Before we even left for France, I knew there was one winery that I wanted to visit in Provence. The owners of the apartment that we rented in L’isle Sur la Sorgue told me about the winery Tempier Bandol. Alice Waters imports their wines for Chez Panisse. They are known for their roses and robust reds. The winery is located outside the coastal fishing village of Bandol. This is an important wine growing region in France.
The winery was down a one lane path and our GPS said we had arrived long before we saw it. David was ready to turn back, but we kept going at my insistance and I”m glad we did.
We sampled both the rose and the red wine and came away with a nice bottle of 2009 red wine. Hopefully it will make it home in our luggage. We will save it for our blind wine tasting event over the Labor Day weekend.
After leaving the winery we drove to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Our rental car was upgraded to a Peugeot convertible. David loved it and wished we could get one in the US.
Cassis is a resort town on the coast that has a beautiful harbor. It is not as crowded as Nice or Canne
We had lunch at a harborside brasserie.
The Salad Niscoise was refreshing with a glass of rose wine and a view of the sea. Life could not have been better!
We only wish that we had brought our bathing suits.
I will continue with our adventures when we return home on Saturday. We are staying with our friends in Tours right now and do not have internet access. I am writing this from the Irish company Bar in old Tours, the only place we could find with wifi. It is approaching lunch time and David already knows what he is having….Moules au Curry…mussels with cream, curry and white wine.