In the Le Républicain d’Uzès, Muriel Duny writes (original here):
Amy Lillard’s love story with France started a long time ago. “At school, one of my friends’ grandmother was French. She used to come and teach us a bit of French, with songs and number plays… That gave me the urge to learn the language.” So she picked up French and studied it all through her high school years, and even travelled to France at 17. “I loved the country. That reinforced my will to keep on with the language in college.” Later on she came back again, and landed a summer job at the Relais & Chateaux Vieux Castillon hotel in Castillon-du-Gard. “I enjoyed that stay very much.”
When Amy wasn’t sure which career to embrace, another friend who had married a winemaker from Burdundy invited her over. She discovered the business of winemaking in the mornings, and learned more with an oenology specialist in the afternoons. She also learned wine tasting techniques. Travelling back and forth between the United-States and France, she met Matthew Kling in San Francisco and married him.
In 2002, “just three days before the floodings,” they bought their house in Saint-Quentin-La-Poterie. “Although we were living in Paris at the same, we really wanted to move to Uzès. We discovered the area on a tourism trip – and when we found the house we didn’t hesitate for a second.” Amy and Matthew say they fel for the quality of life and of the food culture (“terroir”). “These were really important criteria for us – and in Uzège we’ve got it all.”