In a region where 89.5 percent of the wine production is rosé, whites have a very small voice. Provence, that glorious stretch in the south of France where sunflowers seem to smile and fields of lavender waft their perfume across the countryside, is the only French wine region where rosé dominates. But hidden behind this sea of rosés are lovely, virtually unknown whites. While they account for only 3.5 percent of Provence’s output (the remaining 7 percent is red), they are nature’s perfection for summer sipping.
One attractive example is Domaine Houchart 2013 ($15), a blend of 75 percent Clairette and 25 percent Rolle (France’s name for Italy’s Vermentino grape). Its color is pale, just barely tinted, so its fresh, forward aroma may be a surprise — a mix of flowers and summer fruits with a hint of citrus and a touch of honey. Its texture is silky, and an aftertaste reminds one of Provence itself.
Château Pas du Cerf 2013 also pale-shaded, combines Rolle and Sémillon to produce a tasty wine, vigorous and minerally and steely, young and snappy. It sells for $15.
Château La Mascaronne 2012 produces Vita Bella, a blend of Rolle and Ugni Blanc, also pale in color. Its fruity aroma and round-textured body combine with a quiet acidity and medium finish. Expect to pay $20 to $25.
Première de Figuière 2013 is the product of the winery Saint André de Figuière. The most expensive of these whites at $32, it is a blend of Rolle and Sémillon. The wine’s brighter yellow color combines with an aromatic mixture of herbs and earth on the nose. The body is smooth, the finish medium-long.
Château La Tour de L’Évêque labels its 2013 white wine Blanc de Blancs, a white wine from a blend of Rolle and Sémillon. Less forward in its flavors than the other Provence whites I tasted, its appeal is soft and inviting with quiet charm; it is priced at $25.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is opening its acclaimed doors Oct. 22 to celebrate its fifth and most exciting season. The resort will introduce new programming including culinary, fitness and music.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
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Though the Chicago area has been my home for decades, the view from the Water Tower Suite on the 26th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago made me gasp. I had admired Chicago’s dramatic skyline many times, but never from this angle. Through expansive windows, the skyscrapers of 900 N. Michigan Ave. and the John Hancock Center, now named 875 North Michigan Avenue, rose to my right. Far below, the landmark Chicago Water Tower nestled in a ring of trees. One of the few survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, a turning point in the city’s history being remembered on its 150th anniversary in 2021, the Gothic Revival relic resembled a fairy-tale castle in a children’s playset.
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President Biden signed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate a September 11th National Memorial Trail. The trail route will link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York; the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia; and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
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Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
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