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It is hot, black, bitter and smooth. A light caramel-colored foam rims the tiny white cup. A packet of sugar, a small biscuit and a little silver spoon sit alongside. My first café crème.

Nick O'Connell

Chile's Leyda Valley has been making wine for less that 20 years, but it is already famous for its quality.

Roger Morris

When dining out at home, I chose a menu that included Pho noodle soup rather than lemon condiment courgette. I wondered how I was going to learn the lingo to write about this food. I could at least draw on my skills as a landscape designer and garden writer to appreciate what lay on my plate from a visual perspective.

Nick O'Connell

On the fourth day, we worked on rough drafts of our stories. Jean-Loup Verdier, the co-owner of Hotel Evêché, invited me to sit at a table on the patio to write where the Provençal light provided illumination.

Nick O'Connell

The Lost Distillery Company is bringing dead Scotches back to life.

Roger Morris

Fine winemakers strive to craft a wine that captures the true essence of their unique terroir that cannot be replicated elsewhere. In the same vein, good writers strive to weave a unique story of interest to the reader, which by law, should be not replicated elsewhere. Could I succeed at combining both concepts?  Or was I more seduced by wine than by words?

Nick O'Connell

I woke up on that Tuesday morning in Vaison la Romaine keenly aware that today was going to be hair cut day.  My hair had exploded overnight. I went to bed looking like myself and woke up looking like Marge Simpson.

Nick O'Connell

What if they sell out of those Carpentras strawberries before I get there? Will I have enough time to explore the stalls of seasonal produce? Seek out the local delicacy of Nyon olives?

Nick O'Connell

Searching for the soul of Vincent Van Gogh in St. Remy de Provence.

Nick O'Connell