Provence

From Pink to Red

A glorious day of non stop sunshine was forecast for our trip to Bandol, and it was spot on. Bandol is regarded as being one of the best red wine producing areas in the whole of Provence, characterised by the use of the Mourvèdre grape which thrives on the particular terrain of both rich red …

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More than Pink

The sun started to shine a little bit on Friday as we devoted the day to the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence AOP. Our first visit was to the stunning Villa Baulieu – just a twenty drive north west of Aix. Situated in an extinct volcano crater, this beautiful property has been completely renovated and the vineyards reinvigorated. …

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In the Pink

Fliss, Tim’s wife is writing today’s blog. Every local we meet says “this weather is very unusual”, and as an absence of photos with blue skies and people wearing sunglasses attests, we are braving some decidedly English weather at the moment.  Luckily the forecast for Friday and Saturday looks much better. At Mirabeau en Provence …

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Back in Provence

A second intrepid group have headed out to Aix, to explore this fabulous region.   Despite some showers, we headed out to l’Opéra restaurant again, for another night of innovative Provençal cuisine, and delicious wine.  A similar menu to our meal back in April, but a new dish added some extra excitement.  

Our day in Bandol

The town of Bandol is on the coast, but the appellation name derives from its role as the exporting point, rather than where the vineyards are.  The vineyards are slightly inland and we learnt the fascinating story of the setting up of the appellation from Richard de Wahl Rubin, who Domaines Bunan had asked to present …

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