John & I have been living here, at Les Caulins, in the beautiful South of France since March 2016. Our little house is separate to the main building and was formerly a small stable used to house the horses that worked the vineyard.
The idea of spending a morning at a local market or sampling some wine at a nearby vineyard. followed by a afternoon by the pool and supper watching the sunset was a dream we could not resist.
The area is one of the best in France for our passions, food and wine. The quality of the produce: truffles, strawberries, plums prunes, melons, figs, pork, beef, duck, foie gras, the list goes on……… This combined with some of Frances best markets and the abundance and diversity of some of the best known and least known wine regions in France. Places to explore, new sights to see, a simpler life and the glorious weather were too much for us to ignore.
We have been in the catering and hospitality industry for 30 years. Emma since the age of 9 wanted to be a chef and John is nuts about wine. I began my cooking career at Midsummer House in Cambridge then spells in Italy, Switzerland, Barbados and London restaurants: Blanford Street, Sally Clarke, l’Oranger & Nicole Farhi. I am passionate about seasonal, fresh food with a gutsy approach to enhancing simple flavours.
Hubby, John, a former UK Sommelier of the year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world met Emma at Midsummer House before working at some of the Worlds best restaurants and hotels. Sandy Lane Barbados, In London: The Berkley, Browns Hotel, Nico’s, The Savoy, Scotts of Mayfair, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hambourg and Raffles Singapore. John is bonkers about wine with some 30 years experience in the industry. An enthusiast for the little wine producers and seeker of unknown gems.
Prior to acquiring Les Caulins in 2016 we ran our own successful restaurant in Buckinghamshire. Winning many awards including the 50 best destination restaurants in the UK, Wine pub of the year, British Cheeseboard of the year and Buckingham’s best restaurant for 8 years to name a few.
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