À Table! is the French phrase for Come to the Table
À Table! is one of our major campaigns to raise awareness about PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus), a type of basal ganglia encephalitis triggered by strep and characterized by neuropsychiatric symptoms. Our hope is that you take this bottle of wine to the table (or other type of gathering) to share with friends and family. Coming to the table was our family tradition. It’s where we three – along with many of our friends and family – recounted our day’s activities, expressed our joys and our disappointments, solved problems, talked politics, and had many laughs.
The label depicts Alex walking through Lourmarin, the charming Provençal village that she so dearly loved and where she said she felt most herself.
Gérard Isirdi, local painter with an extensive international following, created the original gouache from which the label is made. Gérard’s iconic scenes of village life, especially as observed from Café Gaby, are revered around the world. Several of his paintings grace the walls of our home.
Château Barbebelle is one of the oldest estates in the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation. Evidence of farming dates back to Roman times and the château itself dates to the 16th century.
The winery has been owned by the same family for four generations. Madeleine Premmereur (née Herbeau), 30 years old, took the reins from her father five years ago and, today, works with her father and husband to produce a range of award-winning wines…
PANDAS is characterized by an acute onset of obsessions and compulsions and/or tics following a Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infection. Other symptoms may follow, including, for example: restricted eating, separation anxiety, general anxiety, sleep disorders, personality changes, severe mood swings, irritability, ADHD-type behaviors, dysgraphia, loss of math skills, urinary frequency and incontinence, explosive rage, extreme impulsivity…
Alex was in the prime of her life: a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University, prolific writer, voracious reader, artist, photographer, runner, and fashionista. She was already a successful financial analyst in New York City, and had recently moved to Washington, D.C. She had a great sense of humor and kindness in spades.
Alex received a formal diagnosis of PANDAS just a couple of weeks before she died (although she had diagnosed herself years earlier). She was set..