Tag: French Wine
Wine Searcher Article: New Burgundy Level Adds to the Chaos
As Burgundy prices continue to rise, the Bureau Interprofessional des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) continues seeking ways to delineate terroir-driven quality wines at more affordable price points.
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.
How Château Pédesclaux Successfully Marries Tradition with Modernity in Bordeaux
Bordeaux thrives on tradition. Why not? Bordeaux is the standard for global wine production. However, changing times require even Bordeaux embrace modernity. Restoring historic châteaux, implementing new winemaking techniques, migrating to organic and biodynamic farming, are among the necessary advancements happening in Bordeaux. Château Pédesclaux, 1855 5ème Grand Cru Classé de Pauillac, embraces these changes…
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…
A VINTAGE SUCCESS STORY (TO EVERYONE’S SURPRISE)
Throughout my global wine travels, the winegrowers I meet offer a unified message: Climate, as expressed through weather, is changing, and chaotic weather patterns are making vintages more difficult and unpredictable.
#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.
Welcome Spring with Wines from the South of France (with a twist)
Spring is here! Some have experienced a slow defrost over the past few weeks and are already experiencing the awakening of plants and trees. Others are still buried under piles of snow. Regardless of the weather, the calendar says today is the spring equinox. Prepare to pack away your parka because sunny days and warmer…
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.…
Crusing the Rhône River, Sipping Cru Wine
Wouldn’t it be great to take a river boat cruise down the Rhône River? There are many quaint towns with world-class restaurants and festivals happening throughout the year. Best of all, great views of the vineyards and changing topography from northern to southern Rhône. I have written many articles about Rhône Valley wines. I have…
To Oak or Not to Oak; Exploring the Wonders of Chablis
I have a confession to make. I am not a huge fan of Chardonnay. That is not to say I don’t like it. I am just incredibly finicky about how I like it. I drink it and enjoy different expressions of it with different foods; however, rarely will I pour myself a glass to simply…