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DIARY OF A MASTER OF WINE IN PROVENCE:

LA MAISON DES VINS DE CÔTES DE PROVENCE REOPENS WITH GREAT FANFARE

While Provence has been making wine for over 2000 years, its wine has not always had the fame it has today. Wine needs to reach foreign shores to be recognised, to be drunk by people who will write and praise the wine, to be acknowledged. For 2000 years the wines of Provence have been consumed, largely by locals. During the past 200 years it has been appreciated increasingly by tourists and over the past 20 years, thanks to the boom in rosé sales, it is highly regarded internationally.

Back in 1933, a group of young winemakers, including Baron Louis Rasque de Laval, owner of Château Ste Roseline, came together to form the ‘Syndicat des propriétaires vignerons du Var’. Three years later, in 1936, the first five French appellations, Tavel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Monbazillac, Arbois and Cassis, were created. It seems quite fitting that the current trio of posters advertising the wines of Provence have a 1930s feel, harking back to the naissance of the modern appellation.
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DIARY OF A MASTER OF WINE IN PROVENCE:

CÔTES DE PROVENCE, PROWEIN, AND COTEAUX VAROIS

One region, one new vintage, two countries, three colours, three appellations, three departments, four fairs… Round one of my official tasting season is over, and now is time for a brief retrospective pause to think about them and the rosés tasted. Concentrating on research for my rosé book means that I often didn’t have time to taste all the reds and whites I want to – that is something to look forward to this autumn.

The one region is Provence with three of the four tasting events being for Côtes de Provence, Coteaux Varois and Coteaux d’Aix who together make up 95% of the region’s production, and held, respectively in the departments of Alpes Maritimes, Var and Bouches du Rhône. The fourth event at Prowein, in Germany, was for the three regions together. The two countries were France and Germany.
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Musings of a Wine Maven

LORD SAVE US, MARTHA STEWART IS SELLING WINE AGAIN

Never a quitter, Martha has shaken off the debacle of her failed venture with Gallo a decade ago to come back at the unsuspecting wine consumer with a new wine marketing scheme. Unable then to successfully sell her Martha Stewart Vintage label at fifteen bucks a bottle, her name is now attached to a box of six of her favorite selections for $59.99, served up in a wine club framework. Hmmm, if a fifteen buck wine made for her by Gallo couldn’t sell, why then these ten buck finds (introductory price) from California, Spain, Italy and France?

There are at least two rosés from Provence, the region that has taken the U.S. by storm with its immensely popular pink wine
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