Telegraph: "French red wine – the benchmark of quality "

The Telegrah emphasized the quality of French Red Wine from different regions of France.  We are very honored that O’Vineyards Trah Lah Lah 2010 is included.

Gaillac; Côte-Rôtie; Gevrey-Chambertin; Pauillac: legendary French red wines that ooze style and quality. Check out these and the rest of this fine French red wine selection.

Saint-Michel 2009, Gaillac AOC £6.99, Majestic

Another great-value wine from south-west France, this blend of syrah, merlot and the local braucol grape packs plenty of punch for little money. It’s a terrifically gluggable wine, with lively notes of earthy cherries and berries, tinged with smoky liquorice and braced by crunchy tannins. Keep this one back for Boxing Day; it will provide a refreshing counterpoint to all those cold cuts of meat and salad.

Château Saint Nicolas 2011, Côtes du Roussillon AOC £7.99, Waitrose

Roussillon, which lies on France’s eastern border with Spain, is a go-to region for wines that deliver on quality and value. This red wine is a real crowd-pleaser, made from a blend of grapes similar to that used in the better-known Côtes du Rhône. Juicy, ripe and approachable, its slightly herby, spicy red fruit would work well with the Christmas turkey – especially if it comes with a dollop of cranberry sauce on the side.

Trah Lah Lah 2010, Domaine O’Vineyards, Cité de Carcassonne IGP £12.99, Naked Wines

Ryan and Joe O’Connell, the father-and-son team behind this delightfully named wine, originally hail from the US. They’ve put down roots in the Languedoc – near the pretty walled city of Carcassonne – and now make a range of heady red wines from grapes grown in the area. This dark, brooding blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot is packed with bold, ripe berry fruit. It would work well with the Christmas turkey; if you’re dining on rib of beef instead, so much the better.

Syrah Les Epices 2009/10, Domaine Les Yeuses, Pays d’Oc IGP£8.99, Majestic

While the syrah heartland is the northern Rhône, this version hails from vineyards within sight of the Mediterranean. The coastal position ensures vines benefit from breezes that keep the grapes from over-ripening – preserving the brightness that’s detectable in this wine. Thoroughly delicious, it has smoky damson and spiced fruit, draped around a framework of ripe tannins, and gives many a Crozes-Hermitage, twice the price, a run for its money.

Domaine Damien Coquelet 2011, Chiroubles AOC £14.04, The Sampler

This is a beaujolais – but if you’ve only ever tasted beaujolais nouveau, the personality and richness of this wine will come as a (very pleasant) surprise. Made from grapes grown on vines approaching their 90th birthday, this is an intense, earthy wine with aromas of summer flowers and red berries. Juicy and bright, it has enough tannin and acidity to provide structure – but not so much as to get in the way of your drinking pleasure. A festive season all-rounder.

La Croix Boissée 2010, Bernard Baudry, Chinon AOC £17.95, Lea & Sandeman

Cabernet franc is one of the parents of the popular cabernet sauvignon grape and shares some of its aromatic characteristics. However, it needs a cooler climate to thrive, which is why it’s most at home on the banks of the Loire. This cuvée – made from grapes grown on chalky soils – is fine-boned and elegant. Black fruit flavours are enlivened with a pronounced seam of smoky, graphite-tinged minerality. The tannins and racy acidity make this a food wine par excellence.

Fortis 2008, Domaine de Monteillet, Côte-Rôtie AOC £31.78, Goedhuis & Co

Côte Rôtie is one of the most prestigious appellations in the northern Rhône, an area that specialises in producing sinewy syrah redolent of cracked black pepper. This cuvée has had its brawn softened with a judicious dose of viognier; a white grape that knocks a few edges off the syrah, lending it a voluptuous, perfumed charm and enhancing its damson fruit. Decant it a couple of hours before your festive lunch and it should go down a treat.

Gevrey-Chambertin 2008, Mark Haisma, Gevrey-Chambertin AOC£32.50, Vinoteca, Bordeaux Index

Mark Haisma made his name in Australia, under legendary Yarra Yering winemaker Bailey Carrodus. More recently, he’s been in Burgundy and is beginning to make a name for his quirky, characterful wines. This gevrey-chambertin takes no prisoners: it is direct, with great purity of red berry fruit, a hint of autumn leaves and a long, perfumed finish. Subtle, precise and poised, this would be a terrific match for turkey or goose.

Les Hauts de Pontet-Canet 2009, Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac AOC £31 to £38, Bordeaux Index, Fine & Rare Wines, Hennings Wine Merchants

A rising star in the firmament of top-class Bordeaux. Its best bottle won’t emerge for a few years yet – and will cost five times the price of this, its second. The Bordeaux blend, dominated by cabernet sauvignon, is accessible, enhanced by the ripeness of the 2009 vintage. A bit of decanting would help bring its plush blackcurrant and cedar fruit to the fore and soften grippy tannins. Match with rare beef.


Every day in January gets a new Trah Lah Lah song… which it turns out is a lot of songs.  THIRTY-ONE of them.  Today’s song brings us to the realm of kid music.  A french version of the Big Bad Wolf who brings down some Tra la la on the three little pigs.


When I was little, I had a huge crush on Shirley Temple so she’s going to help you sing Tra la la today.

I’m crushed that I can’t embed this video. But just follow this link to the closing musical number in the 1940 movie Young People. Sing a little tra la la with Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie, and Charlotte Greenwood as the Ballantine family.  The audience sing along chorus harmonies at 5:23 are one of those gloriously 1940 era movie moments.

When things go wrong, it’s just the song to chase your cares away. a-Way. Ay-way.
Tra la la la what a merry world we live in.

Enjoy a little Trah Lah Lah wine with this one.

I’m spending a bit of time touring Champagne this weekend. But that doesn’t mean we can’t sing Tra la la like every other day in January.

Here’s a song from Die Fieldermaus perfomed by the Royal Opera

Sometimes referred to as the Champagne Song, this piece is about that king of drinks that made people sing Tra la la and think they could fly like bats by jumping off buildings. It’s a really weird opera. Anyway, you can pop a bottle of bubbly or a trah lah lah and sing along.

Today, we’re drinking trah lah lah with soul. Yesterday’s tra la la song was very funky and you can’t just switch gears from funk to something totally different.  So dialing it back a little with the less (but still quite) funky Tra la la la by Ike and Tina Turner.

Every day in January brings a new tra la la song.  Yesterday was a little too country for comfort, so it’s time to get funky.

The Great Deltas Tra La La La La

Come on now. Tra la la now. Open a bottle of Trah Lah Lah and enjoy the funk.

Today’s Tra la la song is from Patsy Cline.  A little bit of country music and a heavy emphasis on a triangle.  Tra le la le la *ding* triangle.

I know the Trah lah lah can lead to many shenanigans, but try not to get caught in any love triangles this year.

Okay, so it’s actually January.  But a bit of Trah Lah Lah can make any month feel like spring. ;D

Today’s Tra la la song is sung by Julie Andrews. The Lusty Month of May from Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot.

Admittedly, I’m much more familiar with Vanessa Redgraves’ Lusty Month of May in the film adaptation. I love how Camelot is an idylic place full of sexy 60s-styled maidens. Unfortunately, they cut the tra la la’s. So Julie Andrews version it is. In case you want to throw back though, here’s the clip from the movie:

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.

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.