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Saint Vincent Celebration in Carcassonne

“We do good with very good,” was the motto of Prosper Montagne, master French chef and culinary writer, recognized as one of the most celebrated talents of French cuisine.

Club Prosper Montagne is unique. It brings together all areas of Food and Drink: butchers, bakers, chefs, chocolatiers,  farmers, restaurateurs, caterers, winemakers,… all are committed to develop quality products.

The club radiates throughout France with presidents by region . Its scope of action never stops expanding. Internationally, delegations are also present in Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Japan, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Alphonse Caravaca, President of Prosper Montagné Carcassonne put together a great event, celebrating the Patron Saint of Grape growers & Winemakers with a delicious private 350 sold out Lunch.

On Saturday January 19th, festivities will start at 11:00 with Deputy Mayor of Carcassonne leading the parade. Participants will be guided through the streets of the Bastide St Louis to the Church of St. Vincent where will be held the blessing of the wine!
Truffles supplied by Philippe Barriere will be the hi-light of the Celebration. Lunch will be served by a young and talented caterer.

The five winemakers representing the Region are:
Joe O’Connell, O’Vineyards,
Raymond Julien, Chateau Mirausse,
Jean Louis Poudou,  Domaine de La Tour Boisée,
Domaine de l’Horte,
Antech Limoux.

Alphonse called a meeting to verify the final preparation…we drank and ate as much as we talked!

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.

Mozart’s Turkish March never sounded so ridiculous. Here’s Valery Leontiev doing the a capella version with a fair amount of tra la las.

In direct competition with Édouard Khil Mr Trololo.

Today’s song is Regine’s Jamais Tra La La, a cynical look at life that claims it’s never as easy as Tra La La. I beg to differ. Wipe away those disco blues by opening a bottle of Trah Lah Lah and show Regine who is boss!

My Trah Lah Lah in Champagne continues and here’s a song that doesn’t actually have any tra la las in it but is on an album called “Champagne et Tralala” by Claire Lise. There is a song on this album with tra la las but I cannot find the video. So instead here is the extremely suggestive chanson erotique from the same album. Although I would like to point out that this is not why I’m in the region 😛

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.

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.