Over the past week, I have taken visitors from the US and Australia to Château de Paraza. The US visitors were wine connoisseurs and those from Australia, vignerons. All were very impressed with the wines of Château de Paraza. In both cases we had sampled selected Château de Paraza wines from our cellar with planned food and wine-matched dinners, prior to our visit to their winery.
Château de Paraza is very much a dedicated family operation with members of the Danglas family (Antoine, Mathieu and Lucy) involved in all key aspects of operation along with mother, Annick. With their wines, they have a clear perception of where they are, where they going and how they intend to get there through the development of quality vins du pays and AOP wines. They are also gradually redeveloping the winery, a large and commodious building of great character and the allied grounds of the château. It is a magnificent setting all round. Again, the bonus for visitors who do not speak French is that all the family speak good English and can therefore explain in great detail the history and every reality and dream of their operation as well as the convoluted challenges of bureaucracy and controls operant in the French winemaking industry.
Revisiting the wines was great, as always. Along with three other wineries in my adopted region of France, Château de Paraza wines (above all and still, their "Les Baronnies") have become firm "faves" with a place in my cellar and at the dinner table. This is going to be a long association!
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