NY Pays d'Oc Wine Week Nov.2nd to 8th

Exciting, dDverse Wines at Fair Prices

By: - Nov 02, 2015


The beautiful Pays d'Oc region of France wraps around the Mediterranean Sea like a glove. The climate and windswept soils create ideal growing conditions for the 56 grape varieties that thrive in this region. Diversity exists. 50% of the wines are red, 30%, rose and 20% white. Known varietals are used, which make the understanding of varietals on labels an easy task.

Pays d'Oc pleases #Winelovers in numerous ways. Mainly, price and quality and a guarantee of the trace-ability of its wines. The winemakers offer their wines under recognized European quality standards, known as PGI (Protected Geographical Indication). This standard recognizes the relationship between the land and the aromatic quality of the grape varieties.

In fact, 100% of Pays d'Oc IGP wines are tasted by a committee of wine experts, in order to be certified.

The international varietals used in the wines are easily identifiable.

Red grapes used consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Mourvedre and Pinot Noir.
Roses are made from Cinsault, Syrah Rose and Grenache. More roses are produced in Pays d'Oc than Provence.

The white varieties used are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Muscat Sec and Vermentino.

The winemakers in Pays d'Oc have close to total freedom to make wine as they wish. That is quite unique in a country that has deep rooted rules in Burgundy, Bordeaux and Reims. Unlike those regions, which focus on specific requirements, such as barrel aging, percentage of grapes used in blends, amount of time in bottles, etc., these winemakers from Pays d'Oc IGP. master creativity in wine making on their own.

That is what makes Pays d'Oc unique. Add diversity, variety, quality and price to the formula and you have a region that makes wines specifically in the winemakers style.

The is relatively new for the wines of Pays d'Oc, hence this 'Pays d'Oc IGP Wine Week promotion. It is a way to sample what Pays d'Oc IGP has to offer.

Twenty-five restaurants are participating in this event and each restaurant will carry a variety of wines from the region. The promotion takes place from November 2nd, through Sunday, November 8th.

For a complete list of restaurants, with contact information, visit:

The restaurants, by name are:

A.O.C. Laile ou la Cuisse




Banc Cafe

Bar Olivino--Brooklyn

The Bounty--Brooklyn

Bread and Tulips

Cafe Lluc--Brooklyn

Cubana Cafe--Brooklyn



Eugene and Company--Brooklyn

Fish Tag


Le Philosophe


Maison Harlem

Peque Vino y Tapas

Ponty Bistro


Provence en Boite--Brooklyn



Ten Degrees

VBar Seaport

VBar St. Marks

VBar & Cafe

Westville (East)

Remember, Pays d'Oc creates wines that break the French tradition because the IGP wines offer a new generation of winemakers who focus on diversity of varietals at accessible prices. The wines are food wines that have an endless appeal to your palate, whether it is an aperitif, a food pairing or just a wine to drink on its own.

I have several favorites from the region. If the restaurant you visit offers any of the following wines, make sure that you try them, or just buy them on your own.

Gris Blanc 2014 Gerard Bertrand

La Mazet Blanc 2014  Domaine de Nizas

B&G Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Barton & Guestier

La Rousse Malbec 2014  Pierrick Harang

Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2011  Domaine Gayda

Blanc de Brau 2014  Domaine de Brau

Villa Blanche Syrah 2014  Calmel & Joseph