La Ferme Julien Blanc 2011

As I type this I’m sitting at the small bistro table on our front porch overlooking the La Ferme Julientowering trees just now budding, the chickens are below scratching through the dry dead grass taking advantage of the worms and bugs and classical music plays in the background. Being a Florida girl I crave the sun, I long to feel the warm rays touching my face, warming my body and giving me a little less of a Morticia Adams look. But this wind is making getting in touch with the sun’s rays difficult.

I know in a few months I’ll be complaining about the heat along with half the nation but can we please reach a nice 75 degrees? Well I will tell you what is in reach some tasty white wines. That’s right; I’m gearing up for white wine season and this week I tried La Ferme Julien Blanc 2011, a simple and very drinkable everyday wine.

Color is a pale yellow with a green tint. Citrusy lime and fresh peach aromas lead to minerality mid-palate followed by honey and light acidity with a clean and pleasing finish.
Paired with left over Porketta made into a hash served with fresh from our yard eggs.

Region – Luberon Region – Rhone Valley
Varietals – Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino
Alcohol – 13%
SRP – $6.99 at my local Trader Joe’s. This may be less if you are on the West Coast.

La Ferme Julien is an affordable label sold exclusively by Trader Joe’s and produced by the Perrin Family, you’ve probably seen their cute chicken and rooster on the La Vieille Ferme label. A leader in organic wines the family’s wine producing history dates back to the early 1900’s when Pierre Tramier purchased the well known Château de Beaucastel, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Tramier quickly went to work replanting vines after phylloxera devastated the region. This rejuvenation was continued by Tramier’s son-in-law Pierre Perrin who then passed the reigns to Jacques Perrin. Five generations later the family now owns over 1,200 acres in Southern Rhone and produces several well known and highly rated wines.

For those of you who are into Hollywood stars, one article I found sited collaboration with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in regards to the couple’s estate, Château Miraval, in Correns, France.

This weekend wine hubby and I are attending the first wine soirée of the season at a local winery. I’m hoping to see some bud break as I’m told they have not awakened from their winter slumber just yet. We may just make some noise to wake those sleeping vines.

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