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May 10, 2020 6

Hermitage – the finest manifestation of Syrah and Marsanne

Standing guard with a fabulous view looking south over the Rhone Valley is the magnificent hill of Hermitage, crowned by the famous chapel of St Christopher.  

Geologically, the hill was part of the right bank Massif Central until the Rhone River burrowed its way to the west, ensuring Hermitage as the only granitic terroir on the Rhone’s left bank.  The Romans won a decisive battle against the Gauls here in 121 BC and to celebrate, built a temple to Hercules.  No doubt Hermitage’s steep slopes with the southerly aspect soon gained a reputation for grape growing and great wines.  Invaders destroyed the temple and vineyards at the fall of the Roman Empire.  The first chapel of St Christopher was constructed on the hill in the Middle Ages.

Returning home exhausted from the Crusades in 1224, the knight Henri Gaspart de Sterimberg was allowed to retire and...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

May 2, 2020 2

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Praemonitus, Praemunitus

Praemonitus, praemunitus. How is your Latin? Not so good? Don’t worry — neither is mine. But this 15th century Latin proverb, when translated, will be very familiar. “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.” A little insider knowledge can make a big difference, as it helps us to be...
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Off the Via Domitia

Tara Gomez
March 8, 2020 7

KITÁ WINES: FOR NATIVE AMERICAN WINEMAKER TARA GOMEZ, DREAMS DO COME TRUE

By the time Tara Gomez graduated from high school in 1991, she knew she wanted to be a winemaker.  In many ways, she had been preparing for that role her whole life.  But, she probably never imagined she would be making wine for her tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in the American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Santa Barbara, California, or that she would also co-own a nearby winery, Camins 2 Dreams, with her wife Mireia Taribó, a winemaker, that specializes in natural wines. Dreams do...
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Wine Snoops

May 2, 2020 0

Swedish Wine Writer Wins Coveted Award for his Book on Provence Wines

Göran Boman was recently honored with the prestigious international Gourmand World Cookbook Award for his 2018 book entitled The Wines of Provence – Tricolour.   Accordingly, this book is the “Best in the World” in the category “French Wine“! I learned that this competition has been likened to the film competition in the Oscars. Woo-hoo, Göran Boman!

This very informative and well-written book covers...
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