Natural Wines of the Luberon at Domaine de la Cavalière
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Natural Wines of the Luberon at Domaine de la Cavalière

Lively Lourmarin In August, the tiny villages of Provence swell with visitors from around the world and Lourmarin is no exception. At Café Gaby – if you are lucky enough to find a table on market day – you might hear German, Dutch, Chinese, Russian, and various forms of English, …

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Pairing Spicy Food Wine Vieux-Clocher-Vacqueyras
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Pairing Spicy Food with Wine It’s Tricky

David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine: Spice and wine are not always fast friends. Admittedly I like both, so my culinary goal is to find the right combination that will showcase both the food and the wine. Hence, the recipe for Spiced Duck with Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction was a challenge to …

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Seaside Cassis Wine Visit
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Seaside Cassis Wines and Other Reasons to Visit

This article was originally published (in French) in Fine Bouches Magazine, a magazine for lovers of high-quality foods and wines. Seaside Cassis Wines Cassis is the most beautiful AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) in France: the vineyards cling to the slopes of a magical amphitheatre that plunges towards the shimmering Mediterranean. …

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Northern Rhone Wines Hermitage
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Northern Rhone Wines and the Allure of Hermitage

Standing guard with a fabulous view looking south over the Rhône Valley is the magnificent hill of Hermitage, crowned by the famous chapel of St Christopher. Geologically, the hill was part of the right bank Massif Central until the Rhône River burrowed its way to the west, ensuring Hermitage as …

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Northern Rhône Wines Condrieu
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Northern Rhône Wines a Tasting Road Trip

Northern Rhône Wines Along with vintage, cépage (grapes), producer, a geographic tag is attached to Rhône Valley wines. The northern section stretches 65 kilometres (40 miles) running from Vienne to Valence. Wines from the Southern Rhône are part of the production in Provence. When it comes to wine, there is …

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Red Wine Blend Gigondas Provence
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Red Wine Blend from Gigondas and Grilled Kebabs

Wine and food pairing is always an art and rarely a science. Hot spice, acid (citrus, vinegar) and alcohol content are strange tablemates. I decided to pair grilled lamb kebabs with a Domaine de la Jaufrette red wine blend from Gigondas. The meal was a success, the recipe is easy, …

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Easy Wine Cheese Entertaining Chateau la Calisse Wine Food Pairing
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Easy Wine and Cheese for Relaxed Entertaining

Sometimes in life, you just need to hit the “easy” button and lean towards relaxed entertaining. There is nothing complicated about an evening of wine, cheese and charcuterie. And, this seemed like the perfect moment. It was the eve of a minor surgical procedure that was to keep me off …

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Wine Cellier des Princes Le-Prince-de-Courthezon
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Wine Pairing with Cellier des Princes Côtes du Rhône

By David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine Wine Club Surprises I joined The Wall Street Journal Wine Club to access some off-the-beaten-track wines. No, I am not advocating that you join, nor is this post about the club. It’s about the fact that every quarter I get a really nice …

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Château La Nerthe White Wine Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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A Château La Nerthe White Wine Pairing

By David Scott Allen: White Wine Pairing As you may recall from my reviews over time, I have become a big fan of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. It is one of those wines that says “special occasion” to me. Thus, I decided to treat myself for my birthday and get a bottle. …

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Rhône Valley Syrah Wine Steak Food Wine Pairing
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Rhône Valley Syrah Wine and Steak Au Chocolat

There is no need to explain that the 4th of July is a big holiday in the United States. Even for non-US residents, social media is awash in red-white-and-blue recipes well in advance of the celebration. This holiday is often a day when friends and family gather for lovely meals …

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