September is a busy time of year in Provence. It is of course the time when the grapes are harvested, the moment when the hard work in the vineyards finally bears fruit and the anxiety over the fate of this delicate natural product is almost over. A much less serious harvest that happens concurrently, though mostly confined to kids and housewives, is that of the local fig varieties. There are both violet and green figs in this area, though I much prefer the darker varieties, as they happen to be so gorgeous on the eye as well as the taste buds. Continue reading
It’s the beginning of the summer in Provence. What do you do? Hang out at the beach near St. Tropez? Book a table at your local café for the season? Maybe hire a yacht and cruise the Med… That sounds pretty cool. Sadly, our summer wasn’t going to be anything exotic, but rather one of some serious work in the midday sun tending pools, mowing lawns and painting shutters. Which isn’t as bad as it sounds when I furnish you with some background information.
As well as getting a 90 point score from the US wine critic Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and winning a Gold Medal at The Drinks Business Global Rosé Masters this month, the same publication posted their Top 10 Dry Rosés over £10 this week. Continue reading
Restoring the interior of a four-hundred-year-old building takes time, delicate handling and long hours. Plastering of the vaulted ceilings and walls was done by a true craftsman, reviving the building with more than a casual nod to keeping the original structure and character of the building intact. And with great success. Continue reading
A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of attending a wedding at Chateau de Robenier which is situated a few kilometres from Cotignac. Now when we say attend, we really mean that we were there well before the bride, the groom and guests, more specifically to supply the wine and deliver some wine barrels for the decor in the garden. Continue reading