New Meetup: Event in the works! Wines of Provence with Jacqueline Chambliss

From: Katherine M.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:59 AM

Announcing a new Meetup for The Atlanta Wine Meetup!

What: Event in the works! Wines of Provence with Jacqueline Chambliss
When: Thursday, April 19,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Wine Xplorer
1402 B Dunwoody Village Parkway
Dunwoody, GA 30338










Provence has eight major wine regions with AOC designations. The Côtes de Provence is the largest followed by Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Other significant wine regions include Les Baux-de-Provence, Coteaux Varois en Provence, Coteaux de Pierrevert, Bandol, Cassis, Bellet and Palette.[4] Sub-appellations include the Fréjus, La Londe and Montagne Sainte-Victoire regions.[5] The Côtes du Luberon AOC in the nearby Vaucluse département is occasionally cited by some sources with Provence due to some similarities in wine style; the appellation is however officially part of the Rhône wine region[6] and its typicity more closely approaches that of its neighbour on its northern border, Côtes de Ventoux AOC, also a Rhône wine. The region has several vin de pays designations, with Bouches-du-Rhône, near Aix-en-Provence, being one of the most common designations seen abroad.[7]

The Bellet AOC is in southeastern Provence, near Nice has a significant Italian influence with its major white wine being made from the Italian wine grape Vermentino, known in France as Rolle. Other grape varieties include Chardonnay, Clairette Mayorquin, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Pignerol and Roussanne. Though the white wines receive more international attention, production in Bellet is about equal in white, red and rosé wine with most being consumed by tourists to the French Riviera.[4]

The Palette AOC is the smallest major wine area in Provence with most of the vineyards being owned by Château Simone. The region is situated on predominately calcareous limestone soil and produces wines that are similar in style to the southern Rhône region. The main grapes of the region include Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvedre and Ugni blanc.[4]

The Coteaux de Pierrevert AOC is a minor wine area located around the village of Pierrevert in the northeastern section of Provence. Its red, white and rosé wines are mainly made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut, Clairette and Rolle.[7] The climate here is cooler than in other areas of Provence and the wines are thus lighter in body than those of other areas of the region.[8]


We will be tasting:

Jacques Pelvas Sparkling Provence NV Rose

2008 Domaine Sorin Cotes du Provence

Domaine Sorin Bandol

2010 Domaine Sorin Du Var VDP

2010 Domaine Sorin Bandol Rose

2010 Domaine Sorin Terra Amata, CDP


Cocktail Reception 7pm to 7:30pm.  The event will run from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Advance payment: $25.00 per person, through Paypal to [address removed] or at this link:

$30.00 at the door.


About Jacqueline Chambliss:

French Wine Scholar (FWS), Advanced level (WSET) educated and trained, and wine educator at Alliance Francaise d' Atlanta. Jacqueline Chambliss is a wine educator, and fine wine columist. Her mission is to educate consumers and the trade about wine regions and the wines that come from them. Through her consulting company The European Wine Table,, she provides wine seminars for businesses, along with wine list consultation and wine buying services for restaurants and retail wine shops. Through her wine blog,,she shows that "living the wine life" is about great food and wine, shared with family and friends.

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