Oh Lala with a Bottle of Red

Paraza wine from Pays d’Oc.

oh-lala-wineUnder Louis XIV, the castle of Paraza served as the home of the engineer Pierre Paul Riquet during part of the construction of the canal linking the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, then called Canal du Roy.

Before becoming a winery, the estate had seen a variety of activities over the centuries, including the cultivation of olive trees, cereals, as well as the breeding of large herds of sheep. All of these ventures took advantage of the proximity of the Canal. This waterway was used for commercial and passenger transport.

The Danglas family now grow 70ha of vines on the hillsides of the village of Paraza. It’s a winery but also a destination for picturesque stays in a beautiful corner of France. Yes, I am biased as we once lived not far from there.

For their Oh Lala wine the Danglas family have created a melange of Syrah, Marselan (a grape variety obtained by crossbreeding Cabernet-Sauvignon and Grenache), Merlot and Cabernet Franc (parent grape of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carménère). It’s a well-structured wine and versatile.

Tasting notes:

Appearance: Deep red with purple tones
Nose: luscious red fruits, blackberries and a hint of warming spice

Palate: heaps of red and black berries; full and mellow
Finish: medium and deliciously fruity

Wine and food pairings:

A perfect wine for summer quaffing with alfresco meals of pasta, grilled meats and cheese dishes such as quiches and even fondue. A good bottle for pre-dinner drinks with savoury nibbles. Oh Lala from Paraza is just as convivial as the name would suggest.


Learn more about Paraza here https://www.chateau-de-paraza.com/