Côteaux Varois

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Chilling With Friends

It was the eve of a minor surgical procedure that was to keep me off my feet for four to six weeks. What was I to do? Naturally, I invited friends over for meal-worthy charcuterie board to chill, try out some wine ... and to keep my mind off the knife. What would you have done?

While there is no one “recipe” for putting together a charcuterie board, I invite you to visit Cocoa & Lavender to see what I did. It might give you some ideas, and you might have some to share with me! What would you add to a charcuterie board that I omitted?

The wine of the evening was a 2017 Patricia Ortelli Blanc from Château la Calisse. It was highly recommended to me as the perfect wine to accompany a charcuterie board, although I honestly didn’t expect it (a white wine) to hold up to some of the more intense items on the board. In the end, it paired really well with every single morsel on the board — from the venison rillettes, to the chicken liver mousse with...
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Provence in a Can – Pure Inspiration

As craft beer brewers have demonstrated, cans are cool. Gone is their "dad's beer" reputation. Cans are environmentally friendly, cheap, provide superb protection, and can go where bottles dare not tread. And, because they offer more surface area than a bottle label, cans provide an artist's pallet for creative...
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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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