From the July 2018 Newsletter:

BAV 20th Anniversary Celebration and Vendange Lunch

On Saturday September 8th you are invited to join your fellow members and guests at our annual Vendange Lunch, celebrating the wine harvest and, this year, our 20th anniversary. The venue will be the stunning Château St Croix on the Route du Thoronet, Carcès, which is midway between Carcès and Le Thoronet.

The lunch itself will start at 12.00, although there will be a degustation available from 11.00 onwards. Menu - €30 members, €32 non members

Salade Perigourde
Supreme de Pintade avec Sauce Champignons des bois
Ecrasé de Pommes de Terre A l'huile de Truffes
Fromage ou Gateau aux trois Chocolats
All accompanied by the vineyard’s own wine

Please note, whilst there is no choice of starter and main course, if you have any dietary problems with the menu then please advise on your booking form. Also the Château St Croix is in the same road as the vineyard St Croix so please come to the correct one - it is NOT the one just after you turn onto the Carcès road if coming from Le Thoronet.

Beware of ticks

As tick season heads into full swing in France, officials are warning the public to be on the alert for the tiny pests, whose bite can cause Lyme disease and other illnesses. The “Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire” issued a call for vigilance, with ticks at their most prevalent from June until October.

Symptoms of Lyme disease include joint or muscle pain, facial paralysis, tiredness and even heart problems - and can appear several months after the tick bite itself.

  • It offers the following advice:
  • Wear skin-covering clothes and closed shoes when walking to avoid being bitten
  • Use a mosquito or insect repellent on uncovered skin (but watch out for any that could be dangerous to pregnant women or young children)
  • Check your clothes and body, and those of your children, especially in areas of skin creases or reduced visibility, such as knees, elbows, genital area, and head hair
  • Pharmacies sell an instrument for safely picking ticks off clothes and skin (known in French as a tire-tics), and you should only use that (or tweezers, if you must, but never your bare hands or fingers) to remove any you see. Using the tire-tic, pull the insect firmly but gently away from the skin, so as not to break open the insect’s head near to your body
  • If you think you may have been bitten, or do get bitten, consult a doctor
  • Tick bites often leave a distinctive, red circular mark from 3 to 15cm wide, around the bite anywhere from two days to one month afterwards, but in some cases this does not appear
  • Remember to tell your doctor about your walk in the forest should any symptoms appear in the next few months. A doctor will be able to prescribe antibiotics should Lyme disease be suspected.