Wine: Sacred stones of the Rhone

We have the Avignon papacy to thank for the great wines that flow from the southern Rhone, writes Tomas Clancy.

10th November, 2013
Left: Harvesting the grapes at Gigondas in the southern Rhone

Standing in the blazing sun at the entrance to the Roman Amphitheatre in the small city of Orange in the southern Rhone, I prodded my phone. I wanted to double check that the tricolour was indeed - officially and legally - green, white and orange.

My French companion had thought the flag's colours were green, white and gold. Eventually the net coughed up a copy of the Constitution, where in Article 7 we can find:...

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