Cork Trees Wine Cork Oaks
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Understanding How a Wine Cork Gets from a Tree to Your Bottle

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: The cork wine stopper is synonymous with preservation – not only of the wine in the bottle but of a way of life for cork farmers and the natural ecosystem of the forest. The process has been the same for generations because the system is a sustainable …

READ MORE →
Winemaker Chapoutier Braille Wine Labels
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Pioneering Winemaker Chapoutier puts Braille on their Wine Label

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: In early 2016, M. Chapoutier purchased Château des Ferrages, located in Provence between Aix-en-Provence and Saint-Maximin near the commune of Pourcieux. Ferrages produces Côtes-de-Provence AOP and Côtes-de-Provence Saint-Victoire AOP wines, including a portfolio of red, white, and rosé wines. …Continue reading here to learn about …

READ MORE →
Ladies Wine France dames-de-coeur-de-loire @JillBarth
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

The Ladies of Wine. Learn How French Women Collaborate in the Wine Industry

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: Women are under-represented in the wine industry – collaboration groups offer remedies. There is a movement in the French wine industry, one in which winemakers and associated pros are considered keepers of the culture. Women across the country – from Champagne to Provence and Bordeaux …

READ MORE →
Dessert Wines Provence Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
Jill BarthWines and Spirits of Provence

Some of My Favourite Dessert Wines from Provence and Southern France

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: As I mentioned in my earlier post this week: I remember the first time I sipped a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, a vin doux naturel (VDN, naturally sweet wine) from France’s Southern Rhône Valley. It was with Patrick Soard and his daughter Justine, of Domaine de Fenouillet, on …

READ MORE →
Wine Holidays l'Occasion Gift Guide
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Wrapped Up for the Holidays: The L’Occasion Gift Guide

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: This time of year brings forth memories of Christmases that I’ve experienced and also, of Christmases that I’ve created in my imagination, fueled by narratives told and retold – a history of the way things should be. …Continue reading here for Jill’s wine post – …

READ MORE →
Wine France Labels Made in France
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Notes: What Does it Mean to Be Made in France?

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: Earlier this month, I lined up a set of wine bottles from France. Each one from a unique and stated region, each one bearing a label like a little luggage tag: here is my home. To the French people, their government and producers indication …

READ MORE →
Château des Alpilles
Hotels Provence & Cote d'AzurJill BarthStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

A Château in Provence – Château des Alpilles Luxury Stay

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: I wrote the book before I’d been there, which may seem a backwards way to craft a novel. But by the time the book had been outlined, characters created, fictional wines made this place had begun to feel like home. My novel isn’t about this …

READ MORE →
Affordable French Wines AOP Les Baux de Provence
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Mapping France in Wine Bottles: Where to Get Affordable French Wine

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: If you have the impression that finding affordable wine in France is hard – it is definitely time to revisit that stance. My husband and I have taken several road-trips through France, meeting winemakers and tasting wine – much of it high-quality, AOP wines with …

READ MORE →
Montirius Biodynamic Winemaker vineyards
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Lessons from Montirius a Biodynamic Winemaker in France

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: I take a notes like a squirrel on the bird feeder – fast and and full, getting it all down before someone changes the subject. You’ll know me by my notebooks. More often than not, however, the stuff that really sticks with me doesn’t …

READ MORE →
Domaine Dalmeran Provence AOP Les Baux
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

A Sense of Provence: Domaine Dalmeran

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: On a recent trip to Provence I met with Ana Lopez from Domaine Dalmeran for a tasting of their red, white and rosé wines. The domaine is located in Les Baux-de-Provence AOP, a region that makes organic and in many cases, biodynamic, practices a …

READ MORE →