L'Express - An American in Carcassonne

This summer, we were very excited to be featured in a special wine issue of L’Express magazine in France.  This is a national magazine and the equivalent of TIME in the United States.  So it’s got a wide reach, and the people reading it aren’t necessarily wine geeks.

l'Express article about O'Vineyards - An American in CarcassonneBilling me as an American in Carcassonne, Nicolas de Rouyn shares our journey in a fun, relatable way.  “Mazette. Grosse affaire,” as the article says. 😀

We’re happy with the coverage.  Especially because this publication is designed to be read by normal people.

So often the wine world tends to limit itself to other wine professionals or initiated wine lovers.  But most wine is consumed by normal people who only think about wine a few minutes a week!

Hopefully this sort of article can get us out of the omphalocentric wine beltway and get the word about O’Vineyards out into the big open public.

This whole issue of l’Express was pretty interesting.  They had something like 12 pages devoted to wine bloggers (where O’Vineyards was mentioned a couple times as well).  The Languedoc Roussillon was well-represented throughout the issue.  Hopefully, the French wine blogosphere can benefit from this exposure and get more people interested in wine.

But then, seeing the way some people reacted to the article, I don’t have TOO much hope for getting the French wine blog world popular exposure.  We still seem pretty preoccupied by petty rivalries, alliances, and vendettas.  If you don’t have the patience to read through the 200+ comments in this thread, suffice it to say that people disagreed with the selection criteria for the Express articles.  Thankfully, most people will never be privvy to this squabbling (despite my willingness to link to it ;D) and most people will just think “Oh there are French wine bloggers. That’s cool!”

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards, located in the North Arrondissement of Carcassonne, is just minutes from the Carcassonne train station, the Medieval City, and the Carcassonne Airport.
GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

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North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Best by GPS.
    Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou using the D118. At the end of the last straight part of D118, you will come to a roundabout with the Dyneff gas station.
  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 curves up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire on the left.
  4. At the last juction, bear left. 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.
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