What is a Full Bodied Wine From France?

Wednesday, Mar 20th 2024
what is a full bodied wine
When someone tells us they like full-bodied red wines, we first ask them what their idea of a full-bodied wine is.  This allows us to understand better what resonates with their preferences.  Then we can recommend areas in France to discover better what is a full-bodied wine! Winter wines, ...

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

Thursday, Nov 9th 2023
Burgundy Grand Crus
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! First, Remington Norman MW (author of Grand Cru: The Great Wines of Burgundy, 2011) and Sylvain Pitiot ...

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

Tuesday, May 23rd 2023
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Have you heard of a June event called “Rosé Wine Day”? In our Eastern Shore of Maryland region, there are two wine retailers. Both of them featured rosé wines in their weekend promotions, with tastings. And if you were tasting them for the first time, you were in for a surprise. Some of the ...

New Years Eve Menus With Perfect Champagne Pairings

Tuesday, Dec 27th 2022
New Years Eve Menus
Perfect Champagne Pairings For New Years Eve Menus So you have decided to host a festive New Years’ Eve champagne supper. First, choose from a few New Years Eve menus and make sure to pair the food thoughtfully. Then there are still many choices to make, depending on your preference for ...

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

Monday, Jun 27th 2022
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Have you ever wondered where the French wine regions are located, and how best to get there? First, 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 gauge how far the French wine region is from Paris, or where ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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. ...

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
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
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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 ...
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