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A Bottle of Gigondas from the Cellar

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth:

Last fall during a visit to Gigondas, I had lunch with Thierry Faravel, proprietor and winemaker at Domaine le Bouïssière. Thierry and his brother Gilles are second generation vignerons, tending vines planted by their father Antonin, who grew grapes for the co-op for 41 years (not uncommon in Southern France).

…Continue reading here for Jill’s account of her lunch with the vintner and a reminder that wine’s complexity is always changing. The Southern Rhône wines from Gigondas are predominantly Grenache (up to 80%), a grape that likes the rocky limestone conditions and the Mistral wind that blows away any humid air. In this post, Jill also makes some cheese pairing suggestions for wines from the region.

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Jill Barth

Jill Barth

Jill is a writer whose characters make wine, love wine, and live wine. Research for her forthcoming novel–the story of a Provençal winemaking family during the Second World War–has afforded her glorious pleasures: meetings with ambitious French vignerons, travel up and down France in bouncy Renaults, overnights in shuttered châteaux, and many hours as a student of wine with a glass to her lips. In this role, she not only enjoys her own relationship with wine but she also indulges in the life of the French winemaking family that inhabits the pages of her novel.

Jill writes about wine, travel and occasionally yoga (she’s a certified yoga instructor). Her fiction has been featured on NPR and has been published in several literary journals.

Her writings can also be found on her blog L’Occasion.

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