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Rhône to Provence
8-Day Wine & Food Experience with "Thru The Vines"
October 28th, 2023 -November 4th, 2023
This small group tour through Southern France is for lovers of fine wine, exceptional cuisine, and an appreciation of French culture, and people. From stunning hilltops to the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline, explore and visit small artisan wineries, whose wines are available for purchase here in the USA. Prepare and dine on sumptuous meals with some of the region’s top chefs. Return each day to charming and unique accommodations chosen especially for you the discerning traveler.
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‘For the tables of kings and the altars of the Gods’
Chateau d’Issan 2015
3rd Grand Cru Classé
I was so fortunate to visit this amazing Chateau in 2017 on the annual Master of Wine student trip for first year candidates. It was the 20th anniversary of this trip, and we saw some amazing properties. It was overwhelmingly amazing for those of us who had never been to this region before.
We actually got to tour the actual Chateau, which is very old,and rarely are people allowed to come inside. It is still inhabited, but is filled with pieces from the 1600’s and it is recognized as a historical landmark by the
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]‘We respect the diversity expressed by each vintage’
I love when wineries can allow a vintage to speak to us.
CA’del BAIO Barbaresco Vallegrande DOCG
100% Nebbiolo (obvs)
Aromatics of Red and black cherries with a hint of roses and a tarry note. Classic Nebbiolo nose. The fruit was concentrated on the palate, with grippy, but fine tannin and mouth watering acidity. At 15% alcohol, I expected to taste it , but I didn’t, as it was well integrated and balanced with the generosity of fruit flavours,
These hand harvested grapes are fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel for 7-15 days, and then mature for 2 years in old Slavonian
Cosimo Maria Masini
90% Sangiovese 10% Sanforte
This is a rose I look forward to every summer, and it drinks beautifully all year long. A bit more ‘substantial’ than a provencal rose, it is made from Sangiovese an an old indegenous Tuscan variety called SanForte. SanForte has a lot of the same properties as Sangiovese, with added violet aromatics and a bit of savouriness.
This wine was fresh and red cherried with an earthy minerality cutting through it. So great with cold smoked Alaskan salmon and baby Kale salad.
The grapes were hand harvested with whole bunch pressing after about 5 hours of maceration on the skins and fermented with