Author Archives: BB Kuett

Ménerbes: Playful and Color-Splashed Canvasses of Kristian Desailly at the Galerie Pascal Lainé Until June 18

Kristian Desailly is an abstract painter with broad shoulders and a mop-like coiffure drawn back into a ponytail, who has lived since 2004 in Gordes on a mountaintop amidst green oaks and ancient bories where during the warm months he … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Provence Olive Oil of Norma Kamali (New York Times)

“What’s the point,” was the bemused reaction of a confrere in the Vaucluse to a first read last fall of an article in the New York Times, “Steal My Vacation: Norma Kamali’s Provence” by Stephanie Rosenbloom. A footnote informed readers … Continue reading

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Carpentras: Grenache Bistro – A Jazzy Wine Shop and Wine Bar for Honing Your Palate on Rhone Valley Vintages

At Le Bistro Grenache in Carpentras, the simpatico owner / sommelier Christian-Paul Peyron knows how to liven up a set, having worked as a location and set manager in the French film industry. For the evening of International Grenache Day on … Continue reading

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Crillon Le Brave: A Romantic Rendezvous Heightened By Local-Produce-Cum-Local-Wine at the Bistrot 40K

In the pleasant verdant countryside of the Vaucluse, about a half-an-hour drive northeast of Avignon, stands a large proud stone edifice on the perched hill of a village in miniature, Crillon le Brave, which before it stretches out a commanding … Continue reading

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Simply Stunning Syrah: Nine Wineries in the Ventoux and the Luberon to Spice Up Your Palate

Hence this scenario at an upscale restaurant in Provence where I experience acute frustration over my perceived self-indulgence in requesting which local reds on the ‘carte’ are Syrah-based; I find myself glancing at my cell for messages while the waiter … Continue reading

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Provence Wine Shops and Wine Tours: Romancing the Grape in Avignon, Arles, Apt, Menerbes, Malaucene, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille

Any place that you stay in Provence is only a hop and a jump to the wine cellars of vineyards and wine cooperatives, which are sprinkled about the countryside, where you can buy direct from winemakers for prices well under … Continue reading

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Saint Didier: Awesome New Flavors at Silvain frères, Gnarly Nougat Heaven – Take Home the True Flavors of Provence

Shes as sweet as tupelo honey Shes an angel of the first degree Shes as sweet as tupelo honey Just like honey from the bee – Van Morrison – Spend some time tasting samples in the shiny boutique of Silvain … Continue reading

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Mormoiron: A Panoply of Delish Hand-Crafted Wines From Domaine Le Murmurium; The Benison of Northern Exposure and Altitude

Saved by the wind. A mild irony strikes you as you gaze northward from the wine cellar of the Domaine Le Murmurium toward the mythical Mont Ventoux when considering the furious measures taken in the region for protection against the … Continue reading

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Gordes: Relics of Ancient Winemaking; Stone Cabins Called Bories Outfitted with Wine Vats Hollowed out of Rock

It began with a walk on a hot bright afternoon, before seeking shade to share a bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape. On a high wooded mountain top, which before it stretches across a valley the village of Gordes, stands a … Continue reading

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Tavel: L’Auberge de Tavel is a Refined Culinary Time You Will Want to Do Again; Take In As Well World Class Rosé Wines

 Plat: Bass with Little Vegetables at L’Auberge de Tavel A major advantage for any wine enthusiast visiting an appellation in the Southern Rhone is to have a ‘point de chute’ (a landing place) from which to nourish the body and … Continue reading

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