Grape Stomp @LesPastras @Susan_PWZ
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Stomp Some Grapes in Provence at Les Pastras

If you are in Provence and looking for something different to do—in between touring Roman ruins and visiting hilltop villages—I’ve got the answer: Kick off your shoes, climb into a huge oak barrel filled with grapes, and start stomping. That’s what Provence WineZine photographer Pamela O’Neill and I did earlier …

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Les Pastras Grape Crush #WinesofProvence @LesPastras
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Old School Grape Crush at Les Pastras

The summer truffle-hunts have wound down, and it’s too early to look for the black diamond beauties, but the Pepins refuse to take a break! Instead, they invite you to come on over and get your feet dirty…or rather purple. For some background on this Franco-American truffle-hunting couple, please read …

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Black Diamonds Truffles
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersTaste

Les Pastras Gourmet Pursuits Unearthing Truffles

Chicago might seem like a world away from the pastures of Provence, but Lisa and Johann Pepin tell me that adjusting to life in the south of France was relatively easy. They left corporate jobs (public relations and finance) in Chi-town, as only 30-yearolds can do, with the confidence that …

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Chicken Black Truffles Mushroom Cream Sauce
David Scott AllenMain CoursePoultryProvencal RecipesTaste

Chicken with Black Truffles and a Mushroom Cream Sauce

If you have never tried a dish with fresh black truffles, it’s honestly hard to know what all the fuss is about. Once your tastebuds have made the connection between the earthy aroma and the intense flavour, you begin to comprehend why chefs refer to these fungi as “black diamonds,” …

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Truffles Visit Aups Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Truffles are One Reason to Visit Aups in Provence

Reasons to Visit Aups: A Beautiful Location Located between the Mediterranean coast and the Alps, the village of Aups is at an elevation of 505 metres (1,657 ft). Considered as the capital of the Haut Var, this mid-sized town has a population of roughly 2200 residents. However, on a busy …

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Truffles Hunting Provence Dogs
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersTaste

Elusive Truffles Hunting for Black Gold in Provence

We had just witnessed a demonstration of how dogs are essential companions for the truffle hunt (le cavage). In most cases, dogs have usurped pigs as the more manageable truffle hunters.

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Les Pastras Olive Grove
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersTaste

Fire Destroys an Olive Grove in Provence

As in many parts of the world, hot summer months in Provence bring an increased risk of forest fires. Fire in the Olives If we ever needed a reminder that all it takes is a spark, our friends at Les Pastras lost 180 olive trees to a grass fire on …

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Swimsuit Shopping Juan le Pins
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Swimsuit Shopping Juan le Pins for a Teenager

Contributor blog post by Jemma: Lolo and I stand on a sidewalk in the easygoing town of Juan-les-Pins. We’re debating. The store sounds young to me, like the name of an aspiring rap artist. At last, we open the glass door of Banana Moon. “Bonjour!”  I say to the shop’s sole …

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Truffles Provence Truffle Markets
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste

The Truffle Markets in Provence – Planning Your Visit and Recipes

Truffle Markets It is more common to see summer truffles in the markets than in the past. However, this summer tuber may be related to the “Black Diamond,” but the taste is certainly not as distinctive. There is also a significant price differential between the summer and winter varieties. In …

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Chateau la Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Provence
TasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Will Provence Wines be part of Andres Iniesta’s Life After Football

Winemaking as a second career? Stephen and Jeany Cronk packed up their life in the United Kingdom and moved to Provence with a dream to make a new style of rosé under their brand Mirabeau Wine. Lisa and Johann Pepin moved from corporate careers in Chicago to run les Pastras an agricultural operation …

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