Wine and Yoga a perfect pairing!

Yes they are and last week I participated in a virtual wine and yoga class hosted by Morgan Perry founder of Vino Vinyasa with wines from Famille Quiot in the Rhone Valley. We were joined by Florence Quiot the 13th generation at the helm. Yes, it was 2 am her time, and I thank her for staying up so late to chat with us.

This class was a reminder for me how much I enjoy yoga and how relaxing it is for the mind, body and soul. Add a glass of wine to that and life is good.

Morgan led us through about 40 minutes of yoga while educating us on the wines from the Quiot Family. That is multi-tasking at its best, as I could only concentrate on the yoga poses and balance, let alone trying to hold a conversation.

The Famille Quiot has been making wine in the Rhone Valley since 1748. Today they produce wines from the Rhone Valley and Provence. The wines are fruit-forward, balanced, exciting and easy-drinking with class, just what is needed as we head into the winter pandemic months.

Two of the wines were from Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Du Vieux Lazaret which is the vineyard that began their story in 1748 with 8 hectares and today is more than 100 hectares.

2018 Domaine Du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape White Rhone SRP $44.99 – A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne. This is a really nice winter white wine. Beautiful floral aromas with a hint of pineapple and pear lead to a palate full of stone fruit and ripe pineapple. The Roussanne that is aged in oak then blended into the wine really adds to the weight of the wine. Perfect to warm you up on a cold winter evening.

2017 Domaine Du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Red SRP $37.99 – A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, Terret Noir, Picoup, Muscardin, Picardin, Bourboulenc, Clairette and Roussanne from 38 parcels in Chateauneuf grown in 3 major soil types. Full of juicy red fruit, vanilla, mouth-drying tannins, raspberry and black licorice spice on the finish. This wine is a nice elegant wine that will pair with many of your winter roasts.

2018 Chateau du Trignon Cotes-du-Rhone Rhone Rouge SRP $18.99 – A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM) from 160 acres throughout six villages and Cotes du Rhone (Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Sablet, Plan de Dieu and Beaumes de Venise.) Fresh raspberries and strawberries with some cocoa and dark chocolate and a finish of black pepper. A nice everyday wine to wind down with.