A group of female Californian winemakers has buried Old world/New world wine rivalries for a four-day visit to meet female counterparts in Bordeaux.
"We shared ideas, techniques, and although we have different issues and different terroirs, it was fascinating seeing what we are all doing to try and make the best possible wines," Sharon Harris of Amici Cellars winery told just-drinks today.
Harris, the visit organiser, said exchanges of this kind were 'indispensible' and would result in better wines for consumers.
Seeing how wines were drunk in France, and getting a French view of American wines was another essential part of the visit, she added.
The event was a return match after 12 Bordeaux winemakers visited the Napa Valley last year.