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Maison Pic

I mentioned that Maison Pic is well known not only as a luxury hotel, but also as a culinary destination. The three Michelin star-winning restaurant, Pic 1889, is one of the region’s best known restaurants, producing modern interpretations of many classic French dishes and creative flights of fancy that track the inspiration of Chef Anne-Sophie Pic.

The history of Maison Pic does indeed go back to 1889, when the property was established by the Pic family. Anne-Sophie is following in her father Jacques’s footsteps. Jacques and Andre Pic maintained Maison Pic as a Michelin three star restaurant from 1934 through 1994, an amazing feat!


285 avenue Victor Hugo, 26000 Valence – Drôme

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  • It may be more romantic to think of the originator of the syrah's popularity as the Rhone Valley, and while good wines come from there, the best of the varietal, ironically, comes from right here in California, the Santa Barbara County area around Santa Inez and Los Olivos. They REALLY know how to make the rhone style! Try some to be blown away, start with Beckmen.

    Feb 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

  • This is potentially very helpful indeed, and certainly stimulative of further research.
    There is also the Valrhona Chocolate factory to visit in Tain l'Hermitage ......
    Valence is on the very fast train track from Paris Gare de Lyon (to Lyon)
    Thanks Snooth

    Feb 21, 2012 at 4:51 AM

  • Snooth User: jmeluzio
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    Yves Cuilleron has a Napaeque style tasting room and his wines are terrific. I highly recommend Le Mangevins. We ate there last year and it was a better meal than either of the Michelin places we went to. In fact, I wrote a trip advisor on it. I would not recommend staying Tain though and agree Tournon would be better. Also, in Tain is the Vahlrona factory. What could be better than great wine and great chocolate.

    Feb 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thanks folks. Valrhona and Rhone wines. Could be an article there!

    Feb 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

  • Snooth User: maffe
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    If you go syrah-hunting in the south of France you must not miss the Languedoc region, and especially the beautiful Hérault district. Of course you have to search the Vins de Pays, as there are no syrah mono-varietal AOC's here. Check out the Domaine de la Baume, Domaine La Croix Belle or Domaine de Bellevue for example, all in the Côtes du Thongue appellation. Food friendly and extremely priceworthy stuff.
    The Languedoc was the most successful region in the Syrah du Monde 2011 competition, winning 5 out of the 7 gold medals awarded to France.

    Feb 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

  • Snooth User: alanol
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    If your NOT going to travel in search of syrah, you need look no further than the Sierra Foothills. There is an abundance of great Rhone producers in this lesser known wine country and Syrah is one the best varietals grown in this area - particularly in vineyards located within the American River watershed area. In my opinion Rhones grow here better than they do in the Rhone Valley. The weather is more consistently favorable, the fruit is more full bodied an expresses the unique characteristics of the Rhone varietals in a way that is more suitable for the "American" plate,- we like them better - more approachable, less astringency, a full dimensional experience (no barnyard nose, full front end fruit, comforting mid palate mouthfeel and lingering finishes without the wine "going south" at the last minute). Save the plane fare - hop in you car and experience Syrah as good as it gets right here at home. Good places to start are David Girard Vineyards, Skinner, Holly's Hill and C.G. DiAire. Give 'em try - you'll never look across the Atlantic for syrah again.

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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