What are the Best Easter Wine Pairings?

Wednesday, Apr 12th 2017
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What are the Best Easter Wine Pairings? There are a range of options for Easter wine pairings-so where do you start? You have enjoyed Easter dinners featuring the classic lamb and Bordeaux wine combination. This year, why not enjoy an Easter or late spring dinner featuring Burgundy wines?  You ...

An Essential Guide to the Best Drinks in Paris

Friday, Mar 10th 2017
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An Essential Guide to the Best Drinks in Paris So often when we travel we try to find the off-the-beaten-path spots.  We want to find where the locals go so we can truly taste–and drink–the flavor of the locale we are visiting. Over the past few years, we have explored Paris to find ...

What are the Best Wine and Comfort Food Pairings?

Saturday, Feb 11th 2017
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The Best French Wine and Comfort Food Pairings With Menus Most of us have favorite recipes we gravitate to during the chilly months of winter. Here are three examples of recipes for wine and comfort food pairings for cold weather dining. Remember, just because the dinner is modest, doesn’t mean ...

New Year's Brunch Pairings: The Best Food & Wine Menu

Thursday, Dec 15th 2016
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Note: This article on New Year’s Brunch pairings is the 100th blog post written by our Wine Editor, William Shepard. William Shepard has lived extensively in France and speaks French fluently. He taught at the Lycée Jean Giraudoux, Châteauroux (Indre-where Pierre Bernasse is from!) in his ...

(Video) How to Buy French Wine Online and Purchase Like a Pro

Tuesday, Sep 13th 2016
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Five Insider Tips on How to Buy French Wine Online In this video we offer our top tips for how to buy French wine online. This blog post is sponsored by our partner friends at Millesima USA in New York–one of the largest and most reputable online wine retailers. Visit them at ...

Buying a Vineyard in Provence: Turning Dreams to True Bliss

Sunday, Jun 26th 2016
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Buying a Vineyard in Provence: Outsiders Turning Their Dreams into Reality How many of us dream of buying a vineyard in Provence? Do you dream of olive groves and vines, a grand chateau, and bottles of your own Provence wine and olive oil? Many outsiders—art dealers, industrialists, law ...

Pouilly-Fumé: Affordable White Wines to Try Now

Saturday, May 14th 2016
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Pouilly-Fumé White Wines (Not to Confuse With Pouilly-Fuissé)! Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé may sound similar, but they are not! Last month’s excursion was to the land of Muscadet wine, where the Loire meets the Atlantic Ocean. Let’s continue the wine tour at the Upper Loire, where ...

(Video) Top 3 Best Paris Cocktail Bars to Try

Tuesday, Apr 19th 2016
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Top 3 Best Paris Cocktail Bars In this Tuesday Tip in About a Minute we give you our top picks for the best Paris cocktail bars. Video Transcript Hi, this is Pascale Bernasse with French Wine Explorers and this is your Tuesday Tip in About a Minute. Parisians are embracing a new trend which is ...

Muscadet Wine: a Great Value to Pair With Seafood Now

Friday, Mar 18th 2016
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Muscadet wine and history blend in the Northern Loire Valley of France. This is a favored wine for seafood and the finest wine for oysters. This wine is produced throughout the region, where the Loire River meets the sea. Yet it is worth remembering that the grape of Muscadet, the Melon de ...

Chinon & Bourgueil: Wines to Cellar, Savor & Crave Now

Friday, Feb 19th 2016
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Chinon & Bourgueil: Wines to Cellar, Savor & Crave Now When you are in the beautiful Loire Valley, you are never far from history. That is certainly true in the Central Loire town of Chinon. The Castle of Chinon traces at least to the eleventh century, and is cited throughout the ...

Sancerre Reds: Sumptuous Wines from the Loire Valley

Saturday, Jan 30th 2016
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Sancerre Reds from the Loire Valley It turns out that writing this column is good for my health! At this wintry moment, as I recall how I would much rather be in the Loire Valley–more specifically Sancerre–one of the most beautiful areas on earth, a blizzard has hammered the East ...

French Champagne: How to Make Your Party Pop!

Tuesday, Dec 29th 2015
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French Champagne: How to Make Your Party Pop! We all associate French champagne with pleasant occasions. I’d like to highlight five champagnes from three different French champagne producers, each of high quality, for your tasting enjoyment. And let me say thanks to the French champagne makers, ...

Mulled Wine: The Perfect Recipe

Wednesday, Dec 9th 2015
Why not make this the year to have a Christmas holiday reception? To make sure that you, the host or hostess, get to meet your guests and enjoy time with them, instead of cocktails, serve a warm Mulled Wine Wassail Punch that everyone will enjoy. As an added bonus, you will have time to enjoy ...

Graves Region: White Wines to Buy Now

Saturday, Oct 31st 2015
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Graves Region: What to Buy Now Bordeaux white wines are nearly always a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, unlike the Chardonnay grapes which are used exclusively for the white wines of Burgundy. This blend encourages the winemaker’s art, with Sauvignon Blanc (with its high sugar ...

Paris Wine Tasting: 3 Great Classes to Take

Thursday, Oct 15th 2015
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Paris Wine Tasting: Our Top 3 Classes to Take There’s perhaps no place better to learn about the intricacies of wine than France. And while Paris is not a well known producer of wine, it’s definitely home to some of the most zealous tasters. If you want to learn the ins and outs of Paris […]

French Cheese: The Secrets of Fromage

Tuesday, Aug 25th 2015
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French cheese is one of that country’s best known and loved exports, and with over 350 AOC cheeses to choose from, it can take some time to get to know them! But French cheese really isn’t all that mysterious. Here’s our guide to uncovering the secrets of fromage. Types of Cheese The first ...