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The journey to the Languedoc

Juliet Bruce Jones and Simon Ingman are the husband and wife team behind Domaine La Tasque.IMG_0309

The wine knowledge

Juliet is originally from Scotland and has worked with wine for 25 years in on way or another Her first job (following a brief spell as a tax accountant) was for the International Wine Challenge where she was well and truly bitten by the wine bug.   She then worked in wine retail before moving to the USA where she started up a wine school. Back in the UK, she joined The Wine Society as tastings organiser and then wine buyer. She became a Master of Wine in 1998.

Since moving to France in 2004, she has built up a wine broking business exporting Languedoc wines and conducting frequent tastings to share her passion for the wines from this beautiful region. At Domaine La Tasque she is chief winemaker but lacks the mechanical sympathy to be allowed to drive a tractor. Or do anything involving machines.

The practical know-how

IMG_0299Simon has mechanical sympathy in abundance. This was clear from an early age when he spent many hours lying underneath cars, helping his stepfather restore old Lancias in his garage in Cheshire. His practical talents are not restricted to cars however – he is an all round Mr Fixit.

Simon does not have a wine background. With a degree in  marine biology, his CV includes ski guide, cowhand and asparagus farmer as well as several years in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry in London. Since moving to France, he has worked as project manager, restoring many beautiful old Languedoc houses to their former glory. At Domaine La Tasque he is tractor driver, chief pruner and generally makes things work. Simon puts his practical skills to excellent use in vineyard and winery. When not fully occupied he retreats into his garage and restores old Lancias.

The next generation …

IMG_0392Mathilda may be too young to sample the end product, but she lends a helping hand in the expectation of having a wine named after her.