Posts Tagged ‘champagne’

The Best Champagne for New Years Eve

Just in time for New Year’s Eve, we visited the Champagne region for several days this past week, en famille. It was a nice chance…

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French Wines: Françoise Bedel Entre Ciel et Terre Brut Champagne

What French wines best describe you? For me, it’s champagne. It’s not that I have such a sparkling, bubbly personality; rather, I’m always ready to celebrate any occasion but typically disappear before the […]

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French Recipes: Salmon Mousse

You can always find a generous selection of seafood in Paris. Most larger marchés will have a range of fish from which to choose, and grocery stores also stock everything from white fish to shrimp, scallops and […]

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Shopping in Paris Two Ways

Whether you’re about to take a romantic vacation with your lover or spend a weekend curled up on the couch with a glass of your favorite wine, we have the top ways to incorporate the best parts of the gg2p […]

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Paris Restaurants: Christmas Meals

Christmas in Paris is a spectacular time to truly see the City of Light shine. While beautiful white lights line the streets and frame the store windows, many Paris restaurants close on and around the major […]

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Champagne Adds Sparkle to French Culture

Champagne tends to be in a class of its own. So it’s good to remember that it is first and foremost a French wine. And French wine is synonymous with French culture. In fact, many of the younger generation in […]

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French Wines: Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV

Are any French wines as revered worldwide as champagne? Bordeaux and Burgundy may have their fanatical collectors, but it’s the bubbly that gets popped at weddings and New Year’s celebrations, douses […]

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Paris bars: Hervé Rousseau, the owner of Flûte

Paris Bars: An Interview with Hervé Rousseau, the Owner of Flûte

What girl doesn’t love champagne? I think we can all agree that a glass of bubbly is both sexy and delicious. I had a chat with Hervé Rousseau, the owner of Flûte, a lovely champagne bar in Paris (with two locations in New York), where I got some insider info on champagne. Hervé told me his favorite Paris bars, his favorite champagne and sparkling wine picks (surprise: one is from Long Island!), and most important, his secret to making the perfect champagne cocktail.

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’Tis the Season to Drink Champagne in Paris

The sound of popping champagne corks is synonymous with the Paris holiday season, throughout which bubbles are enjoyed among family and friends during apéros and evening meals. Paris bars are a perfect place to indulge and order une coupe de champagne to celebrate the festivities in the City of Light.

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Sexy Hotel Rooms in Paris

A spontaneous weekend in a hotel room in Paris makes for the perfect romantic holiday. If you are looking to reinvigorate your relationship, rekindle a lost romance or fan the flames of a newly burning one, the City of Light is, and has been for years, one of the most romantic destinations in the world.

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A picture of Marily Monroe from Tilar Mazzeo's book on Chanel No. 5.

On Champagne, Chanel No. 5 and Paris Luxury

Author Tilar Mazzeo is a connoisseur of Paris luxury who has written best sellers about two of her favorites: champagne (The Widow Clicquot) and perfume (The Secret of Chanel No. 5). Currently, she is writing a wartime history of the Ritz to be called The Ritz at War: Luxury in Occupied Paris. She confesses that all her work results from an addiction to “the business of beautiful things.”

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Champagne: A Girl’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Flute

If you love champagne but don’t give it much of a thought, except for responding with an enthusiastic yes anytime you’re offered a glass, then good news—it gets even better. For the casual imbiber, champagne is more like fashion than wine: almost everyone buys bubbly by the brand name, looking for the familiar orange label of Veuve Clicquot, the Moët star or the white orchids of Perrier-Jouët.

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Broiled Oysters with Sabayon Glaze

It wouldn’t be the holidays in Paris without oysters. When the temperatures start to drop, oyster stands start popping up all over the city, in front of brasseries, wine bars and grocery stores. It’s easy to pick up a dozen fresh French oysters, crack them open and simply enjoy their briny nuances with a glass of white wine, but the holidays call for something a little more special, I think. Something champagne worthy.

Enter the sabayon. This classic French sauce, similar to Italian zabaglione, is most often seen as a sweet concoction, but its frothy opulence works just as well in savory applications. Here, it’s used to glaze the oysters, protecting them from overcooking under the heat of the broiler, and adding an ethereal counterpoint to the meaty morsel underneath. Minced shallots and cracked black pepper add depth […]

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Ayala Brut Majeur

Ayala Brut Majeur

A fine champagne is the most festive and exalted of all French wines. Just open a bottle and friends will inevitably ask: “What are we celebrating?” The association of champagne with grand festivities […]

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