French Country Confessions

We admit it. We are urbanites. So why have we moved to the country? Primarily to make wine, and then we fell in love. Not just with each other, that has been on-going, but with the countryside. Circumstance put us in the northern county of Burgundy, and just south of the wine area of Chablis. Farm land to you and me.

Having taken up residence in our new life, we are endeavoring to learn. And there is lots to learn. Learn French, learn the culture, learn how to take care of the feathered variety of farm animals, as well as our other growing furry family, learn how to grow our own food, learn how to make cool things with pallets (a Piddlewick favourite), and all whilst enjoying French food and wine. Well, something has to make up for the early mornings in winter.

Come and explore the French countryside with us.

Do you love or hate autumn asks PumjackPiddlewick

I can honestly say I don’t like Autumn. And… I can honestly say I love it. It is probably my favourite season. Okay, second favourite. Because I hate the dark. Not that monster under your bed kind of fear hate, but the days closing in hate.  And if I amRead More →

Grape harvest time in the vineyard with Pumpjack Piddlewick

September for us is a balancing act of preparation and patience, as we wait for the starter gun to fire. The call came in at 6 o’clock in the evening. “We have to pick NOW!” I dropped everything. It’s all Go! Go! Go! when it comes harvest time in aRead More →

Chablis is a perfect example of Terroir. But what is terroir? Answers at PumpjackPiddlewick

I was walking through Chablis market this past Sunday and got to thinking how the wine from there is called ‘Chablis’ and not ‘Chardonnay’. You see, all the grapes growing around the town are Chardonnay. So, go figure. Elsewhere, for example, it would be, say ‘Californian Chardonnay’ or ‘Australian Chardonnay’.Read More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

Ever heard of Biodynamics? Most of us are aware of Organic. Biodynamic goes beyond organic. It’s a whole culture in relation to wine. Biodynamic wine is grown and made following organic principles. Also lunar calenders, and a few other weird and wonderful ways that don’t really make sense. I meanRead More →