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trinquer + photos of winetasting

Harvesting grapes at Domaine Rouge-Bleu

Come Help Pick the Grapes!
Our friends Caroline and Thomas are looking for volunteers to help bring in this year's harvest over at their Domaine Rouge-Bleu. Are you free the last two weeks of September? Looking for a unique experience amidst the vines of Provence? Are you tough enough? (Can you lift a bucket of grapes and work all day, two weeks straight? :-)

=> For more information contact Caroline at  or use the contact form at the Domaine Rouge-Bleu website

Today's Word: TRINQUER

: to clink glasses, to toast

Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc Download MP3 or Wav file

Trinquer. Venez chez nous ce soir. On va trinquer à notre santé.
To toast. Come over to our place tonight. We're going to toast to our health.

Photos from our recent winetasting...

Baby vines at Mas Des Brun 

We sold Domaine Rouge-Bleu to Caroline and Thomas in 2012. Since, Jean-Marc and I have been building another vineyard and starting a permaculture garden behind our farmhouse, or mas. Little by little we are getting our grounding here in "appellation Bandol."

Recently, we organized our first public wine tasting here at "Mas des Brun" and guests have been sending in photos ever since. What a pleasure it is to see our vineyard through another's eyes! Thank you, Dorothy and Steve Pancoast, for today's images which help us to see beyond the daily task list. Looks like those chores have added up and this place is looking snappy!

Mixed in with this group of pictures are a few snapshots from readers Nick and Jill. And, recently, Anita and Meiling, who met each other at the tasting, sent in some extraordiary shots! I hope to show you those photos at the next chance. If I forget, please bug me about it and I'll get on it dar dar!

Click here to see the photo album with some of the pictures from our first winetasting at Mas des Brun.


Photos in this post by Dorothy and Steve Pancoast. Click here to see the entire album.

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First-French-Essais-book-coverHer book (and her blog which is also written in English) take us to some of her interesting adventures in a foreign country and sometimes through trials and tribulations in living in France while trying to adapt to a new language and a new culture while raising two kids. Through Kristin's stories, we also meet some of her neighbors and colorful locals. What I didn't expect was the many beautiful photos throughout this book that the author has taken and they're all in color!"

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