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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

Château Barbebelle’s Cuvée Madeleine Arrives in New Hampshire

I am psyched to report that one of my go-to rosés from Provence has just arrived in New Hampshire -- for the first time. Château Barbebelle Cuveé Madeleine (2016) debuted in six of the State Liquor Stores just a couple of weeks ago; it sold out quickly in most of the stores but, fortunately, more is on the way.

E & J Gallo Quietly Launches Provence Rosé, Fleur de Mer, into the U.S. Market

Knowing that Americans are thirsty for Provence rosé, E & J Gallo has hooked up with Les Maïtres Vignerons de la Presqu’île de Saint-Tropez in Provence to make a rosé for the U.S. market. After introducing two rosés, both produced by Les Maïtres Vignerons, to several test markets in key U.S. areas (e.g., Los Angeles, Florida, and New England), Gallo selected

The Trump Organization Buys Wine Estate in Provence

This article was published on April 1, 2017 for April Fools / Poisson d'Avril day. Please send an email to, if you would like to receive a PDF copy of the original article.

A Third Namesake Wine Joins the Château Margüi Portfolio: Welcome Toscane de Margüi

In early February, at Millesime Bio in Marseille, I had the pleasure of meeting Titien, 14-year-old son of Philippe Guillanton and Marie-Christine Baylet-Guillanton, who, with a little cajoling

Millésime Bio 2018 Slated for Late January in Montpellier

Millésime Bio, said to be the world’s largest trade fair devoted to organic wine, has announced its 2018 dates and a return to Montpellier: it will take place from Monday 29 January to Wednesday 31 January next year at the

Decanter’s Man of the Year 2017 Steven Spurrier once owned a Vacqueyras Estate

Steven Spurrier, British bon vivant extraordinaire, was just named Decanter Man of the Year 2017. As handsome as he is smart, Spurrier has worn so many hats in the wine world

Millennials in New York City vs London: A Vinisud Study Casts Light on their Wine Preferences

There is a lot of talk about what millennials are doing. On the subject of what they are drinking, those in the wine business are very interested. According to data collected by the Wine Market Council, millennials consumed 42% of all wine in the U.S. in 2015, exceeding all previous
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