Posts Tagged ‘wine’

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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Reviving the Vineyards of Paris

Walled vineyards were common in Paris, from the medieval city to the French capital, in the 19th century. Most of the original ones […]

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Top Five Free Wine Tastings in Paris

A favorite Paris wine bar among locals, le Garde Robe is an outpost of wine tasting central le Vin en Tête, a wine store […]

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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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Paris Restaurants: Nebbiolo

The neighborhood east of Place de la Bastille has its share of good Paris restaurants, and a fair amount of them are clustered around the Marché d’Aligre, a rich source of fresh produce and fine bread, meat […]

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Calais, France – The Booze Cruise

Are you thinking of making a wine trip to Calais, France? Then, don’t let anything hold you…

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French Wines: 2011 Vignoble Réveille Climax Côtes du Roussillon

If ever a Wild West existed for French wines, it would be the Languedoc-Roussillon. Every French wine region has a set of standards to which it must adhere—the French do love their regulations, don’t they?

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Top Five Paris Wine Bars

Paris wine bars have been a neighborhood tradition since the 18th century when coach stops provided food and drink to exhausted riders while caring for their horses. That countryside was enveloped by the city […]

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Wine Tastings in Paris

Before you head to a Paris wine bar, you may want to learn a little something about French wines, and you would not be the only one. Paris is full of wine classes and tastings for visitors and locals alike. Because […]

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Chickpea crêpe with truffles at Beringer.

Finding France in the Napa Valley: French Truffles vs. American Truffles

On a gloriously sunny day on a recent weekend in the Napa Valley, standing among a group of people at the Robert Sinskey Vineyards, I watched a dog try to dig up a truffle. Apparently there were none to be found. We were told we had to wait at least another two years! Surprise—an American truffle festival with no American truffles?

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Touring the South of France: The Hills of Provence

Paris is a hop, skip and train ride away from many fabulous destinations within France for a day or weekend trip. The south of France has always been one of my favorites. It has an almost mythical quality, with […]

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French Wines: Bouchard Père et Fils Réserve Bourgogne Rouge 2011

The holidays are a time for food, family and, of course, French wines. Not surprisingly, during this season of giving I can often find myself a bit cash-strapped. For this month, I therefore wanted to choose a […]

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French Culture: A French Holiday at Home

There’s something about this singsongy season that adds a little sparkle to life. There’s also something that yields chaos and minimal sleep. There’s something about this singsongy season that adds a little […]

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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: Patrick Piuze Terroir de Chablis 2011


As we well know, the French are extremely proud of their culture and traditions, especially when it comes to French wines and cuisine and the French language. Did you know, for example, that a law […]

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