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On Uby Pond

On Uby Pond  The Little Pond Terrapin The European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis), is a little freshwater turtle in the family Emydidae, it can live to over 100 years old, and is endemic to the...

A Dinner with Destiny

A Dinner with Destiny   10,000 Miles, 200 Years, 6 Generations “Some food and wine dinners are all about the pairing, then there are those rare occasions, maybe only a handful of times in a...

All Dressed Up in a Sour Place

All Dressed Up in a Sour Place "Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course." William Shakespeare   The taste of Place The French term Choucroute Garni, means ‘dressed...

The Black Prince and a Hill of Beans

The Black Prince and a Hill of Beans “Cassoulet, like life itself, is not so simple as it seems.” -Paula Wolfert   The Black Prince The prince was born Edward of Woodstock, into the House of Plantagenet and...

A Wine of the Timeless Wind

  Eternity He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy He who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sunrise William Blake - 1757-1827   The Beast Provence is a geological masterpiece millions of years in the...

The Baron and the Jewel

The Baron and the Jewel In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild of what was to become known as the ‘French branch’ of the Rothschild family purchased the Medoc estate, Chateau Lafite. This was 15 years...

A Wine for the Devil’s Throat

  A Wine for the Devil’s Throat “The ancient Egyptians believed the god Anubis met each of us on the other side, and that he stood before a great scale on which our hearts were...

The Pariah

The Pariah The Cabardès AOC is a tiny sub-region in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Aude, France. Husband and wife winemakers, Stephanie and Olivier Rame are the third generation of their family to tend the vineyards...

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