Grenache Gris Grape Varietal
Elizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Grenache Gris a Versatile Ancient Grape Varietal

I have started to note a pattern emerging in my tasting notes during the past couple of years, which shows just how much I love Grenache Gris white wines. I love their richness, texture and structure. But I also noted how few of these wines, in their purest form, are …

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Chêne Bleu Extreme Wine La Verrière @perfectlyprovence
Guest PostTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Tasting and Determining the Properties of Wines

Wine tasting has been around for a long time. Throughout the years, experts developed a methodology to have a more systematized process of wine tasting. You will use most of your senses to evaluate and examine wine. Wine tasting is a joy for both amateur and professional wine tasters. Professional …

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Domaines Ott• Wine Architecture
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Domaines Ott* Wine and Architecture at Château de Selle

Modern Wine and Architecture In 2004, Champagne Louis Roederer acquired a majority share in Les Domaines Ott*.  Cousins and the fourth generation in a family of winemakers Christian et Jean-François Ott remain intimately involved as directors in the operations at the vineyards supported by a team of oenologists. The Champagne …

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Cork Trees Wine Cork Oaks
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Understanding How a Wine Cork Gets from a Tree to Your Bottle

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: The cork wine stopper is synonymous with preservation – not only of the wine in the bottle but of a way of life for cork farmers and the natural ecosystem of the forest. The process has been the same for generations because the system is a sustainable …

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Winemaker Chapoutier Braille Wine Labels
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Pioneering Winemaker Chapoutier puts Braille on their Wine Label

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: In early 2016, M. Chapoutier purchased Château des Ferrages, located in Provence between Aix-en-Provence and Saint-Maximin near the commune of Pourcieux. Ferrages produces Côtes-de-Provence AOP and Côtes-de-Provence Saint-Victoire AOP wines, including a portfolio of red, white, and rosé wines. …Continue reading here to learn about …

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Vin Cuit Provence
Mirabeau WinesWines and Spirits of Provence

Cooked Wine Provence’s Vin Cuit is Steeped in Tradition

Contributor blog post by Susan Newman Manfull for Mirabeau Wine: Sometime in early October, after the harvest, winemakers—mostly located in a small area of Provence at the base of Mont Sainte Victoire, between Aix-en-Provence and Trets—begin the annual tradition of making “vin cuit” or “cooked wine.” They each build a …

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Wine Holidays l'Occasion Gift Guide
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Wrapped Up for the Holidays: The L’Occasion Gift Guide

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: This time of year brings forth memories of Christmases that I’ve experienced and also, of Christmases that I’ve created in my imagination, fueled by narratives told and retold – a history of the way things should be. …Continue reading here for Jill’s wine post – …

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Ventoux Wines
Cheryl ShufflebothamTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Will Ventoux Wines Become Côtes du Rhône?

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shfflebotham: The smooth, bold red wines that fall under the Ventoux AOC, formerly known as Côtes du Ventoux, are distinct from the neighboring Côtes du Rhône wines. I actually prefer them, but again I am no expert on wine or anything for that matter.All I know …

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Vineyard View Lirac Loccasion
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Tasting: Sampling the Good Wines of Lirac

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: Last fall I spent some time with winemakers in Lirac, a cru located across the Rhône River from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I covered a significant conversation with Rodolphe de Pins, winemaker at Château de Montfaucon and Co-President of Lirac AOP. …Continue reading here for Jill’s account of …

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Blending roses from Provence at Mirabeau Wines
Mirabeau WinesTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Blending the Mirabeau Wines 2016 Vintage

Contributor blog post by Jeany Cronk @ Mirabeau Wines: I have talked about the crucial importance of blending several times before and good blending makes the difference between an average and a good wine. We take this task very seriously and spend a lot of time driving around selecting the …

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