Provence Grapevines November Winter Pruning
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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 ProvenceTaste: Food & DrinkWines 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 BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines 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
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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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Pairing Spicy Food Wine Vieux-Clocher-Vacqueyras
Provence WineZineTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Pairing Spicy Food with Wine It’s Tricky

David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine: Spice and wine are not always fast friends. Admittedly I like both, so my culinary goal is to find the right combination that will showcase both the food and the wine. Hence, the recipe for Spiced Duck with Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction was a challenge to …

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Northern Rhone Wines Hermitage
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Northern Rhone Wines and the Allure of Hermitage

Standing guard with a fabulous view looking south over the Rhône Valley is the magnificent hill of Hermitage, crowned by the famous chapel of St Christopher. Geologically, the hill was part of the right bank Massif Central until the Rhône River burrowed its way to the west, ensuring Hermitage as …

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Exploring Rhone Valley Wines
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines 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
Explore: Travel in ProvencePaul 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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Northern Rhône Wines Condrieu
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Northern Rhône Wines a Tasting Road Trip

Northern Rhône Wines Along with vintage, cépage (grapes), producer, a geographic tag is attached to Rhône Valley wines. The northern section stretches 65 kilometres (40 miles) running from Vienne to Valence. Wines from the Southern Rhône are part of the production in Provence. When it comes to wine, there is …

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Rhône Valley Syrah Wine Steak Food Wine Pairing
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Rhône Valley Syrah Wine and Steak Au Chocolat

There is no need to explain that the 4th of July is a big holiday in the United States. Even for non-US residents, social media is awash in red-white-and-blue recipes well in advance of the celebration. This holiday is often a day when friends and family gather for lovely meals …

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