Tale of wines

Wine trails have always attracted lovers of good wine or those who are simply curious to find out more. Certain local winemakers, who actively promote their estate and wine production, clearly contribute to the growing interest in wine (evidenced by the success of the Costières de Nîmes at the Jeudis de Nîmes — market held every Thursday — in July and August, the annual Vine Awards or prize-winning Nîmes wines event.) Wine tourism has recently taken off in the region.

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A bitter aperitif invented in Paris in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet. Dubonnet is made from wines from Roussillon, plant extracts and the bark of quinine, a South American tree introduced into Europe in the 17th century by Spanish missionaries. Its flavor is very sweet, fruity, resembling blackcurrant. The original recipe is 14.8% alcohol per volume but another red Dubonnet and a white Dubonnet at 19% alcohol per volume were created for the American market. It can be enjoyed straight or in a cocktail.




An apéro obtained by the flavoring of a mixture of wine (75% minimum) and neutral alcohol with plant extracts like absinthe (in red vermouth), and artemisia (in white vermouth). It has between 14.5 and 22% alcohol. There are several different types of vermouth, dry vermouth (50 to 60g of sugar/L), which is clear, and rosso vermouth (100 to 150g of sugar/L), which is sweeter and caramel colored. Noilly Prat is the most commonly known commercial brand of French Vermouth. Italy produces the Martini and Cinzano.




Campari is an Italian bitter. It can be enjoyed straight or in cocktails, the most famous being the Americano, created in 1917 in honor of the American soldiers who defended Europe. For an Americano, just add vermouth and fizzy water.



pineauPineau des Charentes

The Charentes, a department in central France named after the Charente river, is famous for Cognac and Pineau. Pineau was invented when a winemaker in the Charentes poured grape must accidentally into a barrel containing cognac. It is a sweet strong wine.





Suze is an aperitif based on the maceration in alcohol of gentiane roots from the Auvergne, citrus flavors and aromatic plants. It is a bittersweet beverage with a subtle flavor.

Llo and Behold

Llo and Behold

Les Bains Llo - hot thermal springs In the Cerdagne and Capcir, in the summer, cooler air, stunning mountain scenery, and a rest from the beach and sand in every orifice... make a trip to the mountains an absolute pleasure. And in the winter, when snow covers the land, it’s natural to turn to snow sports, but have you thought of combining a day in the mountains with the delights of the natural, hot thermal springs at Llo?


The price of a bottle of wine by Colin Trickett


For many people there is a slight mystery around the fact that one can pay as little as 3.70 euros for a bottle of Provence rosé or Costières de Nîmes and yet also pay 35 euros for a bottle of the same vintage and similar designation. There is no simple answer to the conundrum but I am attempting in this article to highlight some of the factors that may account for these huge differences.


Lussan, a village full of character by Carole Rommene


lussanProud of its Village de Caractère new accreditation, Lussan is a place with a soul and a rich past. Located in the north of the Gard department between Alès and Bagnols- sur-Cèze, this pretty fortified place overlooking the valley is surrounded by beautiful landscapes. From the top of its 15th century medieval castle, one is spoilt by the magnificent view: Mont Ventoux on one side, the Pre-Alps on the other, the Monts de l’Ardèche mountain chains behind and the Mont Bouquet on the far corner.


Is Beer the New Wine? by Élodie Orton

Is Beer the New Wine

Mention the South of France and especially the Gard department to anyone and the following images usually spring to mind: sunshine, wine, le Pont du Gard, Nîmes, bull fighting, flamingos, Aigues-Mortes… These are the tourist clichés but the Gard is a vast territory especially north of Nîmes. Once the scrubland is over and you enter the Cévennes, this is another world: hills covered in chestnut trees, beautiful rivers, family campsites, great walks, old stone walled farms, B&B hidden in deep valleys where the Protestants could hide during the religion wars, and a heavy history of coal and mineral mining.