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Provence Rules! Say Yes to Red, White, Rose

So interesting to see the progression of rosé wine over the years … right now, Provence exports more rosé wine than any other country … with “dry, white, and pale” being the key descriptors. What’s so interesting is that the styles, and composition of grapes, vary from region to region. Some of the bottles look, […]

Restaurant at Convent Royal, St. Maxim

This is a very nice option for an elegant lunch in St. Maxim, as the area is a very active market place and the usual crowded outdoor cafes abound. The Convent Royal is very quiet, and qutie formal. The food is very good. The menu as I recall is three-course, and the wines a good […]

Hostellerie de L’Abbye de la Celle

Hostellerie de L’Abbye de la Celle This is a fabulous restaurant, especially when the weather is great and one can sit outdoors. Arrived just when it opened and thought the menu quite good and creative. I will find the pictures and load them, here is a link to the web site. Like most top restaurants […]


My Week in Provence

Rosé wine from Provence has been famous for thousands of years, yet many people do not realize that the whites and reds of Provence are refreshing and delicious, with many of the barrel-aged reds worthy of long-term aging.  Though many people think of glitzy jet-set St. Tropez or touristy Marseilles when they think of Provence, […]


Terroirs and Passion at Domaine de La Sangliere

“Welcome!” exclaims vivacious Remy Devictor (wearing stripes), who with his brother Oliver owns Domaine La Sangliere, just a stone’s throw from the beaches of St. Tropez. With much pride, he shows me around his winery, asking that I not take pictures of the empty spaces were the fermentation tanks once stood (“we’re getting brand new […]


Meeting Karina and Guillaume Lefevre at Domaine de Sulauze

  “Welcome to Domaine de Sulauze,” says handsome owner and winemaker Guillaume Lefevre, looking miraculously fair under the intense summer sun. We are standing outside our gites (room) for the evening, a gorgeously restored apartment with an expansive kitchen and newly remodeled bathrooms inside a structure several hundred years old. I am in Provence to […]


Visiting Philippe Burel at Abbaye Saint Hilaire

  “Welcome to Abbaye Saint Hilaire,” says fun loving,good-natured owner Philippe Burel, with his characteristic cheerful smile and little laugh. He greets us at the very long driveway of his estate, which includes a winery producing upwards of a half-million bottles of wine a year, 16 gites (a European word used to describe rooms outside […]


Chatting with Valérie Rousselle-Riboud of Chateau Roubine in Provence, France

“You must have some fresh Truffles on toast!” says attractive blond Valérie Rousselle-Riboud, looking very glamorous and jet-set in a chic white dress. We are sitting at a little table overlooking her enormous estate, sipping her top level Rosé wine (called Inspire) and eating the most incredible truffles I’ve ever had in my life. There […]


A Wine & Culinary adventure at Domaine du Clos d’Alari

  Nathalie showing excellent wine review in Vin magazine “Welcome!” says Nathalie Vancoillie, a very tanned, toned, attractive woman with sun-streaked hair and an athletic build as she escorts us into her Chateau in Provence, a charming stone structure that dates from the 15th century. Most people think of Provence as St. Tropez, yet Nathalie […]


A sip of rose

One of my favorite movies of all time is A Good Year with Russell Crowe, which tells the story of a hard-living London banker who inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence, meets not one but three women of his dreams,…