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Margeaux Lampley and Didier Théophile,  co-owners of Domaine MasLauris.  Photo provided by Lampley
October 10, 2016 13


This is the story of one couple's meandering path to the first harvest of their own vines.

Do you ever wonder, as I often do, how people come to do what they are doing? How did an American jazz and gospel singer/former attorney and her French attorney/wine aficionado husband come to own a winery just outside a small village named Lauris in the southern part of Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon in Provence? In fact, they had to build the winery. It was a circuitous path, not without a few bouchons, to Domaine MasLauris; but none of that matters right now because, five-and-a-half years after purchasing the vines and a run-down house, the grapes of their first harvest are on their way to becoming red, white, and rosé wines.

“When I was eight years old, I wrote an essay about what I wanted to do when I grew up,” said Margeaux Lampley, co-owner of the winery with husband Didier Théophile. “My mother found it recently,” she chuckled. “I had written that I would live in France, be a dancer—at the time, I was a dancer—a doctor and a [...]

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

October 1, 2016 8

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Le Vin de Table

Vin de Table. Table wine. We all have our favorites. You know, the wine you drink every day. The one you buy when it's just you, or you and your family. A good, reasonably priced, and readily available table wine. Vin de Table.

Today's wine is just that. La Vieille Ferme rosé can be found in most grocery stores, big box wine stores, and even the occasional boutique [...]

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

October 5, 2016 8

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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Vineyards at the foot of Mont Sainte Victoire
October 4, 2016 6

Provence Nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year

A Wine Star has become to wine what a Grammy is to music, an Oscar to film. Since their inaugural Wine Star Awards event in 2001, Wine Enthusiast [...]


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