Virginia Woolf and the white wines of Cassis2019/7/24
“I guess it was the thought of Virginia Woolf writing To The Lighthouse while smoking cigars and knocking back a few glasses of Cassis white that stuck in my mind.
It meant that when I first visited the vineyards of Cassis in Provence back in 1999, in a tiny rental car whose handbrake kept failing to master the steeply-sloped landscape, Château de Fontcreuse was pretty much my first stop.
I was determined to locate the site of a tiny cottage on its grounds that the Bloomsbury Set used to rent over long summers, and where Woolf wrote parts of both To The Lighthouse and The Waves (she wrote in her diary in June 1927 that she was working on her novel in the evenings, ‘near the sea, a garden under the window, when the gramophone is playing late sonatas’).
I didn’t realise then just what an exception Cassis white wines are.
Provence, it seems dumb to point out now, is the land of rosé. This is not an exaggeration. It’s swimming in the stuff. A full 87% of all wine made in the region is pink, with 141 million bottles this year alone, around 35% of France’s entire production.
It’s these statistics that makes the salt-stung air of Cassis so unusual. Built along a series of rocky limestone inlets known as Les Calanques, the tiny fishing village of Cassis is 20km down the coast from Marseille, at the far corner of Provence.
And like all of Provence, they make wine here, even if on a smaller scale than many of the inland sectors of the region. It’s an appellation with just 12 winemakers and 215 hectares, and was one of the first AOCs to be created in France back in 1936, along with Sauternes and Châteauneuf du Pape.
And unlike the rest of Provence, rosé takes a back seat – 71% of the production is based on blends of the white grapes of Marsanne and Clairette, with varying accompaniments of Ugni Blanc, Terret Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Bourboulenc.
They are perfect as summer softens into autumn and their richly striking collision of citrus, wild herb and saline flavours make for a perfect accompaniment to butternut squash risottos, wild mushroom tarts, smoked fishes.”
Read more at : https://www.decanter.com/…/cassis-white-wines-provence-37…/…”
Nice: National Marc Chagall Museum2019/6/5
“On the Cimiez Hill, just above Nice, the Musée Marc Chagall finds itself in an extraordinary location.
An alcove of greenery bathed in a warm, calm atmosphere, this collection currently has a Biblical theme.
A painter of Russian origin, Marc Chagall offered a beautiful gift to France throughout the 1960s and 1970s – seventeen masterpieces constituting his work on the Bible.
These pieces make up part of the permanent collection of more than 400 paintings, watercolors, ink drawings, and pastels.
This universe, dedicated to the works of Chagall, is teeming with colors used in original and unexpected ways.
In a calm monastery, visitors are invited to embark on the same legendary path as Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the pioneers of Modernism, a cultural movement that took Western societies by storm from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th.
All visitors can also walk around the Museum’s splendid olive tree park, which dominates the fascinating city of Nice. ”
Address: Musée national Marc Chagall, Avenue du Docteur Ménard 06000 Nice
In Vincent Van Gogh footsteps around Arles in Provence.2019/5/22
“Vincent Van Gogh lived in Arles in the South of France for more than a year. He experienced great productivity there before suffering from a mental breakdown.
He arrived in Arles on 20 February 1888. After two years in Paris, he was tired of the bustle and demands of city life and longed for the sunshine and vibrant colors of the south. When he got to Arles, he took a room at:
– the hotel-restaurant Carrel,
and later, one at :
– Café de la Gare.
In early September, he moved into:
– the Yellow House,
which he had begun using as a studio on 1st of May.
He was highly productive during this period and made numerous paintings and drawings in and around Arles. He developed an expressive, individual painting style characterized by bold colors and dynamic brushstrokes. In Arles, he met the artists Eugène Boch, Dodge MacKnight and Christian Mourier-Petersen and befriended the postal official Joseph Roulin. Paul Gauguin came to join him in October, and they worked together in Arles for two months.
In late December, Vincent suffered a psychotic episode in which he cut off part of his ear. Gauguin went back to Paris soon afterward. Vincent was admitted to hospital and discharged on 7 January. In late January and February, however, he suffered two more attacks, and he returned to hospital for a longer spell. On 8 May 1889, he left Arles to be voluntarily committed to a psychiatric institution in Saint-Rémy de Provence.
Other places dedicated to the artist:
-The Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles aims to showcase and promote Van Gogh’s artistic heritage while also asking questions about the resonance of his oeuvre in art today. By presenting the painting of van Gogh in the context of works by contemporary artists, it seeks to stimulate a fruitful dialogue centered on interrogation and reflection.”
Blossoming has started at Domaine du Gros Noré, Bandol AOC.2019/5/18
Few differences can be obseved on these four different grape varieties: the star of Bandol, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Clairette and Cinsault.
Yeast Gallery event by Miica Fran2019/5/18
Food creator Miica Fran event last Sunday at Yeast Gallery was inspired by the masterpieces of Van Gogh “Van Gogh et la nature”, Monet “Les Nymphéas”, Picasso “Guernica”, Le Corbusier “Ronchamp chapel” , Cézanne “Pommes et oranges”.
Creative and delicious menu, great pairing with aVin wines!
Thank you Miica Fran!