres (1947) where Suzy portrays the seductive Jenny Lamour.  People always ask me why I named a wine Trah Lah Lah. Here is one more reason.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards is just a few kilometres north of Carcassonne. GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

Domaine O’Vineyards
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou until the D118 (the last straight road) and the Dyneff gas station on the roundabout.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which goes up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire.
  4. At the last juction, bear left at the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.