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August 3, 2019 3

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food


I know you. You spend significant time planning your menus and your wine pairings. Maybe not every day, but at least for special occasions. I certainly do, and this weekend was no exception.

I was planning an anniversary dinner for us. I bought a nice rosé (shocking, eh?) from Feast (, one of my go-to sources in Tucson for nice, unusual, and well-priced wines. Sometimes I plan the wine around the meal, sometimes the meal around the wine. This was a case of the latter.

The rosé — Commanderie de Peyrassol — is from Château Peyrassol, about 30 miles northwest of Saint Tropez. With its proximity to the Mediterranean (well, it’s not exactly ON the water), I planned to make fish for...

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

July 6, 2019 7

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

‘Tis the Season

No, not that season! It’s grilling season. And I have to say that Rhône wines are pretty perfect for pairing with grilled meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and fruits. Why is that, I wonder?

I don’t want to get into the science side of things. For one, I am not...

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

November 4, 2018 22

Musings of a Wine Maven

Rosé Vintage Importance: With Ten Seconds To Choose, Which Rosé Will It Be?

Numerous studies have been conducted in the food industry on what influences shoppers’ buying decisions. I came across several such studies during my printing equipment sales career, as print quality of the package can have enormous impact, positive or negative, at the moment of selection. What stands out in my mind today from...

Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

April 1, 2018 1

Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

ProWein and Vinisud Conversations: Breaking the Stereotype of “Provence-Style Rosé”

One of the comments I often hear when going around international wine exhibitions is, ‘We make our rosé in a Provence or southern French style.’ What this means is that the wine has minimal skin contact, making a pale pink, dry wine with delicate fruit character.

This confuses me. Most producers...

Off the Via Domitia

March 15, 2018 16



Markus Niggli—founder of Markus Wine Co. at Borra Vineyards in Lodi, California-- is an exceptionally talented and savvy winemaker who started making his own small-production line of edgy, artisanal white wines in 2010. He was not quite 40 years old

Wine Snoops

April 7, 2019 0

Madeleine Herbeau of Château Barbebelle Visits New England

Madeleine Herbeau of Château Barbebelle in Provence dropped by Portsmouth, and PWZ rendezvoused with her and Top Terroir importer, Jacques Navarre, over lunch at La Maison Navarre.

You can catch up with her today, Sunday April 7, at the MN Wine Bar (in La Maison Navarre in downtown Portsmouth, NH) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and taste her award-winning...


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