Château La Tour Sainte Anne #WinesofProvence #VinsdeProvence @Susan_PWZ
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

By Provence WineZine Imagine that you are at the airport ready to board your flight, having paid coach fare. You step onto the plane only to be surprised by the flight attendant; you have been upgraded to First Class. That is exactly how I felt when I took my first …

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2014 Provence Rosé #WinesofProvence @Susan_PWZ
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2014 VINTAGE OF PROVENCE ROSÉ IS ON THE SHELVES

By Susan Manfull I drink rosé all year ’round. I encourage others to do the same. Pourquoi pas? As regular readers know, I take every opportunity to bemoan the predictable purge of rosés from the shelves of wine stores come the day after Labor Day. Still, I confess that the …

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Rosé Wine Tasting #WinesofProvence @Susan_PWZ
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WHISPERING ANGEL WINS THE BLIND TASTING EYES WERE ON GARRUS

By Susan Manfull Over the weekend another Provence rosé lover, Cynthia Fenneman, and I invited some friends over for a blind tasting of five Provence rosés. Research for Provence WineZine, of course. Some guests were very knowledgeable about Provence rosé, many were not familiar with rosé but eager to know …

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale @Susan_PWZ
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food Domaine Chante Cigale

By Provence WineZine The Blonde Bombshell Winery: Domaine Chante Cigale Cuvée: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Until Susan sent me this bottle, I had never even heard of a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. She was very excited for me to try it and, in fact, asked me to move my intended March pairing to April. I asked …

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Domaine des Terres Blanches St Remy Provence Wines
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DOMAINE DES TERRES BLANCHES IN THE PREDOMINANTLY ORGANIC APPELLATION OF LES BAUX-DE-PROVENCE

By Provence WineZine Written by Jill Barth, a new contributor to Provence WineZine. A bottle of Domaine des Terres Blanches wine was among the well-chosen bevy of refreshments my husband and I found in our lovely room at the gorgeous five-star hotel, Château des Alpilles, located on the outskirts of …

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Rasteau Wine Provence Wines @Susan_PWZ
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Provençal Pairings: Rasteau Wine with Food

By Provence WineZine When you have a 2006 Côtes du Rhône in the wine rack, you don’t just serve it with anything, especially if it is a Rasteau. This is a wine for certainty, not a wine you pull when you’re serving a frozen dinner. (Okay, I know anyone who …

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Winter Provencal Rosé Pigoudet-in-snow Wines @susan_PWZ
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In Winter Uncork a Bottle of Provencal Rosé

By Susan Manfull The snow is over three-feet deep in some places around our home in coastal New England. The wind is howling, shaking the loose window panes of this 18th-century house and causing a shrill whistling noise. A “Winter Storm Watch” is in effect for tonight, when an additional …

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Mirabeau Wines #ProvenceWines #Rose @Susan_PWZ
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YOU KNOW MIRABEAU ROSÉS, BUT HAVE YOU MET THE RED WINE?

By Susan Manfull Have you ever had a dream that you really wanted to follow? One that tugged so hard at your heartstrings that you resorted to cold showers to quell those feelings? Stephen Cronk did. And, now, after harboring this dream for some 25 years, this handsome man with …

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Vacqueyras and Lamb #Provence #wines @Susan_PWZ
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A Hearty New Year Greeting (and Wine Pairing)

By Susan Manfull I can’t think of anything I enjoy more than lamb with a rich, full-bodied red wine by its side. A bottle of 2007 Éternité has been sitting in our caves (okay, it’s a wine rack) waiting for the right meal. It’s Christmas, and Provençal lamb shanks have …

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Vin Cuit #Provence #Wines @Susan_PWZ
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PROVENCE’S VIN CUIT: WINE COOKED IN A CAULDRON, AGED IN OLD OAK, AND STEEPED IN TRADITION

By Susan Manfull Sometime in early October, after the harvest, winemakers—mostly located in a small area of Provence at the base of Mont Sainte Victoire, between Aix-en-Provence and Trets—begin the annual tradition of making “vin cuit” or “cooked wine. They each build a big fire of oak wood and fill …

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