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The Rhône Rangers Raise their Glasses in Honor of Sonoma Restaurateur Sondra Bernstein

It was the perfect assemblage to honor the woman who created the “Rhône Alone” wine list: an unusually glorious June day in San Francisco; the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio filled with family, friends, and fans of Sondra Bernstein and Rhône-style wines; and about 75 winemakers pouring their wines made in the U.S. from Rhône varieties. What better way could the Rhône Rangers bestow their fifth annual Lifetime Achievement Award on Bernstein who, twenty years earlier, had demonstrated her support of Rhône and Rhône-style wines by devoting the wine list for her first restaurant, “the girl and the fig,” to those wines. I felt fortunate to be

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!

April Frost Damages 25% of Château Vignelaure Vineyard

“We are lucky the damage was not worse,” Philippe Bru, Directeur Œnologue of Château Vignelaure, said of the April 29th frost that hit his vineyard, located in Rians, just north of Aix-en-Provence. “I hear that the Center of the Var was hit much worse, especially around Correns.”
That devastating frost, considered the most destructive since

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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