Soup Cucumber Grape Gazpacho
Provencal RecipesSoupTasha PowellTaste

Too Hot? Make Cold Soup Cucumber Grape Gazpacho

A friend of mine, Ulrike, first introduced me to this stunning Cucumber Grape Gazpacho last summer. It is a variation of an original recipe “The Sweet Life Cafe’s White Gazpacho” published on August 4, 2012, in The Los Angeles Times by Noelle Carter. Ulrike had the original article taped to …

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2021 Grape Harvest Provence
Guest PostTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Update on the 2021 Grape Harvest in Provence

Late last year I wrote about the challenges for the winemakers of Provence in 2021. Between Mother Nature and some human-caused issues, the harvest seemed to be in jeopardy. 2021 Harvest Shows Promise However, according to updated information, the 2021 wine crop in Provence seems to be pretty good, at …

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Springtime Debudding the Vines
Maison Mirabeau WinesTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Springtime Debudding the Vines at Domaine Mirabeau

May is a critical month in the lifecycle of the vines on Domaine Mirabeau. In April, the buds break and begin to swell to show the first leaves and future branches. Then follows the critical process of ‘ebourgeonnage’ or debudding; the viticulturalist and their team select the branches that will …

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Grenache Gris Grape Varietal
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Grenache Gris a Versatile Ancient Grape Varietal

I have started to note a pattern emerging in my tasting notes during the past couple of years, which shows just how much I love Grenache Gris white wines. I love their richness, texture and structure. But I also noted how few of these wines, in their purest form, are …

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Clafoutis Muscat Grapes @ATableenProvence
DessertFlans, PuddingsPaula KaneProvencal RecipesTaste

Clafoutis with Muscat Grapes

Clafoutis is a classic dessert in Provence. Traditionally it’s made with cherries, but it is completely acceptable to use fruit that is in season.

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Grape Stomp @LesPastras @Susan_PWZ
Modern TrobadorsTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Stomp Some Grapes in Provence at Les Pastras

If you are in Provence and looking for something different to do—in between touring Roman ruins and visiting hilltop villages—I’ve got the answer: Kick off your shoes, climb into a huge oak barrel filled with grapes, and start stomping. That’s what Provence WineZine photographer Pamela O’Neill and I did earlier …

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Southern French Carignan Revival @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Southern French Carignan Revival

Contributor blog post by Liz Gabay: Hiding away in southern French blends, Carignan is often unnoticed by wine drinkers. However, an enthusiastic trend amongst a few growers in southern France, Spain, Chile, California and Israel to produce this variety in all its glory, has captured my imagination. The more I …

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Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Rediscovering Forgotten Grapes

Contributor blog post by Liz Gabay: At the recent Wine Mosaic conference, one of the facts that shocked participants most of all was the fact that the majority of wine is made with only a small percentage of the grape varieties available to us. 70% of French wine production comes …

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Fall bounty @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste

September Harvest

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: The mornings are crisp all of a sudden. The days are still hot. The harvest, of just about everything, is in full swing. I went for a walk and followed the smell of a skip full to the brim of grape skins before I …

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Les Pastras Grape Crush #WinesofProvence @LesPastras
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Old School Grape Crush at Les Pastras

The summer truffle-hunts have wound down, and it’s too early to look for the black diamond beauties, but the Pepins refuse to take a break! Instead, they invite you to come on over and get your feet dirty…or rather purple. For some background on this Franco-American truffle-hunting couple, please read …

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