Visit with Abby and Adam
Sunday, October 2, 2016
A groovy wine tour at Domaine O’Vineyards
I’d heard from some of the other Naked Wines Angels and Archangels that a visit to the Domaine O’Vineyards in France is an absolutely excellent experience. So when we were in the Languedoc this summer, we decided to book a night with meal and wine tasting with Joe and Liz O’Connell.
|Joe giving his groovy wine tour|
We were over half an hour early, but Liz, Joe and Muse the dog opened the doors and welcomed us into a wonderfully cool room and opened an ice-cold bottle of delicious white wine. It was absolute bliss. And, it wasn’t a thimble-full of wine either, it was a nice, big, juicy glug.
|The view from our balcony|
|My husband and I enjoying the yummy wines|
The winery and the vineyards were absolutely stunning. Joe had designed the building himself and the decor and structure were an interesting mix of modern, rustic and baroque. All peppered with art that you felt they’d collected on their journey through life. Our bedroom had a fabulous view of the vines and I joked to Liz that I would need a ladder to get onto the ginormous bed. Everything was very luxurious and felt like a proper treat. Again, probably not stylish in a modern or conventional sense, but all very cool, eclectic and distinctive.
When everyone else arrived, Joe introduced the event as “not a wine tasting, but a wine drinking”. And, that really set the tone for the event. The measures were generous as were the hosts with their time and attention.
|Stunning sunset over the vines|
At the tasting and meal, we were treated to glass upon glass upon glass. So much so that I think we tried everything in their range. The wines were stylish and interesting, without taking themselves too seriously. For example, all the bottle labels were designed by the family and one even had the head of a Naked Wines Archangel on it.
My favourite wine was probably the O’Chasan 2015. I’d never tried a pure Chasan wine before, but apparently it is a popular, but underrated wine of the Languedoc region. Very light and easy drinking and perfect served crisp cold. We also loved the O’Syrah 2011. A smooth and peppery Shiraz that left my mouth warm and very happy for a long time after each sip.
The food was all lovingly prepared by Liz. The website promoted the meal as “home cooked food”. Well, if you live in a house with about 20 chefs! I have no idea how she managed to create all that food. We enjoyed course after course of interesting and intricate Asian-French-Californian fusion food. And Liz lovingly enthused about how she made each dish and her added personal touches.But the real star of the show was their beautiful conker dog, Muse. He seemed to lead the wine tour, obviously knowing the route by heart. Staring lovingly up at us all with gorgeous eyes, hoping to perhaps get a few of Liz’s supper treats.
|What a view to have from your dining room table!|
When we finally stumbled to bed, I’ve never seen such a beautiful sky from our balcony overlooking the vines. Hundreds of stars and with not an artificial light or sound in sight.
The whole experience was extremely relaxing, very decadent and, well, groovy baby….