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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 11, 2015: Fruit of the Vine



Many regions of France are known for their wines, and Provence is one of them, located at the lower end of the Rhone Valley. Some Provence vineyards ship far and wide; others are far more local, and go out of their way to promote locally.


That's the thought behind this wine festival and market we attended in July in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. For a weekend, the streets of the historic center, especially around the town hall, were filled with tables offering samples and sales of many different wines; other stands provided lunch plates of seafood. On the Sunday, there was a public lunch (we went!) that featured local wines and food specialties. 




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Hi Paul. Just curious. Would an outdoor wine tasting be permissible in the US?

I always find events like this to be so civilised. Folks just mixing and tasting locally produced food and wine. No one over indulging and a beautiful way to enjoy  a summers day making new friends. 

We have a lot of different state and local laws, so, as they say, Your Mileage May Vary.


Since New York is a significant wine-producer, it may be a bit easier here, and in summer there are several wine producers sampling at our local Greenmarket

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

The Finger Lakes area in the center of the state has long been a big white-wine producer; Taylor is originally from there. There's been a growing industry on Long Island in recent years, where sandy soil in some areas has been good to the grapes. On the whole, NY wines range from extraordinary to oversweet.


And, of course, it's home to one of my guilty favorites: Manishewitz Concord Grape wine, kosher for Passover!

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Must look into this.

I prefer sweet wines. Hate dry wines. Which I know is very unfashionable. 

But I do love asking guests to try my Italian "Martini. Asti Spumante. Sparkling Wine".

I do enjoy converting people with an attitude to sweet wines !




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