Abbaye du Thoronet Var @PerfProvence
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Must-see Treasures of the Var

What to do in the Var? Here, are a few not-to-be-missed sites: The Thoronet in the Var one of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence. L’Abbaye du Thoronet was classified as a French historical monument in 1840. Restoration work started the year after and still continues today. Also, worthwhile are the caves of Villecroze, carved into the side of …

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Wine Tasting Coteaux Varois @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Tasting of Côteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2015

Mid-April saw the round of tastings introducing the new 2015 Provence wine vintage came to a close with that for Côteaux Varois en Provence. Held in a beautiful location, it is the prettiest and most enjoyable of all the tastings. …Continue reading here for details on this springtime wine tasting at Abbaye …

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Six Vineyards of St Antonin du Var @LizGabayMW #WinesofProvence
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

The Six Vineyards of St Antonin du Var

Contributor blog post by Liz Gabay: Wine writers and wine buyers so often only see a region briefly when visiting a specific vineyard, two or three vineyards in a region, sometimes a local restaurant. Invariably we see small snapshots of an area, out of context of its history, people and …

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Wine tasting in the Var – Clos Cibonne

Contributor blog post by PestoPistou: I’ve just returned to Burgundy after a blissful few days in the Var where we stayed on the Med in the town of Le Pradet, five miles to the east of Toulon. Having recently been introduced to the wines of a local Var estate in …

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rosés of Coteaux Varois-en-Provence #WinesofProvence via @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

2014 rosés of Coteaux Varois-en-Provence

At the annual Coteaux Varois tasting (13 April 2015), set in the beautiful gardens of a former monastery, at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Abbaye de la Celle in Brignoles, and next door to the Maison des Vins de Coteaux Varois, 45 local domaines had their stands set out showing their …

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Fall in Provence Dinner Party Menu 2022
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSeasonal MenusTaste

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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Lyon Top 5 Things
ExploreLaura SnoekRoad Trips South of France

Road Trip to Lyon and Top 5 Things to Do

Lyon is the 3rd largest city in France and the French capital of gastronomy! With its beautiful old town, many restaurants, museums and shops, there are plenty of things to do in Lyon. Here are all our tips for your next road trip or a perfect weekend trip in Lyon. …

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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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Château Margüi Rosé Wine Pairing
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Château Margüi Rosé Wine Pairing

Today’s wine and food pairing for Provence WineZine is one I approached with some trepidation. I was confident that the Château Margüi rosé wine would be good (okay, excellent), and I knew the recipe well enough to be happy with it. But together? I just wasn’t sure. I certainly didn’t …

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Cheese Plate with Fresh Figs
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesTaste

Serving a Cheese Course in France is Culinary Tradition

“How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?” ~ French President, Charles de Gaulle in 1962 Serving a cheese course after the main dish is customary in France but certainly not mandatory. Typically the host provides a selection of cheeses ranging from mild …

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