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Elizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

What’s New at Château de Bellet

Contributor blog post by Liz Gabay: New vineyards at Château de Bellet At the beginning of June I happened to go to Château de Bellet to collect some wine for a tasting I was giving in Monaco. This was the first time I had been to the new cellar, driving …

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Rosé #WinesofProvence @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Premium Rosé Tasting #poshpinks15

For the 3rd year running, Richard Bampfield MW and  Jean Christophe Mau of Chateau Brown from Bordeaux, have held a tasting of premium rosés (£15 and over)  in London. My tasting results of my top 18 will appear in the September 2015 edition of Decanter’s Expert Choice (out 5 August 2015). Find out …

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rosés of Coteaux Varois-en-Provence #WinesofProvence via @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

2014 rosés of Coteaux Varois-en-Provence

At the annual Coteaux Varois tasting (13 April 2015), set in the beautiful gardens of a former monastery, at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Abbaye de la Celle in Brignoles, and next door to the Maison des Vins de Coteaux Varois, 45 local domaines had their stands set out showing their …

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Old vines with Ste Victoire in the background @LizGabayMW #WinesofProvence
Elizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Sub-appellations of Côtes de Provence: Sainte Victoire

Provence is divided by ranges of mountains running parallel to the sea and by the valleys which cut through these mountains, taking rivers to the sea. In historic times these valleys served as corridors of communication. The valley to the east of Aix is no exception as the medieval walled town …

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Coteaux-daix-en-provence #WinesofProvence @LizGabay
Elizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Rosé Wines from Coteaux-de-Aix

Elizabeth Gabay recently attended the official 2014 vintage tasting of the wines of Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. This appellation maybe small at 4000ha, but there are 67 domaines and 12 cooperatives.  To learn more about the region and Elizabeth’s thoughts on the 2014 vintage wines from the 34 producers at the event …

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Elizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

2014 Rosé Wines from Provence – Part 1

I am often asked which rosé wines from Provence I would recommend, so I have put together some which I liked at recent tastings. The wines were tasted at various domaines, the large trade fair Prowein in Dusseldorf and the annual Côtes de Provence tasting in Mandelieu, both this month, …

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Elizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Provençal Carignan

Until the 1970s, Carignan was one of the main grapes of Provence, blended with Grenache and Cinsault to make classic Provençal red and rosé wines. Grenache provided the fruit and sugar, Cinsault the charm and floral notes, Carignan the tannin and acidity. Read the rest of Elizabeth’s post on Provençal …

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