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Jun 17, 2009 12:02 AM

Wines from Provence?

Hey Guys,
My wife and I are going to Provence for a few days this summer. We love tasting great wines and visiting vineyards when we can. We know very little about the wines of Provence so we'd love to hear some recs. What should we try to taste? Any places we should definitely visit? Also, any vineyards with an inn or room to rent would be great. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Dunno how far you are willing to drive, or where in Provence you are staying, but when I was in Nimes (or Avignon, I forget which) I spent a day in Chateauneuf du Pape. It really wasn't that far.

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    1. re: whiner

      Whiner, you advice is always so good. While in Chateauneuf du Pape last December, my wife was taking my picture on the steps up to the ruins and a stranger came up from out of the blue to put a glass in my hand. He poured my glass full of CdP for the picture and my tasting pleasure. It appeared that there might be more than 20 caves (tasting rooms) in town, all with free tastings. When I return, I'm staying at a hotel in town so I won't have to drive. There are good restaurants there too.

    2. The roses and the reds from Bandol are what stand out in the Provence region. A trip to CdP as mentioned is an excellent idea as well.

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      1. re: vinosnob

        Bandol for value. Rasteau, Gigondas and CNP for Southern Rhone reds!

      2. Whew--for a few days this can be a huge territory, from traditional AOC areas of Cotes de Provence, etc, as far as the Mediterranean coast north to Cotes du Rhone (Villages), east to Mt Ventoux and even Nice and west to Nimes and Avignon. To others' recommendations, Cassis east of Marseille for its lovely harbor and minerally white wines, Nimes itself, Nyons to the northeast, a great small market town close to many CdR villages. Val Joanis in Pertuis is usually good. I'd google regional travel sites, starting with Cotes de Provence tourism--haven't got a link here, but wine itineraries should be well developed on these sites. Sante.

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          1. I don't know if they have tours, but if you can manage to visit Domaine Tempier I'd certainly recommend it as they make some fantastic (if expensive) Bandols.

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            1. re: dinwiddie

              I can fully second Tempier. Their rose is superb, the reds are stunning. In Provence for rose Ch. les Crostes is nice as well, whites and rose.