Chateau Dalmeran #WinesofProvence Les Alpilles #AOPLesBauxdeProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Chateau Dalmeran 10th Food and Wine Contest

Domaine Dalmeran is nestled against the Alpilles a short distance from Saint Etienne du Grès and a few kilometres from St Remy de Provence. Despite its proximity to these villages the isolated vineyard, is an “island” of vines invisible from the road — the Via Domitia – an ancient Roman road …

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#AOPLesBauxdeProvence Wines of Provence ©Lionel Moulet_DSC3678
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

12 Reasons to Visit the Vineyards of Les Baux de Provence

Launched in 1995, Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Les Baux de Provence was a bold step for a dozen winemakers. They joined forces in an attempt to carve out a unique identity in the ocean of mediocre (at the time) Provencal wine. These wineries had fallen under the umbrella of the …

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Abbaye de Lerins Cote d'Azur L'ile Saint Honorat
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Escape Cannes to the Wine of Ile St Honorat

There was little chance of being lost at sea, our skipper (rental boat) had a difficult time finding a place to anchor between the mega-yachts and the zodiacs that were supplying hot pizza and cold drinks to the flotilla. Just 15 minutes by ferry from Cannes, the two Lérins islands, …

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Market #Uzes @Cooknwithclass
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Cooking ClassesTaste

Spend a Week in Uzes on a French Culinary Holiday

Cook’n with Class is now offering five-day cooking courses at their gorgeous Uzès location. Class sizes are deliberately small with a total of six participants, to maximize the hands-on cooking experience. However, these culinary holidays are not just about long hours spent in the kitchen. You and your classmates will have …

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Painting Trips in Provence @TessaBaker
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

At the Easel Painting Trips in Provence with Tessa Baker

Lorgues is located in the middle of vineyards and olive groves. It is in the center of the department of the Var between the Mediterranean Sea and the Gorges du Verdon. Source: Wikipedia Based on that description, it might be difficult to think of a more idyllic location for an …

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DEATH IN VINES @ML_Longworth
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Mary Lou Longworth’s Mysterious Tales in Provence

The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne is Mary Lou Longworth’s fifth novel; number six will be published in September 2016. Her first book Death at the Château Bremont took years to write, but since 2011, she has been hard at work writing murder mysteries based in or near to Aix-en-Provence. Keep …

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Mirabeau Wine Give Away @MirabeauWine
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Mirabeau Wine Emerges from a Dream

Keep reading for details on a contest and giveaway! Media sources and reputable wine journals have published countless articles about “Team Cronk” a nickname often used for the Mirabeau Wine duo Stephen and Jeany Cronk. The wine industry is teeming with personal stories of joys and heartaches, tales that are …

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Zucchini at St Tropez Market @PerfProvence
AppetizerCarolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesTaste

Quick Appetizer Zucchini Tart

This recipe I call “Jacques Zucchini Tart.” It is the perfect appetizer – think chilled rosé with a savoury, lightly salted snack that takes about 30 minutes to pull together. Your guests will be impressed

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#Lavender l'Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque #Provence @ShutrsSunflowrs
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel TipsRoad Trips South of France

Provence Travel Tips from Caroline Longstaffe

Recently, we introduced you to Shutters and Sunflowers, a blog about the Provencal landscape and many other things that inspire Caroline Longstaffe to write. Please read the full story here. The Longstaffe family lived in Provence for about 18 months in 2012-13 and were smitten. We asked Caroline if she …

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Laurianne @toctocMarseille
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday ToursLocals Travel Tips

Holiday Planning and Guided Tours in Marseille

As France’s second-largest city after Paris, Marseille appears overwhelming with well over 1 million people in the greater metropolitan area (1,831,500 January 2011 census). Marseille has been a port city since 600BC when the Greeks established a trading base in this location. Positioned on the Mediterranean Marseille has long been …

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