France: Provence

Bandol and Cassis

Marseille's local fine wines
By Liz Berry MW and Elizabeth Gabay MW

This Guide was last updated on 24 April 2011
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About the contributor

Liz Berry MW and Elizabeth Gabay MW

Liz Berry, Master of Wine, lives in Provence with her husband, Mike, and numerous cats, dogs, and chickens. Liz and Mike run a small specialist retail wine shop in Provence, Vins Fins de la Crau (website coming soon, in the meantime contact the shop here), which holds regular wine tastings, often with visiting producers from the region. Liz and Mike also have a small vineyard, and some olive groves, around the village of Fontvieille, and produce wine and olive oil, which is sold through the shop. Liz has had two books published - The Wines of Alsace, A buyer’s guide, published by The Bodley Head, London 1989 and The Wines of Languedoc Roussillon, the world’s largest vineyard, published by Ebury Press, 1992.
Liz Berry MW also writes the Aix-en-Provence micro-region guide and those of the southern Rhône Valley.

After a couple of years in publishing, the theatre and backpacking, Elizabeth Gabay early on discovered the joys of working in wine and graduated as a Master of Wine in 1998. Since the mid 1980s she has focused on the wines of South Eastern France and has been on hand to see the great strides made in the developing quality of the wines as well as the not so great strides in the urbanisation of many areas. Since moving to South East France in 2002 Elizabeth has concentrated on her children and on working on her first book on the history of the drink Punch, as well as writing articles on France and nearby northern Italy.
Elizabeth Gabay MW also writes the Inland and Coastal Provence micro-region guides.


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