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An Enchanting Dinner to Remember at Bastide de Marie

Just a skip down the road from our holiday rental in Ménerbes, we returned to la Bastide de Marie for the final evening of our yearly trip to Provence. And the meal won for best of the trip, though a couscous and garbanzo dish from an auberge in Brantes was hard to forget!

On this occasion, the weather was early summer perfection, so the tables were set up outside overlooking the vineyard. We started with complimentary apéros (cocktails) and appetizers before moving over to our table for the evening. Soon the sun was setting, and as if with the stroke of an artist’s hand, the colour of the sky was changing moment by moment.

This contributor blog post was written by Cheryl Shufflebotham of Cobblestone and Vineyards. It was not only a memorable meal but a sunset not to be missed. Enjoy Cheryl’s photos of their meal of fish and the lobster accompanied by wine from the Domaine de Marie wine cellars. This 57-acre vineyard produces wine blends of all three colours – red (AOC Luberon), white and rosé with a combination of traditional Provencal grapes.

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La Bastide de Marie (website)
“A French farmhouse among the vines.”
64 Chemin des Peirelles
84560 Ménerbes
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 72 30 20

This luxury property offers a range of accommodation types. The choice is your’s from classic hotel rooms and suites, to a private villa or a gipsy wagon (roulette) for a Provencal glamping experience. The Bastide also has a spa with many relaxing treatment options.

In and Around Ménerbes

Visit Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon

The works by Artist Nicolas de Staël and his Connection to Le Castellet in Ménerbes.

Discover the life of cookbook author Elizabeth David (“French Country Cooking”) who brought most colour and sensuousness to the page – and the table.  When she wrote about aubergines, courgettes, garlic and aromatic herbs, these were exotic rarities in the grey of Britain’s post-war rationing, and her descriptions evoked the tastes, aromas and brightness of the Mediterranean. She was far more than a collector of recipes: her writing captured a sense of time and place that was uplifting and inspirational. In 1950, she and some friends rented a drafty house in Ménerbes.

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Cheryl Shufflebotham

Cheryl Shufflebotham

Although, Cheryl and her husband live in upstate New York, she tells us that she is always yearning, planning, maneuvering to make her way back to France.

Cheryl's love for France started almost eleven years ago with "a once in a lifetime" ten-year anniversary trip. These wannabe expats have been back every year since that trip!

Cheryl's first French love is the region of Burgundy, but then a few years ago, she discovered Provence. Now she admits that she is torn between Burgundy and Provence. It sounds like Provence has her spellbound, "I can’t quite put a finger on what it is about Provence, but its intoxication keeps luring me back for more."

Cheryl started her blog Cobblestone and Vineyards to explore the simple charms of France, those small details that capture the heart.

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