Outsiders Tasting - Because My Outside Tastes Better Than My Inside

I’m a member of a group of winemakers known as The Outsiders, our forces marshaled by Louise Hurren.  And in anticipation for our London tasting on November 10th, this article is an exploration of what being an outsider even means.

What the heck is an outsider?

There are people in this world who just always end up in weird situations.  Outsiders will regularly surprise you.  Not with contrived novelty.  Not by jumping from behind a corner and shouting “Boo!”  But by being genuinely and irrepressibly strange.

Am I an outsider?

Being a winemaker at a highly technical web conference gave me several glimpses of that priceless moment of surprise.  Somebody says, “I’m a front end UX designer.” Somebody else says, “I’m a coder working on the W3C”.  I say, “I’m a winemaker.” [small double take]  In that moment, the true definition of outsider emerges.  Somebody who is so unusual in the milieu, that they can contribute real insight.  It might not always be great insight, but it’ll be original.

But if being a winemaker makes me an outsider to the tech world, doesn’t that mean I’m an insider in the wine world.  Well, honestly, if you know anything about me, you know that’s not true.  I’m a first generation winemaker with no training, certifications, or degrees.  I was born and raised in a part of the US where award winning wine production is dominated by fermented fruit concentrate with flavors added (no joke, definitely a link worth clicking).  I just love wine and I’m pretty good at making it.

People ask why

People also ask how.  But all these questions are very hard to answer.  I don’t have a rule book or manifesto that guides my decision making.  I guess that’s also part of being a natural-born outsider.  Who knows why we do the crazy things we do?  But when you look at our amazing lives, our beautiful countrysides, our delicious wines, et cetera.  .  .  don’t your questions fade away?

Sharing the Outsider Experience

I hope the Outsiders Tasting in London this November 10th will give a lot of people a glimpse of true weirdness.  Not that the wines will be over the top, heavy-handed efforts to surprise you.  They’ll just be effortlessly surprising.  Because we’re all genuinely strange people.  And we can’t help but make interesting wines.

Who exactly are the Outsiders?

At the London tasting, we will be many. In no particular order:

OUTSIDERS TASTING – Documentation for the wines and bios for the winemakers attending the Outsiders Tasting.  The bios in this pack explains the outside angle for each of the winemakers.

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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