Buy Wine Online: 3 Tips to Help Avoid the Pitfalls

Saturday, Feb 20th 2021
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This video is an excerpt from our Facebook Lives FAQ Friday Series. Join the Live or see the replays here. Transcript: Hi, it’s Pascale Bernasse with French Wine Explorers and we help wine lovers become connoisseurs through our online classes and our wine tours to France. Today we want to ...

Easy French Cheese Board and Wine: Use the Rule of 3's

Wednesday, Feb 17th 2021
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Easy French Cheese Board and Wine From our Facebook Lives, find more here: Facebook Live: French Wine Explorers Transcript: Hi guys, it’s Pascale Bernasse with French Wine Explorers and we help wine lovers become connoisseurs and we do that through our wine tours and our classes.  This ...

Does Champagne Go Bad?

Tuesday, Feb 9th 2021
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FAQ Friday Video: Can Champagne Go Bad? This is a video from our FAQ Fridays we offer to answer common questions about French wine and travel. Click here to see our Facebook Lives and join in! Transcript: Does Champagne Go Bad? Hi guys,  it’s Pascale with French Wine Explorers and we ...

Video: Boeuf Bourguignon: 5 Easy Secrets to Transform Your Recipe

Thursday, Jan 7th 2021
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In this video, we interview our chef friend Adeline in Burgundy on 5 secrets to Boeuf Bourguignon magic. We talk about the following secrets to transforming any Boeuf Bourguignon recipe: What cut of meat is best for Boeuf Bourguignon How to marinate What is the best wine for Boeuf Bourguignon ...

New Online French Wine Course Offered by French Wine Explorers

Wednesday, Oct 7th 2020
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New Online French Wine Course Offered by French Wine Explorers French Wine Explorers has developed a reputation for crafting well-curated luxury wine tours to France. Now the boutique wine tour company is taking the love and knowledge of French wine regions to offer an online foundation course ...

Easy Crème de Cassis Cocktails

Tuesday, Jun 30th 2020
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Here is an easy Crème de Cassis cocktail, somewhat inspired by Casablanca: You’ve seen the movie often. It’s 1942, and “Casablanca” is playing. Humphrey Bogart is opening Ric’s Café for an evening’s entertainment. Ingrid Bergman has entered the room, on Paul Henreid’s arm. The café swarms with ...

Cognac vs Whiskey: 4 Differences To Help You Choose The Best

Thursday, Jun 11th 2020
Cognac vs Whiskey
When it comes to choosing a spirit to drink, the choices are plenty. Choosing the best one can be a daunting task thanks to the many options available. Today, the comparison between French Cognac vs whiskey (from the States) dominates a majority of late-night conversations. The fight between ...

Advanced Wine Tasting Techniques to Help You Taste Like a Pro

Saturday, Jun 6th 2020
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Advanced Wine Tasting Techniques In the Introduction to Wine Tasting, we looked at the basic steps involved in the dégustation of a wine. The French have two words for “tasting”: gouter, to taste; or déguster, which means to taste with the goal of identifying the characteristics of ...

Cognac vs Armagnac: Similarities, Differences, and How to Choose

Saturday, May 30th 2020
Cognac vs Armagnac
Cognac vs Armagnac: Similarities, Differences, and How to Choose Before we delve into the details, here is the main distinction between Cognac vs Armagnac: A main difference between Cognac vs Armagnac is Armagnac is distilled once, while Cognac is twice distilled. For Cognac lovers, that means ...

What is Cognac? Your Essential Quick Guide

Saturday, May 23rd 2020
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What is Cognac?  When someone asks you “What is cognac?”  What is the easiest way to differentiate Cognac from brandy or Armagnac, or another spirit? Here is your essential guide to Cognac. Cognac is a brandy, a spirit produced by distilling wine from grapes. Cognac comes from a ...

What Are the Best Tuscan Wine Pairings?

Tuesday, Apr 7th 2020
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What Are the Best Tuscan Wine Pairings with Food? Tuscan cuisine is based on “cucina povera,” a rural style based on seasonal and natural ingredients. Olive oil, unsalted bread, wild mushrooms, vegetables, and salt-cured or grilled meats form the base of this cuisine. So what Italian wines pair ...

Bordeaux Map of France: Getting There, What to Do

Saturday, Feb 22nd 2020
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A trip to Bordeaux has endless possibilities. You can enjoy tastings at famed estates, try regional dishes at local restaurants, and take in the rich history of some of France’s oldest towns. With all of these options, it can seem impossible to know where to begin! To make your ...

Valentines Day Wines for Your Special Someone

Monday, Feb 10th 2020
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It’s not too late for considering Valentines Day wines. What makes the wine “special,” though, is not just the wine itself. Also bear in mind the person with whom it is shared, and occasions you have enjoyed together. Those shared associations will be more meaningful than a pricey wine bought ...

Northern Rhone Wines That Will Make You Happy

Thursday, Jan 30th 2020
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Northern Rhone Wines That Will Make You Happy I’ve noted to students in my wine tasting courses, many wine regions have produced finer wines over recent years; thus, transforming what is available on the market. That particularly holds true in France. Quality conscious producers are making ...

Pascale Bernasse Celebrates 20 Years in the Travel Industry

Tuesday, Jan 21st 2020
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Pascale Bernasse Celebrates 20 Years in the Travel Industry Twenty years ago, Pascale Bernasse fulfilled a lifelong dream and began a career in the travel industry. Today, that dream remains a reality for her as the co-owner and President of French Wine Explorers.  Bernasse started working in ...

What Are Natural Wines? Why Should I Care About Them?

Thursday, Dec 12th 2019
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What Are Natural Wines? Why Should I Care About Them? The idea of “natural” wine originated in France in the 1960s. Winemakers in the Beaujolais region wanted to return to the production methods that their grandparents had used. They wanted to get away from the pesticide and chemical use that ...