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January 14, 2018 4

AT CHÂTEAU GASQUI, NATURE IS A COMPANION TO BE TRUSTED NOT DOMINATED

“You have to have confidence in the terroir,” winemaker François Miglio emphatically told me. “You have to accompany its natural harmony,” he continued, echoing the essence of the biodynamic philosophy he follows, as we sipped wines in all three colors at Château Gasqui one particularly hot summer afternoon over a year ago.

Château Gasqui, a 100-hectare (acre) property dating back to Gallo-Roman times, is located in the heart of the Var, near the small village of Gonfaron. It is about 18 kilometers (approximately 11 miles) from the Mediterranean Sea, as the crow flies across the Massif des Maures. The vineyard itself is currently 34 hectares in size, about 300 meters above sea level, and comprised of clay-limestone. About 170,000 bottles are
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

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January 6, 2018 4

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Together Again

It has been literally years since Susan and I shared a meal and a bottle of wine... or some number of bottles of wine, if we are going to be honest. But, in the beginning of December, she and her daughter Alex popped into Tucson for a long weekend of flavorful feasting, viniferous verification, and familiar
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Musings and Memories of a Wine Maven: Notes Too Long for the Cellar Book

December 31, 2017 18

Musings of a Wine Maven

Are you ready for a wine cellar in 2018?

A wine cellar can be defined in various ways. In its basic element, I define it as a place to stash wine. My first was a nine-bottle wooden rack placed at the back of a clothes closet on the seventh floor of an air-conditioned apartment building in New York City. Since that humble beginning, my storage space has hitched itself to my business-related moves to no less than fourteen
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Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

May 22, 2017 5

Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

Judging, Celebrating, Researching, Tasting

As with any business, living and working in Provence is not all sunshine lunches…. well, only a few…..

The past couple of weeks have been very busy. In late April, I was based in London, which, surprise, surprise, was cold grey and damp – although it did warm up a little by the end. I was there to judge in the Decanter World Wine Awards. This year the number of entries topped 17,000 wines
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Off the Via Domitia

October 30, 2017 12

NAPA’S KALE ROSÉ GOES TO PROVENCE

Rosé continues to take the United States by storm. France drinks the most rosé by a long shot, accounting for 35% of world consumption or 8.5 million hectoliters (mhl) of rosé, but the United States comes in a second (3.4 mhl). A distant second, yes, but we drink 14%
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Wine Snoops

January 14, 2018 2

Château Barbebelle’s Madeleine Herbeau Comes to New Hampshire

Madeleine Herbeau, for whom Château Barbebelle’s cuvée Madeleine rosé is named, is coming to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sponsored by Top Terroir LLC, she will attend a tasting of her 2017 Cuvée Madeleine and Cuvée Héritage at Maison Navarre in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Tuesday, January 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. On Thursday, January 25, she will be at the Top Terroir table at the 2018 Winter Wine Spectacular at the Radisson Hotel in
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