Art & Wine

Written by Laurence Bry. Posted in Wine & spirits

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Combining Art & Wine has been a growing trend in Provence.  Chateau Vignelaure, Commanderie de Peyrassol, Chateau La Coste and more recently Chateau de la Gaude all feature monumental sculptures from world renowned artists.

Chateau Bonisson, the new player on the block, located in Rognes north of Aix-en-Provence, not only offers award-winning organic wine made from hand-picked grapes but soon a contemporary art center will be open to visitors as well. The domaine offers two ranges: La Petite Causerie and Opus 1619 both available in red, white and rosé. Among the numerous distinctions this new winery obtained in 2020 are the silver medal for  La Petite Causerie rosé 2019 and the gold medal Opus 1619 rosé 2019 at the prestigious Concours Général Agricole de Paris. 

In 2017, the La Dorze family purchased the domaine where the date 1619 is visible above the entrance to the superbly refurbished bastide. Tasks are shared between father and daughter. Victoire has taken on the management of the  winery where grapes have been grown since 1791 while father Christian pursues his  passion for contemporary art. His private collection is beyond impressive and I was unexpectedly invited in for a sneak preview.

When I recently visited the domaine, the Bonisson Art Center was in the final phase of construction. A two-story building will open in time for the end of the year holidays. The first exhibit will feature the works of the French award-winning photographer, George Rousse, who invented a unique approach that led to the creation of artwork that transforms sites into pictorial spaces.

AixPression Microbrewery

Written by Laurence Bry. Posted in Wine & spirits

A pression is a draft beer in French so you have probably guessed that Aix Pression is a beer made in Aix. Well close enough – it’s brewed in the town of Rognes, just north of Aix-en-Provence.

Steven Giroud was born into a family of winemakers and successfully convinced his parents that they could ferment beer just as well as wine. Beer being the beverage of choice for the younger generation his microbrewery launched 3 varieties in early 2015: the blonde, the white and the rosé. 

Available in most local wine shops in the Aix-en-Provence region and well worth a try. 

Brangelina Rosé

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Brangelina Rosé

The 2012 Château Miraval rosé labeled ‘Jolie-Pitt and Perrin’ is retailing at $24.99 a bottle. A hefty price tag for a Côte de Provence but then again there is a price to pay for Brand names and for organic wines.

France's Largest Picnic

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France's Largest Picnic

Pack a picnic and head out to one of 32 participating vineyards (in Provence) on May 26, 27 or 28th. You bring the food, family and friends and the winemakers will throw in the wine, the atmosphere and a beautiful setting for a perfect day in Provence.

Supersized

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Supersized

The 3rd bottle from the left is a regular size bottle of wine but to satiate the tastes of both NY night clubs and the Kazak market, some Provençal wine producers are bottling much larger formats.

Iphone absinthe APP

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Iphone absinthe APP

Shake Shake Shake. Looking for some new cocktail ideas using the anis-flavoured spirit that was wildly popular with artists and writers like Vincent Van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway? Well there is an an APP for you with cocktails suggestions that range from easy to prepare, elaborate to very elaborate.

Wine Rally

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Wine Rally

The 10th Annual Mont Ste. Victoire Wine Rally takes place on Saturday October 15th 2011. The rally is one of the most enjoyable ways of discovering the AOC: Côte de Provence Sainte Victoire. Team up with some friends and select a designated driver. Then you are off for a full day excursion to visit the different vineyards at the foot of Cezanne’s favorite mountain.