Wine Snoop Report

Out Out Damn Rosé

Red wine grabbed the spotlight from their much-lauded rosés at Château Léoube's recent portes ouvertes on the Cap Bénat peninsula in Bormes-les-Mimosas. The star of the show was the first official vintage of Léoube Collector, a single varietal Cabernet Franc, a first of its kind [...]

This Is Not Your Grand-Maman’s Coop Wine

Cooperatives throughout Provence are getting a facelift in their bid to seduce new wine buyers. In the past it was enough for them to blend up a white, a red, and a rosé, safe in the knowledge that it would be pumped into vessels large and small and carried off [...]

BYOWA in the Hamptons

Woe is the bon vivant who looks forward to a tipple of rosé this weekend in the Hamptons. Yesterday, the New York Post sounded the alarm with their headline, “Rosé running dangerously low in the Hamptons.” Whispering Angel the perennial favorite of the [...]

No more Aureto Tramontane (2011) in la cave

Shortly after this IGP Vaucluse red wine received a “Commended” nod from the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards—adding to its other awards—Cave Aureto’s bins are bare, as of the first week in August. (We have thoroughly enjoyed the 2010 cuvée on [...]

To be or not to be AOP

At the same time as Provence's AOP wines are receiving much attention and accolades, there appears to be a new vanguard of Vins de Pays and Vins de France (formerly Vins de Table) on the scene. On recent visits to some of Provence’s most esteemed [...]

Dancing in the vines of Pierrefeu

Much cause for celebration at Château Montaud last week as their long anticipated 2013 AOP Côtes de Provence Pierrefeu hit the shelves. This new offering from owner and winemaker Frédéric Ravel represents eleven years of perseverance, as president of the region's [...]
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