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PROVENCE: GEOGRAPHY MATTERS
“Provence” has more efficacy as a "brand" than as a place. One rarely if ever hears any residents of the Vaucluse say that they live in "Provence." The word is heard frequently in its adjectival form: provençal.
As geography, the term "Provence" suffers abuse. The French consider contemporary 'Provence' to take in three administrative department:
Confusion pops up due to the administrative region PACA: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
When "Provence" is employed for the department of the Var (Toulon, St, Tropez) or the department of the Alpes-Maritime (Côte d'Azur) or even the five departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon, it is the "brand" asserting itself.
This is a regional distinction that Peter Mayle buys into 100% in his book Provence A-Z. In fact, if Mayle had been 'geographically-correct,' his iconic best seller would have been titled "A Year in the Luberon."
The Luberon and the Comtat Venaissin, referred to as the “Comtat,” are the two large regions within the Vaulcuse,
Category Archives: Wine
Sculpture by Michel Baille, Grenache Blends include 2011 CNP, Château de Manissy; 2005 Oligocene, Saint Jean du Barroux; 2011 Tavel Rosé, Prieuré de Montézargues; 2004 Matador AOP CDR, Chateau Noel St Laurent; 2010 Amidyes, AOC Ventoux, Olivier B Imagine … Continue reading
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Tastings à Gogo at Summer Wine Fêtes: Vacqueryas, Séguret, Bedoin, Cairanne, Gordes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate Decamps from the Rhone Owing to An Editoiral Bust Up; “The Rhone Report” Vanishes. None the Wiser.
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