Shalom Chin – Provence Part 5 – Fréjus and the surrounding parts of Côtes de Provence
The crusty red iron-rich soils of Jas d'esclans an example of the great variation of soil types in Provence

Final Part of the Provence wine series. Many wines tasted with personal opinions.

I believe that to end the Provence series, it is worth mentioning about the Fréjus Appellation, which is another sub-appellation of the Côtes de Provence and an AOC 80km from Nice, a city that used to be under the Regent of Italy along with Savoie. I was told that Nice itself was founded by the Greeks who brought olive, figs and winemaking from Greece 2600 years ago. It is said that the first wines made were likely rosé as the wines are pressed straight away after picking. Read More >

Shalom Chin – Provence Part 4 – Sainte-Victoire – a Gem of the Côte de Provence
At the base of Sainte-Victoire at Domaine de Saint-Ser

Sainte-Victoire – a Gem of the Côte de Provence

Part 4 of the Provence wine series

There is no doubt in my mind that the Côte de Provence produces some of the best Rosés in the world especially this sub-appellation of Sainte-Victoire where the Mountain of Sainte-Victoire (over 1000m in height) provides a sort of rain shelter for the vines. Read More >

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Sommelier Shalom Chin Provence Blog Part 3 – A Case for Cassis
The old vines of Cassis

Part 3 of the Provence wine series

The history of Cassis goes back to 2600 years when the first vines were being planted by the Romans. Cassis is one of those AOCs in France that needs more promotion overseas from wine lovers. Read More >

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Singapore Sommelier Shalom Chin Provence Blog Part 2 – A Day in Bandol
The canes of the goblet are so straight that disease is hardly an issue

Part 2 of the Provence wine series

Provence is a land with 300 days of sun, little rain, low humidity and a low Mediterranean climate with ocean influence.

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Shalom Chin – Provence blog Part 1 – La Vie en Rosé
Your typical provencial markets  Imagine them now with rose wines

Thoughts about Rosé. An introduction to Provence. Part 1 of the series.

The south of France holds many surprises. Firstly, I must confess that I was a rosé skeptic. Throughout my nine years of wine tasting, I admit that I never considered rosé to be a wine style that should be taken seriously.

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