Gérard Bertrand: Out of this World Biodynamic Wines
In this international edition, the women of the Wine Oh Wine Club travel to the South of France to taste a wine from one of the Languedoc-Roussillon region’s premiere producers, Gérard Bertrand. Five women give their different perspectives on one wine, a Rhone blend (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre) from the South of France and get a taste of “Art de Vivre” – the “art of life.”
Owner of 11 wine estates in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Gérard Bertrand was born in Corbieres in 1965. Today he’s an ambassador for the South of France. As a pioneer of biodynamic wines, he believes great wine comes from respecting the natural world and sustaining it for future generations. Bertrand is also committed to producing quality wines at a great value, which is exactly what we find in tasting the Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2011 $15.99.
At a recent lunch at Boulevard in San Francisco, I had a chance to get to know Gérard Bertrand, taste some of his amazing wines and experience “Art de Vivre les Vins du Sud.” It was there where he unveiled his Clos d’Ora wine for the first time in the United States and gave me the scoop on his new book Wine, Moon and Stars.
The “quantum” wine, 17 years in the making, is the result of a spiritual awakening and Gérard’s desire to produce an exceptional wine at a mysterious and unspoiled spot in the Minervois.
“I want to create a wine able to resonate with the spirit and soul.”
“Wine is spirituality, it’s transcending, when you drink wine you have a chance to be better.”
Gérard Bertrand owns eight estates and manages three in the finest wine-growing areas of Languedoc. He offers a range of selected wines crafted to bring out the best expression and characteristics of each Terroir. The 600 hectares (1250 acres) of vines reflect the diversity of the region and offer an extensive proposal and different styles to our wine-lover consumers:
1. Domaine de Villemajou, Corbières-Boutenac
2. Château l’Hospitalet, Coteaux-du-Languedoc
3. Château Laville Bertrou, Minervois-La-Livinière
4. Domaine de l’Aigle near Limoux
5. Domaine de Cigalus, Aude Hauterive
6. Château Aigues Vives, Corbières Boutenac
7. Château La Sauvageonne, Terraces of Larzac
8. Château La Soujeole, Malepère
9. Clos d’Ora, Minervois-La-Livinière
10. Château des Karantes, Coteaux-du-Languedoc La Clape
11. Château de Tarailhan, Coteaux-du-Languedoc La Clape
Wine Oh Wine Club
What’s the Wine Oh Wine Club you wonder? Well, it’s kind of like a book club for wine. I thought it might be fun to get a group of wine loving gals with different tastes and perspectives together to drink some wine and share their thoughts on it based on their different backgrounds.
I wanted to bring a group of gals together, who like to have fun and love to drink wine! In this episode of the Wine Oh Wine Club we are joined by Gianna a.k.a Momma Wine Oh, Chasta a.k.a Rockin’ Wine Oh, Mary a.k.a Fashionista Wine Oh, Laura a.k.a Foodie Wine Oh and of course Monique a.k.a Wine Oh Wine Oh:) Through the course of the wine video series you can be sure that we will taste red wine, white wine, sweet wine, dry wine, sparkling wine and lets not forget Champagne!
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Gianna/Momma Wine Oh
Gianna Franco currently lives in the Bay Area and is the Host of the popular Blog the Can Do Divas. She is also the afternoon Sports Update Anchor on 95.7 FM, The Game, with “Bucher & Towny.” When she is not delivering breaking sports news and commentary you can find her on KPIX CBS-5 as a Fill-in Traffic Reporter and as a Sideline Reporter for Comcast Hometown Network. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, music, reading, and watching movies with her Husband Pete, son Falcon, Step-kids Geddy & Lila and pups Oscar & Mayer.
Chasta/Rockin’ Wine Oh
Chasta is a small town girl from Oklahoma with a passion for the “big city.” She moved to California at age 21 to pursue her dreams of radio and TV. After living in LA for 5 years she relocated to Northern California where she married her rockin’ drummer husband, Jay. She now resides in San Francisco and you can hear her daily on “The Lamont & Tonelli Show” on 107.7 The Bone. She also hosts the blog Can Do Divas with her best friend Gianna.
Laura/Foodie Wine Oh
Laura is a startup marketer by day and frequent patron of San Francisco’s best restaurants by night. She’s previously written for Chicagoist, Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times. She strongly believes sparkling wine is for the everyday, not just special occasions.
Mary/Fashionista Wine Oh
Mary lives in wine country – the Silicon Valley wine country that is. A Certified Sommlier and WSET Advanced certified, she blends wine and perfume with style on her blog WineFashionista, and travels the world in search of great wine and fragrance.
She is the wine writer for the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group. Mary has also contributed to Napa Sonoma Magazine, Edible Silicon Valley, Palate Press, Diablo and Grape Collective. In addition Mary is a James Beard and Emmy award winning TV producer. She was the Executive Producer on the NBC show In Wine Country, the longest running wine TV show.