Vacqueyras Wine Pairing Dinner
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Vacqueyras Wine Pairing a Virtual Dinner with Friends

Le Clos de Caveau is one of the first wineries I visited after starting Provence WineZine. The story of this Vacqueyras vineyard — a stone’s throw from Gigondas — is best told over a glass of this excellent red blend of Grenache and Syrah called Fruit Sauvage. Henri Bungener, psychologist-turned-winemaker, …

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Provençal Pairings Acquiesce Winery
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Debating Provençal Pairings at Acquiesce Winery

Gathering in the Acquiesce Winery tasting room with owner Susan Tipton and Susan and Towny Manfull and the wine lovers behind Provence WineZine was a joyful occasion after so much time apart. However, we were not in Lodi, California for simply a social occasion, we had some wine tasting and …

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Vacqueyras Rhône Valley Wine
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Vacqueyras Rhône Valley Wine Pairing

After a long year and a half, our good friends and neighbours Ursula and Bob returned to the neighbourhood from their other home is in upstate New York, in the Catskill Mountains. It’s nice to have them back. We had them over to dinner to celebrate their return and wanted …

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Rhône Valley Wine Caladoc Le Clos Saint Michel Vignobles Guy Mousset et fils
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Pairing Rhône Valley Caladoc Wine with Food

It’s not often that I consider bottles from a “big box” wine store for this column. With the exception of a few quality rosés I have gotten (and written about) from such stores, their selection of rosé wines is generally geared towards the Carries and Mirandas. Pretty bottles/labels, intense pink …

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Buyer’s Guide to the Rosés of Southern France
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Buyer’s Guide to the Rosés of Southern France

Some families play board games together or, perhaps, hike together or even cook together.  The Gabay-Bernheim family, in the South of France, taste wine together and, in the case of Elizabeth Gabay’s Buyer’s Guide to the Rosés of Southern France, Gabay and son Ben Bernheim wrote about these rosés together. …

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Château Barbebelle Wine and Art
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A Visit to Château Barbebelle Wine Art and Charity

Provence is abuzz this time of year with fabulous offerings of art, music, opera, film, wine tastings, and the usual fêtes that move from village to village. We travelled from New England to Provence last month specifically for this show by French painter Gérard Isirdi at Château Barbebelle in Rognes, …

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Provence Rosé Export Market
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Provence Rosé Still Pouring Strong in the Export Market

In a year marked by turbulence and an overall decrease in exports of French wine by as much as 5% in volume, Provence witnessed exports increase by nearly 6% in volume, making it the wine region posting the greatest growth abroad.  By comparison, Burgundy posted a 1.4% growth in the …

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Understanding Grenache Grapes
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A Primer to Understanding Grenache Grapes

If you are a fan of wines from Provence or the Southern Rhône Valley, you are already intimate with Grenache Noir. You probably don’t sidle up to the bar and order a “Grenache Noir” like you would a glass of Pinot or Cab, but I assure you that, in Provence …

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Vin Cuit Christmas Provence
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Vin Cuit and Christmas in Provence

It’s that time of year again. Some people think of Christmas trees, beautifully wrapped presents tucked under the tree, and stockings by the chimney. We think of wine and food: what will we prepare, and which bottle of wine will marry best with our meal on Christmas Eve? And, of …

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Experts Opinions Provence Rosé
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Serious or Not? Experts’ Opinions on Provence Rosé

During the long, hot days of Augusts past, coveted pink wine from Provence flowed so briskly that the greatest source of anxiety among millennials from the City was that supplies would dry up in The Hamptons. But can a wine category that has a reputation for easy drinking be considered …

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