Rhône Wines


I was delighted to learn Tavel was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.
This rosé’s popularity and fame, though, predates my favorite author by centuries. In the 14th century, when the Popes resided in nearby Avignon, their cellar surely was filled with Tavel alongside their namesake wine Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Papal records reveal that wine transactions with Prieuré de Montézargues, a highly regarded domaine still today, carried right on through the height of plague and famine even when Pope Innocent VI was compelled to sell his own silver for the benefit of the Avignon Papacy. Even earlier, in the 13th century, King Philip IV “Phillipe le Bel” is said to have declared Tavel his favorite wine and later, in the 17th century, King Louis XIV “Le Roi Soleil” declared his fondness for Tavel. Understandably, Tavel came to be known as “Rosé of the Kings, King of the Rosés.” Such homage, however, was long

Wine and Jazz in Provence

What is the perfect musical pairing for the wines of Provence and southern Rhône? Jazz! There are terrific jazz events held in and about wineries during the summer months throughout Provence and most include wine tasting as part of the festivities. Take a picnic, try the wine, and listen to some jazz--what could be better!

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Beauty and the Belle

A little over two years ago, I fell in love with a blonde bombshell - a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I was somewhat in awe of this wine, and never dreamed I would see its doppelgänger here on these shores. But, as you read on, you will find I was wrong.

Just this past October, Susan Manfull wrote an article for the Provence WineZine about a wine bloggers conference she attended last August in Lodi, California, that included visit to Acquiesce Vineyards. It was then she
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