Wine making

Pumpjack is a trained Oenologist, or Oenologue if you are in France. He makes wine. The perfect man. We’ve moved to France as he wants to make wine here. We are working a fermage (rental agreement) with a nearby Chateau to manage and maintain their vineyard in exchange we make wine from their grapes. It is a very big work in progress as the vineyard is in very poor condition. We are also making wine from other areas.

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

As a partner in wine, I am always on the lookout for lovely little reads about the fermented grape. This time we are in Tuscany for a little sun and plonk, (how many words can you think of for wine?) as we recommend Cooking with Frenet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson.Read More →

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

Joanne Harris is famous for her book Chocolat (another Bon Livre), but my personal favourite is Blackberry Wine. Not really surprising, as the overall concept is about wine (a personal favourite focus), but also I adore that it is narrated by a bottle of wine. That unusual aspect in itselfRead More →

I make no secret that Pumpjack, aka David, is my very own, personal wine maker. Am I lucky, or what?  I’ve detailed our adventures in finding a vineyard after moving here to France, as well as what’s involved in working a vineyard (read back breaking work) ~ see Our WineRead More →

Happy 2017 Resolutions for Pumpjack Piddlewick

I absolutely adore that the advent of the New Year gives one a sense of renewal, a chance to reflect and consequently focus on ones short and long term goals.  We have lots of changes planned for 2017 and, I must say, yes, I must, that we are very, veryRead More →