Gigondas Rhône Wine Village village creative commons attribution Jean-Marc Rosier from www.rosier.pro
Keith Van SickleTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Gigondas a Rhône Wine Village with a View

Are you looking for a place with beautiful views, excellent food, and fabulous wines? Then consider Gigondas in the southern Rhône Valley. This region has been producing excellent wines for over 2,000 years, from when it was part of the Roman Empire. The Romans liked the wines from Gigondas so …

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Understanding Grenache Grapes
Provence WineZineTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

A Primer to Understanding Grenache Grapes

If you are a fan of wines from Provence or the Southern Rhône Valley, you are already intimate with Grenache Noir. You probably don’t sidle up to the bar and order a “Grenache Noir” like you would a glass of Pinot or Cab, but I assure you that, in Provence …

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Grape vines in fall
Guest PostTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Terroir Influences Grapes Provence’s Biodiversity

The United Nations established International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on December 29, 1993. The date was later changed to May 22nd so that end-of-year celebrations do not impact the participating countries. There is a theme associated with the date each year, such as “Our solutions are in nature” in …

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Extreme Wine Expertise Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Cheers to Extreme Wine Improving your Expertise in Provence

Does navigating a wine list or timing when to open the bottles in your cellar feel like rolling dice? If so, then it’s time to close that “wine gap” in Provence. Chêne Bleu, a stunning boutique winery in the Rhône Valley, is the backdrop for Extreme Wine, rated by Food …

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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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Rosé Wines of Provence
Guest PostTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

What’s Behind the Nose? Provence Rosé Wines

This article “Aromas in Rosé Not Found in Grapes” first appeared on Michèle Foster’s Think Pink Blog. Grapefruit, passionfruit, lemon zest … have you ever wondered how it’s possible to taste such a panoply of fruity aromas in Provence rosé that you don’t taste when you bite into a grape? …

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Provence Grapevines November Winter Pruning
Guest PostTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Winter in Provence Means Pruning the Grapevines

This article “Winter Pruning: Why so Severe?” first appeared on Michèle Foster’s Think Pink Blog. Pruning: Out with the Old In wintertime, I find myself feeling a little sorry for the grapevines at the vineyards in Provence. The pruning looks severe, but we know that grapes grow on one-year-old wood. …

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Gigondas Rhone Valley Wine
Our House in ProvenceTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Gigondas for Rhone Valley Wine Tasting

Gigondas Village We are blessed to have a house in Sablet, France and live as locals several times a year. We love our location at the base of the Dentelles de Montmirail, surrounded by vineyards as far as you can see. There is plenty to do in the area, starting with …

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Côte du Rhône Wines Château De Montfaucon
Jill BarthTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Need to Know Côtes du Rhône Essential French Wines

France’s Rhône Valley is significant on the world stage. At roughly three times the size of the Napa Valley, the diversity of this region is staggering. It’s divided into two segments: septendrial (North) and méridionale (South). The north is more linear: many independent winegrowers, mainly granite soil, dominated by single …

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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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