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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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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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Rasteau: A Côtes du Rhône-Villages AOC Launches A New Image of “Body and Soul”

“You know I’m yours for just the taking I’d gladly surrender Myself to you Body and soul” A jazz standard composed in New York in 1930 for the British singer Gertrude Lawrence, with lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, and Frank Eyton, … Continue reading

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Villes sur Auzon: Olivier B. Wines Available Now on Garagiste Dot Com

The good news: the vintages of Olivier B. are available once again this fall on Gargariste.com after being sucked up by wine lovers the last two years on the world’s largest e-mail wine store, owing to the smooth fruit-forward red … Continue reading

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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

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Celebrate the Art of the Luscious Noble Grape on International Grenache Day – Friday, September 20:

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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Orange: Wine Tasting at the Festival of Chefs in the Théâtre Antique d’Orange; Five Winning Reds

There were notes of a different kind in the Ancient Theatre of Orange, built by the Romans in the first century, which is home to the Chorégies d’Orange, one of Europe’s top opera festivals. On this Friday evening, the “notes” … Continue reading

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