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Culinary Getaways a la Provencal

by David on September 4, 2006

Since wine and food are inseparable (or should be) it’s an incredible delight to be invited on a Culinary Getaway with Sherry Page! Sherry is the exceptionally gracious hostess-with-the-mostest for folks who want an inside look at the food, wine and culture of places like the Napa Valley, Sausalito, Paris and Provence.

If you know our website at all, you know that we love to eat around here and that Colleen Topper, our proprietor, is our tireless in-house chef. She’s got over 100 recipes paired with wine at “Colleen’s Kitchen” for you to choose from on our website. She and David Topper (my boss) have been friends with Sherry for years, and I’ve gotten to know her by interviewing her on topics like cooking, gardening, why to buy organic and so forth for our podcasts on Napa Valley Wine Radio.

Anyway, through Sherry’s remarkable generosity, and that of my very-indulgent boss, Colleen and I will be immersed in the wonderful world of wine and food in Provence this October. You’ve heard the phrase travel is broadening, and if you look at our itinerary, that may prove to be literal and I’m leaving my scale at home! Cooking classes, winery visits and lavish lunches in Chateau Neuf du Pape, mushroom hunts, lovely dinners at the farmhouse we’ll call home for the week… What a way to make a living.

I already know that I love the wines of the area and now have the anticipation of enjoying the regional cuisine along with those bright rosés, fragrant whites and deep, spicy reds. My part of the bargain and Colleen’s is to report back to you via blogs, podcasts, and photographs.

It’s not quite a month before we go, so please write back with your own not-to-be-missed Provencal things to do, eat and drink! Cheers!

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