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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,
Tag Archives: Wine Fairs
Avignon: Taste the New Vintage of 2013 at Millévin, a Wine Fair of Côtes du Rhône Vins Primeurs on Thursday, November 21
Be the first to taste the 2013 vintage of Côtes du Rhône at Millévin, a wine fair which will animate Avignon on Thursday, November 21, where winemakers and négociants will offer their Vins Primeurs, and other vintages. Primeur is a … Continue reading
Tastings à Gogo at Summer Wine Fêtes: Vacqueryas, Séguret, Bedoin, Cairanne, Gordes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Fête des Vins, Vacqueyras, July 13 and July 14: Vacqueyras really grabs you with its quality, a rich inwardness. A pleasant surprise as you remember when among the three distinguished appellations of the Southern Rhone, Vacqueyras was considered the little … Continue reading
Cairanne: Wine Market on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14; Wine Tasting-Pairings Workshop with American Sommelier Kelly McAuliffe
In the Southern Rhone, Cairanne rings cherries, dark cherries that is, for its terrific AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages ruby-colored Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah blends from a region where wine has been vinifed for over 300 years. Lacking the quaint … Continue reading
AOC COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CAIRANNE: Cairanne, August 3: From 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. tours start from the Place des Vignerons in the village of vineyards guided by wine makers with tastings along the way. A festive evening of … Continue reading
Ménerbes is the bashful sibling of the Luberon’s perched villages. Its peaceful streets, all newly stone-paved, and passive edifices stretch along an elongated hill that rises gradually to the northwest, offering panoramic views of the verdant countryside; Ménerbes lacks the … Continue reading
Some things are just predictable in the Vaucluse: Edouard Loubet will receive a third Michelin star, Pierre Cardin will restore edifices to their ancient glory, Michel Leeb will be wearing laceless Chucks, and Philippe Gimel will produce even better red … Continue reading