Visiting Vignoble Rasse IGP Alpes-Maritimes @RivieraGrape #WinesofProvence
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Visiting Monsieur Rasse and his Saint-Jeannet Vineyard

Contributor blog post by Chrissie McClatchie: This year has been the toughest yet to get into a blogging rhythm. For many reasons. Firstly I’m eight months pregnant and if this last week is anything to go by our little one wants to come and meet the world sooner rather than …

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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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Old vines with Ste Victoire in the background @LizGabayMW #WinesofProvence
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Sub-appellations of Côtes de Provence: Sainte Victoire

Provence is divided by ranges of mountains running parallel to the sea and by the valleys which cut through these mountains, taking rivers to the sea. In historic times these valleys served as corridors of communication. The valley to the east of Aix is no exception as the medieval walled town …

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Chateaunef du Pape #Provence #WinesofProvence @PJAdams10
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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Out of This World Wine

About seven miles north of Avignon in beautiful Provence, sits the opulent vineyard and enclave known as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It was French Pope John XXII who built a cooler summer residence among his vines when he couldn’t stand the heat of his main papal castle in Avignon. Keep reading to find …

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Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Rosé Wines from Coteaux-de-Aix

Elizabeth Gabay recently attended the official 2014 vintage tasting of the wines of Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. This appellation maybe small at 4000ha, but there are 67 domaines and 12 cooperatives.  To learn more about the region and Elizabeth’s thoughts on the 2014 vintage wines from the 34 producers at the event …

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2014 Rosé Wines from Provence – Part 1

I am often asked which rosé wines from Provence I would recommend, so I have put together some which I liked at recent tastings. The wines were tasted at various domaines, the large trade fair Prowein in Dusseldorf and the annual Côtes de Provence tasting in Mandelieu, both this month, …

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Provençal Carignan

Until the 1970s, Carignan was one of the main grapes of Provence, blended with Grenache and Cinsault to make classic Provençal red and rosé wines. Grenache provided the fruit and sugar, Cinsault the charm and floral notes, Carignan the tannin and acidity. Read the rest of Elizabeth’s post on Provençal …

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Five Lesser-Known Provence Wine Appellations

By Chrissie Last week we went on a road trip, down past the Camargue and the coastal towns of Sète and Marseillan, where Provence meets France’s other Mediterranean coast, the Langudoc-Rousillon. As we left the Alpes-Maritimes and crossed through the Var Explore this Post Via:: The Riviera Grapevine         

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Clos Saint Paul #Mazan #Rentals #Provence @ClosSaintPaul
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Discover Taste Relax With Local’s Tips For Mazan and the Vaucluse

It is understandable that Canadians will do practically anything to avoid winter, but skipping out in those few short months of summer… Well, maybe if you are heading to Provence. If you like the sounds of that plan, then read this article on Clos Saint Paul a rental property that …

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Extreme Wine @LaVerrière #Provence #Wines @RivieraGrape
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An Extreme Wine Experience in the Heart of Provence

By Chrissie Most of us love the idea of learning more about wine. Even the smallest bit of wine knowledge impresses; it enables party tricks such as tackling a restaurant wine list with confidence or recommending a suitable wine pairing to match to your meal with your friends. The question is …

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