Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lunch with Lulu

There were so many highlights on our January trip. But THE highlight was meeting and having lunch with Lulu at Domaine Tempier. This was our last view of her prior to our departure. You can see her vivacity.

We learned about Lulu Peyraud, and her late husband Lucien, through two books that remain tremendous influences: Kermit Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route and Richard Olney's Lulu's Provencal Table. Lucien was instrumental in the ascendence of the Bandol appellation and made Tempier into arguably the best winery in Bandol. I wish I could have met him.

Lulu is legendary for her food, generosity, and gracious hospitality. Meeting her was a dream realized. The reality far exceeded our expectations.


Mike Drapkin said...

I have always admired their wines. And very jealous you had the chance to meet La Grande Dame of Tempier....Kermit's enthusiasm for the magical vins of Tempier have been a real inspiration to many. Being a huge Kermit advocate myself, I really enjoyed stumbling on your blog.

Michael Yarmark said...

It was indeed a very special afternoon.

I hope you can make it to our Kermit Lynch Winemaker tasting on 3/24.