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Dining in Paris, Belle Époque Style

When you imagine dining in Paris, do you imagine tuxedoed waiters, wood paneling and mirrored walls? You’re probably thinking of Belle Epoque Paris, and not without good reason – the beginning of the 20th century in Paris was a period characterized by optimism, advancement and prosperity. This golden age in Paris’ history created ...

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French Fruit Brandy & Cordials

Fine dining doesn’t end at the dessert course. If Armagnac or Cognac is being served, your guests have a further treat in store. But have you tried festive French fruit brandy, another range of after dinner drinks, to savor with your coffee? Fruit brandy (often called eaux-de-vie) are colorless and full of flavor. They are […]

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Top 5 Paris Steak Frites

Finding the best Paris steak frites has become a minor obsession of ours. France is famous for refined cuisine, for sauces and pastries and dishes that require a specific fork. But the fact remains that some of the most beloved French dishes are the simplest: croque monsieur, oeuf mayo, steak-frites. The latter is exactly what […]

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Guide to French Fall Wines

Fall is a time when the grapes in France hang heavy on the vine, surrounded by leaves of ochre and crimson, anticipating the harvest. It is also the perfect time to enjoy some more full-bodied wines after the lighter wines of summer. Here are some recommended fall wines to be enjoyed on a crisp, breezy […]

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French Wine Explorers Offers a New Luxury Bordeaux Harvest Tour

(Press Release) St. Michaels, October 6, 21014 Luxury wine tour company French Wine Explorers has released the details of their newest small group tour for 2015, Bordeaux Harvest Tour. French Wine Explorers’ intimate and award-winning luxury wine vacations to France are renowned for their unique insider perspective into the finest ...

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6 Wine Apps For the Wine Lover

There are a variety of wine apps out there to assist wine lovers in their quest for the perfect vino. Do you want to learn more about the wine you drink? Perhaps understand how to match wine with the food you’re eating?  I’m not suggesting you become a wine snob, but having a little knowledge […]

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How and When to Decant Red Wine

Decant red wine either to aerate a young wine, or to get rid of unwanted sediment in a mature wine. The latter is the more elaborate procedure. It was at a professional wine tasting many years ago that I became aware of the art of wine decanting. A bottle of fine St. Julien wine from […]

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(Video) How To Read a French Wine Label

Have you ever looked at a French wine label and wondered what it all meant? In this video, we break down reading a French wine label into six easy steps. Readers often ask me how to read a French wine label and this can be complicated for the casual drinker; and it may leave you […]

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Farm to Table Paris & Beyond; 3 Chefs Serving Local Fare

With the fall harvest quickly approaching, the menus of top French restaurants are changing to reflect what’s popping up on market stands, at the massive Rungis market outside the capital, and even in certain chefs’ own gardens! Chefs in Paris and beyond are so committed to the freshness and quality of the produce they use that […]

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3 Must-Try Parisian Pastries

Paris truly is a foodie paradise, home to some of the world’s best chefs, best restaurants, best ingredients, and best desserts. While restaurant pastries are often quite exquisite, be sure that you make some time (and space!) to taste desserts from some of Paris’ best patisseries. While there are literally dozens you could try, if ...

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