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February 14, 2017 8

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WINE WRITER: VINISUD 2017

Just over two weeks ago, my husband and I landed in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport where we hopped aboard a TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse or, in English, France’s high-speed train) that sped south to France's eighth largest city, Montpellier. Since 1994, this vibrant city has hosted Vinisud, said to be "the showcase for the world's leading wine region," which, unbeknownst to me, is the Mediterranean. Over half of the world production of wine comes from Mediterranean countries. I had no idea. Or, rather, I hadn't thought about it. Considering which countries are along the Mediterranean, it should be no surprise that so much wine flows from these producers. Italy, France, and Spain are the largest wine producers in the world and at this expo, those countries are joined by winemakers from Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Algeria, and Morocco.

Over 900 exhibitors were pouring "Mediterranean" wine which, in the case of France, refers to wine from the country's southern regions: Languedoc-Roussillon, South-West, Pays d'Oc, Corsica, and, of course, Provence and the Rhône Valley. Exhibitors from these regions comprised about 80% of those at the expo. Provence WineZine (PWZ) was in the thick of it. [...]

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

February 3, 2017 8

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

{Good} Accidents Will Happen

As I mentioned in my post last month, I was in Paris for Christmas and bought a couple of Provence wines for the dinners I was making in our apartment. Both wines were completely unknown to me; I chose based on the regions, labels, and the price point. Of the two whites available, I chose the one from Domaine de la Pallière; the other white sold for €3.00 bottle and, while it might have been perfectly good, it was Christmas and I wanted something a bit more special. [...]

Musings and Memories of a Wine Maven: Notes Too Long for the Cellar Book

February 18, 2017 2

Musings of a Wine Maven

Something Corked about Wine Spectator’s Best Value 2016 Wines From Provence

Earlier this month I spent a considerable amount of time perusing the new issue of Wine Spectator (Jan. 31 – Feb. 28, 2017). I love lists, and this edition's cover caught my attention with its bold text proclaiming “Ultimate Values: 1,236 Wines 90+/ $30 or Less.” I was in the local bagel shop at the time and errands begged to be done which limited my taking the time then to go through their winners from beginning to end. But what did draw me in immediately was that of the eleven wines from Provence that made the cut, six were rosés.

I enjoy rosé well enough, [...]

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