The scent of the trees and the wild herbs warmed by the sun--I could recognize Provence with my eyes closed. Following the Rhône River south toward the Mediterranean on my wine buying trips, I see vineyards, vineyards, to the left, to the right, sheltered from the mistral by rows of cypress trees. Home at last! This is the land of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, with their magical southern accent--spicy wines to go with spicy Malaucène lamb, Nyons olive oil and Mondragon black truffles.
Domaine du Terme Place du Village, Gigondas, 04-90-65-86-75. The town's mayor and his daughter make a fine classic Gigondas.