Olive and Sweetpea
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Olive and Sweetpea where wine, women and possibilities meet

Where Passions Meet Wine and words. The idea for Olive and Sweetpea (Olive + Sweetpea), a new e-magazine, was hatched over a few glasses of wine. When Paula Kane and I scheduled a springtime lunch, we half-heartedly joked about the possibility of enjoying a meal on a sunny patio. After …

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Rosé Cocktail Cinnamon Royale @MirabeauWine
Wines and Spirits of Provence

Cinnamon Royale with La Folie by Mirabeau Wine a Rosé Cocktail

Holidays and milestones are great reasons to celebrate, and a terrific time to shake up the routine with a pink-hued aperitif. This delicious and festive cocktail using Mirabeau’s La Folie bubbles to really celebrate in style. The recipe is below.

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DIAM technical corks France
Mirabeau WinesWines and Spirits of Provence

How DIAM Corks are Ensuring our Rosés Stay Purely Delicious

Contributor blog post by Victoria Koning @MirabeauWine Bottle closures are a hotly debated topic among wine professionals, from the staunch supporters of natural corks in France to the screwcap evangelists of the “new world”. However, the newest kid-on-the-block is making waves … “DIAM agglomerated corks guarantee both 100% removal of TCA …

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Dessert Wines Provence Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
Jill BarthWines and Spirits of Provence

Some of My Favourite Dessert Wines from Provence and Southern France

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: As I mentioned in my earlier post this week: I remember the first time I sipped a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, a vin doux naturel (VDN, naturally sweet wine) from France’s Southern Rhône Valley. It was with Patrick Soard and his daughter Justine, of Domaine de Fenouillet, on …

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Wine France Labels Made in France
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Notes: What Does it Mean to Be Made in France?

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: Earlier this month, I lined up a set of wine bottles from France. Each one from a unique and stated region, each one bearing a label like a little luggage tag: here is my home. To the French people, their government and producers indication …

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Chateau Sainte Roseline Wine
AixcentricTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine and Wonders at Chateau Sainte-Rosaline

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: This beautiful vineyard at Les Arcs-sur-Argens is a must-visit, not just for its natural beauty and acclaimed wines, but also for the outstanding Chapelle Sainte-Rosaline in the grounds. It not only contains artistic gems (Giacometti and Chagall), but also the 680-year old body of the saint …

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wine bottle and glasses Vignobles St Tropez Helicopter Visit
Taste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

The Best Vignobles Near Saint Tropez: Fly to Taste Your Wines

The French Riviera is renowned for its rolling hills and outstanding vineyards. Rosé wines are a home-grown specialty, but the splendid whites and reds deserve some attention too. A trip to the Var is incomplete without sampling the local vignobles, particularly if you are heading to St Tropez and Grimaud, …

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Chateau d’Esclans Domaines Sacha Lichine La Motte en Provence, Whispering Angel
Jemma - French LessonsTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Rosé Wine: Provence’s Most Alluring Angel – Whispering Angel

Contributor blog post by Jemma: “You drink more [rosé] than a heavy red or an acidic white,” Tom says from his doorstep perch inside Château d’Esclans. That’s “one of the delightful qualities” of this type of wine, he says. It’s the best sort of marketing strategy for a winery: a …

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Domaine Dalmeran Provence AOP Les Baux
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

A Sense of Provence: Domaine Dalmeran

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: On a recent trip to Provence I met with Ana Lopez from Domaine Dalmeran for a tasting of their red, white and rosé wines. The domaine is located in Les Baux-de-Provence AOP, a region that makes organic and in many cases, biodynamic, practices a …

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Gigondas views wine tasting
Our House in ProvenceTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine tasting at Domaine la Bouïssière and a Visit to Gigondas

Contributor blog post by Michel: Sablet is located between Séguret, a village classified as a “Plus Beaux Village de France,” to the north and Gigondas, a small village renown for its red wine to the south. From the road, Gigondas seems little more than a cluster of stone houses set …

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