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August 2007


WINE & SPIRITS

To Your Health

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And probably their most high-profile branch opened last November at the new Frank Gehry-designed Marqués de Riscal winery (and hotel) in Spain's Rioja wine region.

I am in good company, being a new Caudalie convert. French actresses Nathalie Baye and Isabelle Adjani (as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Roberts and Madonna) are reportedly all devotees. "At Les Sources de Caudalie, even when you choose the low-cal menus, you are allowed to drink a glass of wine per day," explained Alice. "The food is great—we have a Michelin-starred chef, Franck Salein—so it doesn't feel like punishment."

While slimming actresses may go with the minceur program, the majority of the guests follow the "Art de Vivre" regime, a spa program with a gluttonous twist: Meals include foie gras, entrecote bordelaise and bottles of fine Bordeaux. (They are in the process of also launching an "Art de Vigne" regime, which I assume will be like the "drinking man's diet" with wine.) Unlike those siren stars, on my visit I gleefully dug into a huge tranche of fresh foie gras, followed by a succulent portion of suckling pig. And of course I drank plenty of the "house wine," Château Smith Haute Lafitte. I was continuing my usual anti-aging regime—working from the inside out.

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