THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 377 THE WINE COLUMN By Paul Daykin, Q.C., and Bruno de Vita, Q.C.* SUNFLOWERS, LAVENDER AND ROSÉ: THE WINES OF PROVENCE Some years ago one of the authors spent part of a glorious summer in the Bouches-du-Rhône with his wife and daughter. They rented a little gîte on a farm surrounded by vineyards and fields of lavender near the charming town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Said author asked the proprietor, in awkward elementary-school French, about the grapes he was growing and the wine he would make. Looking over the slope below, with a sweeping gesture of his hand, he said, “Rosé. Tout rosé.” On their many return trips to France since then, the travellers have often pondered the idea of buying a vacation home there. “Perhaps a petit appartement in Paris?” they have mused. “Maybe a cottage in Burgundy? Or a farmhouse in Provence? We could enjoy part of the summer there and entertain our friends in our ‘leetle ouse in zee souse of frawns’.” For a variety of reasons they have never done it. It remains just a thought. But every now and then, with just a glass of Provençal rosé, they are transported back there in their minds—riding their bikes on the straight Roman roads shaded on both sides by giant plane trees, sunflowers in the field on one side of the road turning their faces toward the sun, lavender on the other buzzing with bees. During the second glass they are combing for antiques in the market of L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Well into the third, they are tramping around the limestone hills of Les Baux in the hot summer sun. And by the fourth they have totally lost their composure and have started to sing: * Paul Daykin, Q.C., is the unofficial leader of the family law boutique Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP, having achieved that role through attrition. Bruno De Vita, Q.C., has been repeatedly elected as the managing partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, a job which he cannot seem to shake. Paul and Bruno grew up together in Vancouver’s gritty east side, long before it was hip. There they attended their first wine appreciation class together, in the cantina in Bruno’s basement, at the age of 11.
May Advocate 2017
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