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Krista BenderTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine tasting in Gigondas

Contributor blog post by Krista Bender: Those were all my glasses from the tasting… Just kidding! :) Wow! What a fabulous day. We met this morning at Patricia’s and jumped in chauffeured cars to drive out to the quaint and luxurious town of Gigondas. This is yet Explore this Post …

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Chateau de Bellet @RivieraGrape #WinesofProvence #Bellet
TasteThe Riviera GrapevineWines and Spirits of Provence

Visting Château de Bellet

There have been a fair few changes up at Château de Bellet, in the hills of Nice, over the past few years. The vineyard, so synonymous with the appellation itself, boasts a history dating centuries and a winemaking tradition passed down through the generations of Barons of Bellet who have …

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Rosé for summer #VinsdeProvence @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Rosé Wine for the Pool or Beach

Contributor blog post by Liz Gabay: At this time of year, how often we think of holidays full of sunshine and leisure with beautiful bronzed people relaxing by or in the swimming pool or on a beach with a glass of wine or an exotic cocktail. The Côte d’Azur has …

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Le Petit Vigneau in Saint-Paul de Vence Wines of Provence
TasteThe Riviera GrapevineWines and Spirits of Provence

Visiting Le Petit Vigneau, Saint-Paul de Vence

By Chrissie One of the first blog posts I ever wrote, back in early 2013, was about Le Petit Vigneau in Saint-Paul de Vence. At the time, it was the winemaker himself, Raphael Vigneau, who showed me around his vineyard, hidden on quiet (and rather plush) residential street at the foot …

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Rosé #WinesofProvence @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Premium Rosé Tasting #poshpinks15

For the 3rd year running, Richard Bampfield MW and  Jean Christophe Mau of Chateau Brown from Bordeaux, have held a tasting of premium rosés (£15 and over)  in London. My tasting results of my top 18 will appear in the September 2015 edition of Decanter’s Expert Choice (out 5 August 2015). Find out …

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Alpilles Wine Tasting AOC Les Baux de Provence
Ashley TinkerTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Alpilles Wine Tasting Around the Vineyards of AOC Les Baux de Provence

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: The first weekend in June was the ‘portes ouvertes’ of the 12 vineyards that comprise the small appellation of AOC Les Baux-de-Provence here in the Alpilles. They were celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the creation of their small AOC. These vineyards are located next …

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Bellet Wines #WinesofProvence #VinsdeProvence @RivieraGrape
TasteThe Riviera GrapevineWines and Spirits of Provence

Château de Crémat, Chanel and Bellet’s Link to an Iconic Logo

You may be asking yourself what the Nice vineyards of Bellet and Chanel, the legendary perfume house, could possibly have in common? More, it would seem, than we think! After all, there is a certain parallel between the art of blending a fine perfume and the art of blending a …

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Brasserie in Apt
David & Karen TaylorTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Cheese lunch + wine tasting = much happiness

Contributor blog post by David Taylor A significant number of the grapes grown locally are taken to Sylla, the local wine co operative in Apt, producing vin de pays de Vaucluse and vin de pays d’Apt wines. Formally these were known as either a cote de Ventoux or Luberon depending …

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rosés of Coteaux Varois-en-Provence #WinesofProvence via @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

2014 rosés of Coteaux Varois-en-Provence

At the annual Coteaux Varois tasting (13 April 2015), set in the beautiful gardens of a former monastery, at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Abbaye de la Celle in Brignoles, and next door to the Maison des Vins de Coteaux Varois, 45 local domaines had their stands set out showing their …

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Bellets Portes Ouvertes #WinesofProvence#Bellet #Nice @RivieraGrape
TasteThe Riviera GrapevineWines and Spirits of Provence

Bellet’s Portes Ouvertes: A Practical Guide

Whilst regular readers will be more familiar with the subject of Nice’s own Bellet vineyards, it’s not every day that the vineyards in the hills of Nice throw open their doors for a weekend of complimentary tastings. Via:: The Riviera Grapevine

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