The major highlight was definitely working the harvest with Emanuelle D and Laurent B of Dupéré Barrera/Clos de la Procure. Hand harvesting is incredibly hard work -- but, oh, so rewarding and, ultimately, pleasurable. Laurent and Emanuelle are equally hands-on in the cellar. With them we saw firsthand that slow wine takes vision, a lot of hard work, and patience. The reward is great wine, which is worth all the extra care and effort.
Another highlight for us was visiting several of our Corsican producers: Yves Leccia, Antoine Arena, Domaine Maestracci. We've wanted to go to Corsica for a long time. What a beautiful island!
Will post more about this trip as soon as I can.