Category: French Winophiles
Invitation to Join French #Winophiles Exploration of Rasteau
Long known for its Vin Doux Naturel wines in red and white, Rasteau, in southern Rhône Valley, was awarded Cru status for its dry red wines in 2010. The diverse soil gives the wines complexity and elegance. Lying within the Mistral corridor, Laurent Robert of Domaine Combre Juliere, describes the wines as “skeletons of the…
Lirac AOC Produces Your New Favorite Wines
Is it possible to be a wine producing region for over two-thousand years and yet remain largely unknown? Seemingly unlikely, yet the Lirac AOC in southern Rhône remains a best kept secret. Please allow myself and the French Winophiles to introduce you to your new favorite wine region – Lirac.
Celebrating the Provençal Lifestyle with Three Rosés
Provence is one of the few places I have visited that is exactly as I envisioned it to be. It has an ease about it – whimsical, but not flippant. The air is filled with faint notes of sea salt and lavender. The meals, manger à l’extérieur, linger under large chestnut trees. The wines embody…
Getting Dirty with Alsace Riesling
Visitng Alsace has been on my bucket list for years. I have researched and written many articles on the region and the wines. From a book perspective I know Alsace. However, I have never been to Alsace – until now. I returned last night from a wonderful week in Alsace.
#Winophiles Côtes de Bordeaux Preview
Each month a group of French wine lovers, known as #Winophiles, gather to explore a French wine region through its wine, food, and culture. This month we are highlighting Côtes de Bordeaux. Here is a brief preview of our Saturday Côtes de Bordeaux exploration.
#Winophiles Explore Côtes de Bordeaux in May
Each month a group of French wine lovers, known as #Winophiles, gather to explore a French wine region through its wine, food, and culture. In May the Winophiles are highlighting Côtes de Bordeaux. This is a brief preview of the region and how to join in the fun.
Maison M. Chapoutier: Expressing Terroir Through Biodynamics
“Anyone who creates wines must be generous and festive. Without such qualities the creative act is doomed, sterile and vain.” Michel Chapoutier I just returned from a remarkable week in Chile. The focus of the week was terroir: climate, weather, soil. In the Rhone Valley Michel Chapoutier is the benchmark for terroir driven wines. Embracing…
Celebrate La Saint-Valentin with French #Wine
Joyeuse Saint Valentin! In France, Valentine’s Day is for lovers. Like in the US, the French celebrate love with chocolate, roses, jewelry, etc. However, unlike in the US there is no exchange of cards among school children or friends; Valentine’s Day is reserved for lovers. I want Valentine’s Day to be for lovers in France.…
Spending January in Languedoc Drinking Wine & Eating Cassoulet
Last fall the French Winophiles explored France’s largest wine region, Languedoc-Roussillon. This region lies on the coast of the South of France along the Mediterranean Sea. It is home to a tapestry of soils, varied elevations, largely a Mediterranean climate with some Atlantic influence in the western region, and a wide array of wild scrub…