Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 48
Oval Dutch oven in 'Provence'
Herbal essence: Outside
the village of Aurel.
Cross-back linen apron,
Lavender fields forever in the South of France.
Lavender-infused olive oil,
V I RT U O S O L I F E
A region beloved by everyone from Vincent van Gogh to Johnny Depp,
Provence lives up to the hype, with its vineyards and olive groves, Roman
ruins, and Riviera glam. Just as legendary as the scenery: the cuisine.
Ratatouille, bouillabaisse, tapenade, salade Niçoise - classic Provençal
dishes showcase the area's bounty. Make plans to dine your way through
Provence and book a room at Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence, a
73-year-old hideaway backdropped by the low-slung Alpilles mountain
range. The estate comprises a refined jumble of country homes and a
grand manor - 54 rooms in all. There's a two-Michelin-starred restaurant,
three swimming pools, a 70,000-bottle wine cellar, and more easy French
charm than should be legal. Doubles from $320, including breakfast
daily and one lunch for two.
(LAVENDER FIELD) JEFF VANUGA/GETTY IMAGES, (APRON) JAMES RANSOM/FOOD52
DEAN & DELUCA
French spice mini collection,