Gift Guide wine corks and Christmas tree @JillBarth
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Under the Tree: L’occasion Holiday Gift Guide + A Giveaway

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: My kids and I always giggle when the song demands, “Now bring us some figgy pudding.” The bossy tone is disruptive in the peaceful setting of the holiday and the fact that feathers are ruffled over figgy pudding is something we find hysterical. If …

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Grape harvest in Provence #WinesofProvence @JillBarth
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The Grape Harvest in Provence

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: I’ve had the great pleasure of enjoying the wines of Château Romanin during my visits to Provence. I still remember drinking my first bottle during a rainy spring evening in little cafè called Le Marilyn in St. Rèmy de Provence…though I don’t recall the …

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Photo Credit: Domaine Duseigneur
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Winemaker: Bernard Duseigneur of Domaine Duseigneur

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: Today we welcome a rendezvous with Bernard Duseigneur, winemaker at Domaine Duseigneur. The 30 hectare estate spans Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun and Lirac. 17 weeks ago I clicked on an Instagram photo of of three bottles of wine from Châteauneuf du Pape. “Wonderful,” …

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Will Travel for Wine

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: L’occasion Passport: what it means to me to move around the world to taste wine and meet winemakers. Contagious: The Travel Bug One of my early wine tasting trips was to a little town in Northwestern Illinois called Galena. Galena is one of those …

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Provence Rosés from VinAzur

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: The charms of authentic Provençal wine from top-quality, small-scale producers, most with sustainable practices in the vineyards…this is the VinAzur way of providing a taste of Provence. The Story of the Suitcase Wine We aren’t born knowing everything. I admit, there are times I’ve …

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Mont Ventoux and Les Dentelles de-Montmirail. Photo Credit: Rhône Wines
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Tour de France: Mount Ventoux Wines

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: A kindly giant who watches over the aromatic garrigue scrubland and the carefully tended vineyards, Mont Ventoux shelters wines conducive to sharing and close companionship – celebrated with a fragrant, flavourful centrepiece. ~ CHRISTOPHE TASSAN Sommelier and Rhone Ambassador THE TOUR DE FRANCE 2016 …

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Monoco Passport to Provence @JillBarth
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Monoco: Passport to Pleasure

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: BEFORE A TRIP, PEOPLE OFTEN ASK, ” ARE YOU TRAVELING FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?”. IF YOUR BUSINESS IS PLEASURE, YOU GO TO MONACO. My recent trip to Monaco was a Monte Carlo stop on a short road trip from the Alpilles region in Provence …

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Visit French Wine

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: Atout France, the French tourism development organization, has rolled out a gorgeous new website that promises to be a place where “wine regions reveal their secrets”. The site is reasonably named Visit French Wine. The website allows visitors to slip into each wine area …

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Wines of Les Baux #WinesofProvence @JillBarth
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Wines of Les Baux-de-Provence to Enjoy with Steak Frites

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: This month we celebrate Wine Pairing Weekend (#wineWP) with a declaration of our indulgence on Open That Bottle Night (#OTBN), an evening set aside to encourage wine lovers to pop open a bottle that’s been considered “too special” to drink on a regular night. The …

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Provence in the City: Simply Provence Wines

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: I attended Provence in the City, hosted by Vins de Provence. Over 25 winemakers met with wine industry and media folks at the Public Hotel’s historic Pump Room in Chicago. It was a gorgeous spring-like day in typically chilly-in-February Chicago. The afternoon’s wine was offered …

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