Jacques ordered a surprise birthday party for his wife Yolande!
With Jacques, his sister Dominique & her husband Georges, Yolande stepped in O’Vineyards empty grand room…..Her children and grand children rushed out of O’ kitchen, singing Happy Birthday Mamie Yolande!
Two years in the row:
Thanks to all our Visitors and their wonderful reviews, O’Vineyards was awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence, repeating our last year ‘s performence!
This prestigious award, places us in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor.
Liz’s Salmon Rillettes
At the request of our World Travelers Sabine Bessey and her husband Ebaheart, here is the receipe of Liz’s Salmon Rillettes:
Get from the fish market about 200g of fresh salmon
heat your oven at 200°
Few drop of lemon, salt and pepper, roll your salmon inside of an aluminium sheet
cook in the oven for 10 minutes
Cool the salmon in the refrigerator
smash it with a fork
put in the ginger and garlic sauce
back in the refrigerator until the serving time
prepare the ginger-garlic sauce:
3 table spoon of mustard
about 20g of garlic. 20g of ginger
mix with about 3 table spoon of olive oil
put the sauce to the refrigerator.
Before serving, mix the salmon and the sauce.
Burbot in butter sauce
I like the small fresh burbots! Have to wake up early to get those at the fish market!
Very fast and easy receipe! Saute the fishes in a small amount of butter. add the garlic and parsley. When the garlic is golden, add some more butter, add the chopped parsley. Cook only one minute. Serve immediately!
I like to serve dishes, French or fusion, that our World Visitors can discover and appreciate. Travelers from Japan love sea food but I knew enough not to feed them shrimp tempura. I treated them to a Liz’s bouillabaisse.
Here is the receipe:
As for all my ingredients, the fish need to be very fresh! Then add onions, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes, salt and pepper.
I use the carrots for the color and the potatoes to thicken the broth and give it more of a “bisk” look and taste.
Sauté the fish before in a little amount of colza oil.
Sauté oinions, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes.
Put all ingredients together in a steamer and cook for 10 minutes.
Remove the bones, keeping only the meat of the fish.
blend fish and vegetables with some fresh dill. Serve hot. You can add on top a grilled toast covered with ementhal or gruyère cheese. or a grilled garlic toast!
At O’Vineyards our visitors from around the World are fascinating and unique!
The power of word of mouth: halfway around the World, in a Brisbane beauty salon, Jacinta was recommended to visit us by someone she just met, Barbara who was with us in January for her honeymoon!
Adorable truth from Babe’s mouth: Piper 13, traveling with her parents from the US, told us she will be back when she will be 21!
“A unique and lovely experience”
Reviewed April 22, 2013. by Jacinta McMahon. Melbourne, Australia
TripAdvisor. Senior Reviewer
This photo of O’Vineyards Bed & Breakfast – Carcassonne is courtesy of TripAdvisor
We recently stayed at this gorgeous setting whilst travelling through southern France. We deliberately looked for a bed and breakfast away from the hustle-bustle of the city, Carcassonne, but close enough to allow us to visit, see the sights and then return to some peace and serenity. O’Vineyards certainly provided us with that!
On arrival we were greeted by both Joe and Liz, and of course, Muse. Located at the end of a quiet road the house is literally surrounded by vineyards in every direction. We sat for a while, sipping on a lovely glass of their wine, chatting about the area, our travels and plans. Liz and Joe are both so friendly and interesting, without being too familiar or intrusive.
One point I must mention is the effort Liz went to in getting us connected to the internet- for some reason we were having trouble with the wifi and our macbook and iPad. Liz did not give up until we were connected, even contacting the internet provider and working through things systematically to ensure we had access. Also whilst we were staying with Liz and Joe we needed to do some printing, scanning and faxing- again, Liz went out of her way yo help us with this, and charged no extra for her time and efforts.
Following some ‘down time’ we met Joe and Muse out in the vineyard to learn more about the wines they produce. It was so informative and interesting and included many tastings and some very funny discussions. There was no wine snobbery here! Just genuine interest in sharing his knowledge and expertise. More tastings followed!
Then came dinner- what a gastronomical delight! It was so enjoyable to sit and feast upon such a beautiful meal. Liz is certainly a very talented chef and it was delightful sharing the table with Joe and Liz and sharing our stories. Conversation flowed so easily and the night flew by, with Joe promising us that we would not have a headache the following morning!
Breakfast was enjoyed out on the deck, overlooking the vineyards, with Muse sitting at our feet.
The whole experience at O’vineyards is first-class. So lovely to share some time with genuine people, in a beautiful setting, with great food and great wine. And no headache the next day!
Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful and overlook the vineyards
This is for you, our International Visitors who appreciate the Foods served and Wines that accomodate them! Good foods start with very good ingredients! Receipes posting soon!
This photo of Domaine O’Vineyards is courtesy of TripAdvisor
A Happy Winemaker’s Table
We are lucky that our International visitors seemed to share different months of the year!
Our customers word of mouth is our best advertising. Google search is also very important, keeping us busy… since Tripadvisor somehow moved us from the Carcassonne area to the whole Department of Aude.
People who have visited us know that O’Vineyards is in the Carcassonne Metropolitan area, only minutes from Carcassonne airport, Carcassonne train station and the Medieval City of Carcassonne!
Here is the lastest Tripadvisor review we got from Cindy and David Phillips who were sharing our Winemaker’s Table with Stan & Polly Jurczak from UK and Katsuhiko & Yuriko Toyoshima, Tsuyoshi & Mariko Kuwahara from Japan.
“All I can say is that I can’t wait to go back again!
Domaine O’Vineyards is a delightful vineyard about 8 km from Carcassonne. Hubby and I had a delightful two night stay with Liz and Joe earlier this week. We were spoiled from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We enjoyed a fabulous wine tasting with Joe, from tanks, barrels and bottles. By the time we left I think we sampled nearly every wine they produced, and every one was just fantastic. We enjoyed two delicious meals cooked by Liz – I don’t even know how many courses there were, served with a generous amount of wine. Liz even took me into the kitchen to teach me a recipe or two!
Their dog, Muse, took us for a walk through the vineyard, through Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet vines. The vines were just starting to bud and I can’t wait to return in the summer to see the vines in full leaf and grape.
Would I return? I’m definitely returning! “
Reviewed 10 April 2013
London, England, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor Senior Reviewer
O’Vineyards March 2013 Wall of Fame
After our Australian, Singaporian and some of our frequent UK visitors, most of our recent guests came from United States. Our fun has started much earlier this year thanks to you all!
We are missing the pictures of our International Peruvian Germano family. Will soon do a post on Roxana, Carlos and Family!