Sue Tipton Winemaker Lodi's Acquiesce Winery
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Lodi’s Acquiesce Winery Focused on Rhône-style Grapes

Producing only Rhône-style white and rosé wines, Acquiesce Winery is a maverick in Lodi, California. The appellation is known for its concentration of Zinfandel red wines. The San Francisco Chronicle included the Acquiesce Winery tasting room among its list of 52 vineyards to visit in 2020. When We Retire The …

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Domaine de la Charbonnière
Our House in ProvenceTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine at Domaine de la Charbonnière

A Visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape One of many things that attracted us to Sablet was its location in the Côtes du Rhône and proximity to world-renown wine villages such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We like all the wines from this area, but our favourites are Châteauneuf-du-Papes, and we go there …

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Exploring Rhone Valley Wines
Jill BarthTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Exploring Rhone Valley Wines from North to South

What’s the difference between France’s Northern Rhône and Southern Rhône Valleys? The difference is latitude. There. My work is done. Of course, I’m just kidding, but let’s start there. The Rhône River runs in a relatively straight, north-south path by the time it wedges into France from Switzerland near Lyon. …

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Pont d'Avignon
ExplorePaul ShawcrossVillages Towns and Cities

Côtes du Rhône Wine Route a Village Driving Itinerary

Popes and Red Wine Villages in Provence’s Rhone Valley In my view, there is no better place to begin this wine village itinerary than historic Avignon. The city was once the seat of the Catholic Church and home of several Popes during the Middle Ages. I have chosen seven of …

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Château La Nerthe White Wine Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Provence WineZineTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

A Château La Nerthe White Wine Pairing

By David Scott Allen: White Wine Pairing As you may recall from my reviews over time, I have become a big fan of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. It is one of those wines that says “special occasion” to me. Thus, I decided to treat myself for my birthday and get a bottle. …

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Book Provencal Holiday Discovery Wine Tasting
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Book a Provencal Holiday Discovery Wine Cheese and Chocolate

Wine Cheese and Chocolate Even Santa and his elves would have a tough time creating this magical wine pairing experience at Domaine de Palerme. Book your Christmas holiday stay at this private home near Isle sur la Sorgue and enjoy a complimentary evening of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting. The evening includes …

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Provence WineZineTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

What Wine to Serve with Veal? Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Bien sûr! Well, it might not seem that obvious. When I was trying to think what I should make to pair with today’s wine – an un-oaked Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from Château des Fines Roches – I looked at a list of suggested foods and nothing felt right. Pork. Chicken. Seafood. …

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour
Barefoot BloggerTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Finding the Perfect Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour When visitors to the south of France put “wine tour” at the top of their list of things to do, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tour quickly comes to mind. The wine growing region that covers approximately 3,200 hectares (12.4 miles) of land …

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Salle Dufays Salon des Vins at Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Keith Van SickleTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

The Salon des Vins at Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Want to taste some of the world’s greatest wines for just 10 euro?  Then come to the Salon des Vins in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 8th annual Salon takes place on on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 2017.  It’s an opportunity to taste some fabulous wines in a relaxed setting. …

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Travel in Provence #ExploreProvence @SophiesProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Getting to Know Rhone Valley Wine and Food with Travel in Provence

Sophie Bergeron began developing her palette early on, at four years old, when her grandfather first introduced her to wine tasting. Sophie’s grandfather ran a vineyard in Algeria before immigrating to France in 1962; she tell us that “He loved the grape concentrations in Mediterranean style wines.” It seems that …

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