Advanced Wine Tasting Techniques to Help You Taste Like a Pro

Saturday, Jun 6th 2020
advanced wine tasting
Advanced Wine Tasting Techniques The French have two words for “tasting”: gouter, to taste; or déguster, which means to taste with the goal of identifying the characteristics of a product o judge its quality. In the world of wine, we favor the term déguster. La dégustation of wine ...

What is Cognac? Your Essential Quick Guide

Saturday, May 23rd 2020
what is Cognac?
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 ...

Easy French Wine Map You Need to Plan Your Dream Wine Tour

Wednesday, May 13th 2020
french wine map
French Wine Map, Map of French Wine Regions When planning your wine tour to France, it’s best to see where the French wine regions are situated on a French wine map! Then it’s best to gauge how far the French wine region is from Paris or Nice, or where you will arrive initially in ...

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

Thursday, Dec 12th 2019
natural wines
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 ...

New Years Eve Menus With Perfect Champagne Pairings

Tuesday, Dec 10th 2019
new years eve menus
New Years Eve Menus With Perfect Champagne Pairings So you have decided to host a festive New Years Eve champagne supper. You’ll want to choose from a few New Year’s Eve menus and make sure to pair the food thoughtfully. There are still many choices to make, depending upon your ...

Your Easy Guide to the Best French Fall Wines

Wednesday, Nov 13th 2019
French fall wines
Easy 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 ...

What Are The Best Thanksgiving Wines? We've Got Answers

Tuesday, Nov 12th 2019
Thanksgiving Wines
What Are The Best Thanksgiving Wines? The traditional Thanksgiving turkey is not an easy fit with wine. The upside of that dilemma is that there are no “right” Thanksgiving wines to serve. Turkey is not one of those meats that is automatically associated with any particular wine. ...

What Is the Best Rosé Wine to Drink Now? We've Got Answers

Thursday, Jun 20th 2019
rosé wine
What Is the Best Rosé Wine to Drink Now? It wasn’t long ago when rosé wine was something of a novelty, inexpensive and of marginable quality. You might enjoy a refreshing glass from time to time, but they were not considered to be serious wines. I recall a trip to Houston. At the time, the […]

Burgundy Grand Crus: The Answer is 33 - What is the Question?

Friday, Nov 9th 2018
Burgundy Grand Crus
Burgundy Grand Crus: The Answer is 33 – What is the Question? How many Grand Cru vineyards are there in Burgundy? The Burgundy Grand Crus answer is not as straightforward as you might think. This is France, after all, where complexity rules the day! Remington Norman MW (author of Grand ...

Burgundy Wines of the Cote de Beaune: Rare & Compelling

Saturday, Oct 27th 2018
Cote de Beaune
The Cote de Beaune: Rare Wines and a Treasured City The Cote de Beaune, the southern half of the storied Cote d’Or of Burgundy, swings in a southwesterly arc from Aloxe-Corton four miles north of Beaune, to Saintenay, some 16 miles away. The entire region could be covered in a few hours, but do ...

Vosne Romanee Wine: Tasting Notes From Our Expert

Tuesday, Sep 25th 2018
Vosne Romanee
Vosne Romanee Wine: Tasting Notes From Our Expert The wines of the Vosne Romanee region of Burgundy are rare, full-bodied and pricey.  The region lies between the picturesque Clos de Vougeot and the succulent Nuits St. Georges, many wine tasters’ favorite region in the Cote d’Or of Burgundy. To ...

Videos: France Travel To Help Plan Your Dream Wine Tour

Saturday, Jun 9th 2018
Videos On France Travel To Help Plan Your Dream Wine Tour In our popular Tuesday Tip in About a Minute video series we cover all things related to France travel, wine touring and beyond. Tips offered on the best time to take a wine tour to how to pack for the tour to what not […]

Armagnac Makes the Perfect Hostess Gift

Tuesday, May 8th 2018
Armagnac
The Perfect Guest Brings Armagnac! You have been invited to a pleasant dinner party. And since you know a thing or two about wines, you might please your host and hostess with a fine bottle of wine. Why not try something different? A well-chosen spirit, Armagnac or Cognac, will last longer, and ...

When is the Best Time to Open Your Special Wine?

Tuesday, Aug 29th 2017
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When is the Best Time to Open Your Special Wine? Many wine lovers have a good supply of wines that they enjoy drinking on a regular basis. One thinks of Chablis, for example, or Chateauneuf du Pape. Some fine Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Loire Valley, and some half bottles of Sauternes, give ...

What Makes the Best Food and Wine Pairings? An Essential Guide

Wednesday, Jun 28th 2017
wine pairings
What Makes the Best Food and Wine Pairings? An Essential Guide Pairing food and wine can be a challenge. It is almost a science: determining which food highlights which wine and vice versa or figuring how best to put together a three to five course menu. We take a little bit of the mystery out ...

Why Provence Rosé Wine and Goat Cheese is the Best Pairing

Saturday, Jun 10th 2017
Provence rosé wine
Provence Rosé Wine and Goat Cheese: A Match Made in Heaven Imagine the summer sun, a picnic with some Provence rosé wine and goat cheese, with fresh bread, tomatoes, olive oil and olives. This is the epitomy of the simplicity and the joie de vivre of Provence life. And it is even better if ...
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