Kate Hilpern The Independent on Mirabeau

Another Top 10 listing for Mirabeau

September 26, 2014

For the third time this year, Mirabeau has made it into a Top 10 Rosé list, this time from the British national newspaper The Independent. Kate Hilpern writes: Not so long ago, more serious wine drinkers considered rosé as unsophisticated and unworthy. But today, it’s never been more popular, especially in the summer, with rosé now accounting for 11% of all wine sold in British supermarkets. Continue reading

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Quiche with Figs, Lardons and roasted Almonds

September 21, 2014

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


Diving in at the deep end

September 3, 2014

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.

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Pure takes #2 slot in World’s Top 10 Dry Rosés over £10

August 20, 2014

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

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Opening shop in a 400-year old building

August 19, 2014

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