Behind the Scenes in Provence

Provence Confidential has been blogging about restaurant launches, cooking classes, food festivals, Provençal wines and spirits as well as tradition and folklore since 2008.

I have served as a contributor to:

    

I have also been a guide for:

Food & Wine Trails  

So, if you are planning a trip to Provence or if you simply want to look up past blog posts to see what there is to 'see and do' just enter the subject name into the search bar.

Follow Provence Confidential on Provence Confidential on Twitter Provence Confidential on Pinterest Provence Confidential on Facebook Provence Confidential on Instagram

First Crush

First Crush

Although a fair distance from Provence I thought this wine making facility in Bordeaux was really interesting. A company by the name of Crushpad (crushpadwine.fr.) runs a wine making operation targeting individual wine enthusiasts who want to create their own cuvées from the region.

Hot Chocolate Tour

Hot Chocolate Tour

Villeneuve-les-Avignons is located just opposite Avignon on the other side of the Rhone river. There lies a monestary that was built during the 14th century. It's a remarkable structure open to visitors year round.

A Wine is Born

A Wine is Born

Vatmaker Marc Nomblot has been selling his concrete tanks for over 20 years but he only introduced the egg in 2001. These egg-shaped vats are now all the rage especially with biodynamic winemakers. For the uninitiated biodynamism involves bringing spiritual and holistic elements into the winemaking process.

Palais Secret

Palais Secret

Until 30 May 2010 the Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes) in Avignon is offering special tasting tours on weekends. The tour will take you to the private apartments of the Pope, inlcuding the wardrobe, the chapel and the gardens. Secret staircases will lead you from the cellar to private terraces. 

Truffle Mania

Truffle Mania

With the holiday season approaching the French start to think about acquiring the elusive truffle. We are in the heart of Black Diamond season and it is the perfect gourmet ingredient.

Provence Prestige

Provence Prestige

The 16th Annual fair opens its doors in Arles from November 26-30th, 2009 from 10 am - 8 pm daily. Discover antiques, pottery, santons, wines and find foods from local producers like goat cheese, honey, cured meats, olive oil, Camargue rice and salt. Have a look at the website to spot which of the 150 exhibitors you don’t want to miss. www.provenceprestige.com

Savon de Marseille

Savon de Marseille

Olive oil based soaps have been manufactured in Marseille since the 17th century. The city once had a monopoly in the soap making industry and supplied all of France and it’s colonies. Using local ingredients which included olive oil, salt and salicorne ashes from the Camargue, the trade grew both in Marseille and neighbouring cities.