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Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Piece of Paradise in Provence

Being the owner of a company that conducts food and wine tours throughout the world I am frequently asked regarding my favorite spot for a personal holiday.   Both my husband and I agree that it is Chateau Talaud in Provence.   We’ve been here too many times to count and each time this charmer exceeds our oh-so-very-high expectations.

I particularly love the attention to detail of the chateau...from the luxurious fabrics to the carefully chosen cutlery and dishes. It's easy to understand why the property has been featured in the European edition of Architectural Digest.   But, the property is any thing but stuffy---it is quiet country elegance with a “comfort-food-for-the-soul” kind of vibe.

The wine and food scene at Chateau Talaud is another compelling reason to visit.  The chateau is located in the southern Rhone near Chateauneuf de Papes.  Talaud makes its own wine from the >30 acres of vineyards that surround the chateau.  The owner, a gourmet chef, has trained under some of France’s most famous Michelin star chefs.  Breakfasts, typically served in the garden, are beautiful little feasts.  Private dinners are held in the castle's dining room, however, dining outside with the vineyards as a back-drop is magical.

The entire Chateau Talaud property has been leased by Wine-Knows for the harvest tour to France in 2013 (Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhone).  
Viva la France!

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