Philippe Bru, Directeur Oenologue at Château Vignelaure, talks to me about winemaking.
2015 was a good year. Brilliant clarity and great depth. Intense bouquets segueing into a well-balanced product with layers of complexity. A lingering finish, imploring the reader, we hope, to return for more in 2016. Provence WineZine is still young but we have great promise. Below are some of the highlights of the year, some of which we’ve written about and others that will be the focus of upcoming articles.
Merci mille fois to all those in the wine business who have welcomed us into their world. From tiny wine shops to big châteaux, they have regaled us with stories, shared their knowledge of wine, let us taste the fruits of their labors, and left us filled with wonder. PWZ–an elite cast of characters for sure–brings it all to your screens, via pens, keyboards, and cameras, and I am immensely grateful to each and everyone for their contributions. Finally, dear readers, un grand merci to those of you who actually read our stuff and, if you comment, Bacchus is surely watching over you!!
May the New Year unfold with those who enrich your life, good food and wine, and continued hope for a safe and peaceful world. Cheers!
The cave at Château Vignelaure
Alain Riviere, Sales Manager at Château d’Esclans, serves Whispering Angel at the “Provence in the City” tasting in New York City, March 2015.
Sacha Lichine, Proprietor of Château d’Esclans, regals Peter Holt, former Wine Director of Anthony’s Pier Four, Philippe Newlin, Director of Bordeaux Negociant DUCLOT/ La Vinicole, et moi.
Château d’Esclans Spring Tasting Supper at Blantyre in Lenox, Massachusetts
Eric Martin, Director of Development at Abbaye de Lérins, talks about wine.
Marc Perrin, General Manager at Château Beaucastel, takes us on a tour of the estate.
Jérôme Pernot, Sales and Marketing Director at Château Léoube, talks about wine.
Michel Brotons, Proprietor of Clos de l’Ours, talks about wine.
Susan Huet, Director of Marketing at Domaine Saint Andrieu, shares her passion for this wine.
Jacques Monod, Export Manager of Terroirs Originels, talks about wine.
Miraval rosé is popular in Lourmarin.
Phillippe Guillanton, Co-Proprietor of Château Margüi, talks about wine.
Matthieu Garcia, Cellar and Export Manager, at Château La Tour de l’Eveque, talks about wine.
Marine Buttignol, Wine Tourism Business Developer at Château de Calavon, pours wine for a tasting.
W.T. Manfull, PWZ Contributor, is ready to take photographs at Château Vignelaure
Christian leads The Modern Trobadors tour group on a tour of Château d’Esclans.
Bérengère Guenant, Director of Villa Baulieu, and her team welcome Patti Thornton and me.
Villa Baulieu in Rognes, Provence
Clos de l’Ours in Cotignac, Provence.
Pierre Schott, Aureto Cave Manager, discusses wine with The Modern Trobadors Tour Group.
Pamela O’Neill, PWZ contributor, at work.
Jeany Cronk, wife of Stephen Cronk, talks with me about their Mirabeau-en-Provence wines.
David Scott Allen, Editor of PWZ’s Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food, relaxes after cooking.
Jill Barth, PWZ contributor, tastes some rosé in Provence (for research purposes, of course).
Viktorija Todorovska, author of Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living, and Peter Newbury taste rosés from Provence with me.
Jerry Clark (right), PWZ Contributor, toasts with Jacques Navarre at our Viognier tasting.
Viognier Wine Tasting, Chez Manfull
PWZ lost a dedicated member of our staff when our only four-legged staff member d’Angeau passed away this year. We miss his indefatigable, always ready-to-roll, curious nature. R.I.P.