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eymet signing & wine tasting

June 11, 2012

As readers of my books might have noticed, I’m a bit of an organic zealot. I believe very strongly that products grown naturally, without the addition of agrichemicals, are better for the land, the people who work the land and the people who consume them.

One area of organic produce that I haven't really explored is organic wine. But on a recent visit to Eymet in the Dordogne, I discovered the Cave d'Eymet, a wine shop bang in the centre of the bastide town, selling an excellent selection of organic and biodynamic wines. (Biodynamic wines are a supercharged form of organic, produced in close harmony with nature and following the rhythms of the moon and stars.)

According to the owner, Mitch O'Sullivan, who has a raft of wine qualifications to her name, wines produced without chemical fertilizers not only taste crisper and fresher, but have lower levels of sulphur dioxide, so there is less chance of a hangover or a headache. Anyone need any more persuasion?

I mention this because on Thursday, August 9 I’ll be signing copies of Tout Soul at the Cave d'Eymet, between 10-1.00 pm, along with local author and historian Peter Hoskins, who walked over 1300 miles across France, while researching his book, In the Steps of the Black Prince, the Road to Poitiers, 1355 -1356.

It’s a market day in Eymet, and we’d like to invite anyone who happens to be in the area to join us for a pre-lunch glass of organic wine from Clos le Joncal an organic vineyard in Bergerac, and a wine-tasting. Books and fine wine: an excellent combination. I'm incredibly excited about this signing. No booking necessary, but hope to see you on the day.

Cave d'Eymet, 23 Place Gambetta, 24500, Eymet, the Dordogne

comments (11)

1. Posted by Rosie Luchini on June 12, 2012 7:13 PM

Sadly, we won't be in the Eymet region on that date, but we WILL finally be chez nous for good at our house! We both agree absolutely with you regarding the whole organic wine thing: we were introduced to the concept at our local, award-winning vegetarian restaurant in Cockermouth (Quince & Medlar) a few years ago, and it was the lure of the headache-free 'day after' that won the day! We both wish you and Biff a successful, biodynamic signing experience. Rosie and Richard

2. Posted by Lisa on June 13, 2012 5:34 AM

OHHHH! If only I were in the area. I never heard of organic wine, but I love the no hangover "perk." I wonder if they have organic champagne?

3. Posted by parisbreakfast on June 13, 2012 9:11 AM

Will Biff be attending?

4. Posted by mimi pompom on June 13, 2012 11:13 AM

Forgot to say that Biff most certainly will be there. Wild horses (or should that be rabbits) wouldn't keep him away.

5. Posted by KATIEK on June 25, 2012 9:11 PM

As posted on Jubilee blog my mum just reading her way through Ze Willer books.
She has completed 2 and now just starting Tout Soul(tissues required!!!)

As hooked on them as I am .
Ceratinly pour Tout generations......
My Mom in love with Biff and addicted to happenings in Villiers >

6. Posted by Linda Moss on June 27, 2012 11:11 AM

I read all three of your books last week while on holiday in western Crete with my daughter. While we were there we visited an olive estate called Terra Creta and tasted their delicious organic extra virgin olive oil, so I was delighted to read about your interest in organic produce. I've been promoting holidays on organic farms along with places using organic produce in meals since 1999. It's fascinating to know that so many people all over the world care about how the food they eat is grown. In case you might like to look at some of these places, my website is Organic Holidays http://www.organicholidays.com

7. Posted by lilliebo on July 17, 2012 8:21 PM

Hello Mimi Pompom,

Have you looked at the Amazon Kindle best-sellers in travel and holiday today? Only Tout Sweet is no20.



8. Posted by Melanie Cory on July 26, 2012 2:46 PM

So excited, we have booked our Chambre D'hotes and we look forward to meeting you and Biff on 9th in Eymet.

9. Posted by Claire on July 27, 2012 6:54 PM

Just finished tout Allure and Tout Soul which I had to get for my holiday in France. Loved, loved, loved them even more than the first!

10. Posted by anna on July 30, 2012 8:02 PM

Dear Karen: Just to say that I finished Tout Soul this afternoon... such wonderful writing. What a tale: so emotionally honest and so compassionately (and humorously) expressed. It brought back memories of my own 'dark night of the soul' ... Here's to you continuing to march on.

11. Posted by Kristie Kaighin on August 2, 2012 10:32 PM

We will be in Toulouse by the 6th August, just convinced hubby to drive me the 2 hours to Eyemet to meet Karen and Biff. Cant wait!

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