Understanding Grenache Grapes
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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
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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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Springtime Debudding the Vines
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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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Responsible Vineyard Agriculture Provence
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Responsible Vineyard Agriculture in Provence

With the harvest behind us, our consultant viticulturist Clément and his team have been focusing on continuing our journey to regenerating the Domaine’s soil. Traditionally, vineyards are monocultures that are sprayed and ploughed, providing neatly manicured rows of vines and eliminating all ‘competition.’ However, this process oxidizes the soil leaving …

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Rosé Wines of Provence
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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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Afternoon Château La Coste
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Spend an afternoon at Château La Coste

After leaving Aix-en-Provence and its busy neighbourhoods, the winding road descends through a forest of pine trees and cork-oaks. After a 15km drive, at the bottom of a small valley, the eye catches a glimpse of metallic silver reflections. You have arrived at Château La Coste. Impressive concrete gates (from superstar …

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Souvenirs from Provence Chilled Rosé
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Provencal Rosé Online Course and 2020 Growing Season

As I write this article in early October, the harvest season is still underway in Provence, but I can already tell you that the 2020 season will go down as one of the most memorable in history! Harvest Labour In particular, sourcing harvesters has been particularly problematic because of the …

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Pairing Spicy Food Wine Vieux-Clocher-Vacqueyras
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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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Provence Wine Project PANDAS AMMF Wine Bottle
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Provence Wine Project for PANDAS Awareness À Table!

PANDAS Awareness It took more than a village to bring the À Table! concept together – Susan and Towny Manfull needed a vineyard. In August 2018, Alexandra Manfull passed away, shortly after self-diagnosing her condition as an auto-immune disease that she had coped with for several years. The couple’s grief …

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Seaside Cassis Wine Visit
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Seaside Cassis Wines and Other Reasons to Visit

This article was originally published (in French) in Fine Bouches Magazine, a magazine for lovers of high-quality foods and wines. Seaside Cassis Wines Cassis is the most beautiful AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) in France: the vineyards cling to the slopes of a magical amphitheatre that plunges towards the shimmering Mediterranean. …

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