Les Davids Organic Vineyard
Julie WhitmarshTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Les Davids Organic Vineyard in the Luberon

We have watched, with some fascination, the construction of a new building at Les Davids, an organic vineyard and fruit and vegetable producer, set just below the main road, by the turning to Oppedette. For months there was large-scale construction of what was to become the new home for their …

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Easy Panna Cotta Variation with Gin Poached Rhubarb

Lindsay Radcliffe, founder of  The Feast, shared the following, “Gin and rhubarb are a match made in heaven and I love adding a shot of Mirabeau Dry Gin and a few sprigs of rosemary to my poached rhubarb, which I’m currently making on repeat.” Like a French creme brulée, panna …

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2022 Grape Harvest Provence
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2022 Grape Harvest in Provence Showing Promise

This year there has been a severe drought in southern Europe, as several heat waves have hit the countries. In Provence, the whole summer felt like one long heat wave (canicule), with temperatures above 30 degrees mid-September in many locations. As a result, virtually all departments in France experienced some …

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Maison Mirabeau ESG
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Maison Mirabeau ESG Environment, Social, Governance

2019 marked the tenth anniversary of Maison Mirabeau and the acquisition of Domaine Mirabeau. As Mirabeau started its conversion to organic in 2019, we have a strong desire to be more ambitious. Inspired by the work of Mimi Casteel, botanist and ecologist of Hope Well Wine vineyard in Oregon, Stephen …

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Château Léoube Rosé Provence
Caroline LongstaffeTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Falling for Château Léoube Rosé from Provence

The first time that I tasted Château Léoube rosé was in California, not in Provence. It wasn’t that long ago that rosé wine was hard to find in the USA. Initially, it was often confused with white zinfandel, wine of a similar colour but not similar in any other way. …

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Recipe for Eggplant Gratin
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Recipe for Eggplant Gratin with Parmesan and Tomatoes

Let me start by saying this is not eggplant parmesan. Yes, it has eggplant and includes Parmigiano-Reggiano, but it is not the dish you might expect. This side dish is delicious in every season. Serve hot in the fall and winter and at room temperature other months. The eggplant is …

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Fall in Provence Dinner Party Menu 2022
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Fall in Provence Dinner Party Menu to Try with Friends

Writer, entrepreneur and small group tour director Annette Charlton says, “I was a Francophile long before I visited France.” She agreed to curate our 2022 dinner party menu inspired by the change of seasons in Provence. Autumn is harvest time, so with the abundance of delicious seasonal produce available in …

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Chicken in a Vinegar Sauce Classic French Chicken Recipe
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A French Classic Chicken Recipe Poulet au Vinaigre

Poulet au Vinaigre, or chicken in vinegar, is a classic French preparation that you will find braising in homes as readily in restaurants. At the onset, it sounds kind of overpowering and maybe even unappetizing. Chicken in vinegar? Rarely do we think of vinegar as an ingredient other than maybe …

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Mesturets a Traditional Dessert from the Tarn
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Mesturets a Traditional but Elusive Dessert from the Tarn

The Great Sugar Rush In the 17th century, Britain, France and other colonial powers established vast sugar plantations in the Americas. Sugar went from an expensive luxury to a commodity available to all in a couple of centuries. The dessert menu blossomed as chefs and cooks accidentally or deliberately created …

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Socca Favourite Streetfood Nice and Rose
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Socca is a Favourite Streetfood from Nice Make it at Home

Socca, made with chickpea flour, is the ubiquitous street food found all over southeastern France, most notably in Nice and, more specifically, around the Cours Saleya market. When cooked perfectly, it is best straight from the pan and served very hot, replete with addictively crispy edges and lightly seasoned with …

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