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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,
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Villes sur Auzon: Encore Barricaded by Bank, Winemaker Olivier B Offers Future Vintages at 35%-Plus Discount to Buy 11 Acres of Vines
Three years ago in a New Year’s declaration posted on his blog, Olivier B announced that he would be forced to shutter his winery due to mounting debts and a love life turned sour. His bank was unwilling to extend … Continue reading
You can order the “Amidyves” (Friends of Yves) 2010 from Olivier B. at Garagiste.com. Garagiste, founded by Jon Rimmerman, is the world’s largest email-based wine business, selling wine exclusively via email offers composed by Rimmerman (click on link above to join). … Continue reading
Jade, a white wine produced by Olivier B, is a marvelous wine with surprising dryness despite its residual sugars due to uncommon blending. Harvested at the end of September, ¼ grenache, ¼ roussanne and ¼ clairette are blended with ¼ … Continue reading