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Basculer: How bad choices (and an old tractor) killed a winemaker’s dream: Jean-Marc story is featured in this week's Wine Spectator

Jean-marc handling plow
In this week's Wine Spectator Magazine, Robert Camuto has written a cohesive account of how things fell apart at our vineyard near Bandol. Find a link to the article in the following column.


    : to topple over, to change dramatically

Il y a 15 mois, alors que tout "roulait" pour moi, ma vie et celle de ma famille a peu à peu basculé vers le doute et l'incertitude.
Fifteen months ago, while everything was going so well for me, my life and that of my family's took a turn, little by little, toward doubt and uncertainty.  


by Kristi Espinasse

Before things speed up and this year comes to an end, I would like to thank you, Dear Reader, for the encouragement and support you have given me in the past year of transition. Whether you read some or many of these posts, whether you took a moment to comment on them, or whether you sent in a donation to keep this effort going, your interest in this journal continues to give meaning and purpose to my life.

Donc, je tiens à vous remercier du fond du coeur!
So I don't want to miss this chance to thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Just this morning while scrolling through my Google News feed, I was amazed to see a story about my husband! The piece, in Wine Spectator, comes at a serendipitous time: the closing of the year and the end of our 10-year vineyard story. I hope you will take a moment to read Robert Camuto's latest article and share it with anyone who has ever chased a dream and lost themselves in the pursuit.

The article begins...

Jean-Marc Espinasse sat on the terrace of his new home in the French Provençal coastal town of La Ciotat and contemplated what went wrong. Three years earlier, Espinasse had launched a daring boutique winery less than five miles to the east, in the heart of Bandol.... continue reading this story at WineSpectator.com


Jean-marc and son max planting cinsault at mas des brun vineyard

Meet Jean-Marc and our son Max in Texas and in Portland! 

Max and Jean-Marc will be pouring the very last US bottles of Mas des Brun and other delicious wines next December in TX and OR. If you live nearby, don't miss 
seeing them.

Houston,  TX : December 13th at 7 PM
- Winemaker Dinner at Bistro Provence13616 Memorial Drive. Tel : 713-827-8008. Reservation needed. 

Portland, OR: December 15th :
- Blackbird Wine Shop ~ Drop in tasting, 6-8 PM. 4323 NE Fremont Street
Portland OR  : December 16th :
- Pastaworks at City Market ~ Drop in Tasting, Noon - 2 PM. 735 NW 21st Avenue
- Providore Fine Foods ~ Drop in tasting, 2 30-4 30 PM. 2340 NE Sandy Blvd
The Harvest Wine Bar ~ Winemaker Dinner, 6 PM. 14559 Westlake Dr, Lake Oswego. Tel : 503-747-7263. Reservations needed
Jean-Marc Espinasse
For any questions, please call  or email Jean-Marc at jm.espinasse@gmail.com
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Cork screwed
Robert Camuto's book makes a great gift for a wine enthusiast! Order here . You can use the previous link to order any item on Amazon, and so help this free word journal. Merci beaucoup!

Finally, don't miss Robert Camuto's article on Jean-Marc and thanks for sharing it!

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