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Summer in Provence an Evening of Moules and Boules

By Mirabeau Wine:

Provence is world-renowned for many wonderful reasons; the never-ending summer sun, the golden sandy beaches of the Cote d’Azur, and of course, for its excellent rosé wines. But aside from its beautiful landscapes and delicious rosé, what else goes on in Provence? If you take to your car and explore the picturesque villages along the winding backroads of the region, it won’t take you long before you come across a group of Frenchmen all gathered around a collection of heavy metal balls, playing the wonderful game of ‘pétanque’.

…Continue reading here for Charlie Bullen’s article on boules, moules, and rosé. Summer living in Provence! Read about the origins of the game of pétanque and the rules. The “birthplace” of boules is the city of La Ciotat on the coast near to Cassis. A game called ‘jeu provençal’ existed, but the rules were complicated, and not accessible to everyone. It was Jules Lenoir who spearheaded a change of the rules and the size of the pitch. Now, as Charlie says pétanque is a social game, where all the action happens around the local boulodrome. Cheers!

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Understanding Boules: Why The Game of Pétanque is Like Religion in Provence

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Stephen had been in the corporate world for 15 years and in August 2008 turned down a promotion that would have meant more money but also more stress, longer hours and less time with his young family. For many years the Cronks had been dreaming and talking about moving to France to make their own wine, but the moment never seemed quite right to make the big leap.

Soon after, a good redundancy offer seemed the perfect opportunity to turn the dream into reality and after selling their beloved house, they left the leafy suburbs of south-west London in August 2009. Their worldly possessions were packed up on the back of a truck and with barely a word of French between them, the family headed south to a small village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence.

The Cronks spent a year getting their bearings, learning to live the provençal way, as Stephen was criss-crossing the country researching and finding the best vineyards to work with. The next step was setting up a small wine business with the principle objective of making a Provence rosé that would be regarded as one of the very best from the region, while building a brand that people would grow to love. In order to achieve this aim, they put together a highly experienced winemaking team and threw their heart and soul into the brand and innovative communications with their customers. Mirabeau is now being sold in more than 30 markets, has won medals and earned acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics, but what really makes Stephen happiest is that their wines are an integral part of people having a great time together.

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