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December 3, 2016 6

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

An Old Friend I Had Never Met

I must tell you that I have never tasted a wine like this before, and yet there is something so familiar in every sip. It's akin to meeting someone for the first time, yet feeling in your heart that you have known her or him all your life. It's a sense of immediate warmth and comfort. That is how this wine made me feel. Having enjoyed many dessert wines, from the sublime (Château d'Yquem Sauternes) to the ridiculous (no one shall be excoriated here), this wine stands apart - my new-old friend. I truly love it!

A little bit about the wine: produced by the Négrel family-owned Mas de Cadenet near Mont Saint-Victoire, a blend of Rolle, Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes are crushed post-harvest, and their already slightly sweetened juices are poured into a large cauldron set over an oak-wood fire. The juices are then cooked slowly and stirred with an oak branch - though never at at boil - for about two weeks, until the volume has been reduced by half; it is then aged in oak barrels for two years. The result is Vin Cuit, or cooked wine. [...]

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

November 5, 2016 9

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food


Susan brought back this bottle for me from her most recent trip to Provence. A little something to thank me for being a part of the Provence WineZine family. Honestly, I am so lucky to be part of this endeavor, as I am constantly learning about wines, pairings, and my own palate.

The sad news (or good news, depending on how you look at it) is that it is hard to find in the U.S. (not impossible, though), so you will probably need to go to France to get yourself a bottle of this wine. You're welcome.

I approached this wine pairing with some trepidation. I was looking for a wine to pair with my Sea Bass Poached in Saffron-Tomato Broth. Bold, complex flavors in this dish begged a bold, complex wine. Susan said she felt the L'Or des Pierres would be a good match for the flavors I described, and my online research confirmed this. [...]

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

October 5, 2016 10

Musings of a Wine Maven


How could it be in the twenty-two years since I returned to the States after a six-year career segment based in Lyon, that I could have overlooked the huge deal the fall wine sales still are in France? I guess for one thing, we have always gone back for our annual holiday in the summer, where to the delight of my wife Benedicte the summer clothes sales are in full swing. Both wine and clothing sales are semi-annual events in France, legislated at the national level. They are eagerly anticipated and, from what I have seen, produce the desired sales activity.

Of all places, I was reminded of the wine sales while staying in [...]


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