Patrick Bottex “La Cueille” Bugey Cerdon Rosé #Winophiles

The December theme for the French Winophiles is “French Fizz”.   Our group of writers and bloggers are  exploring sparkling wine from all over France.  When I saw the theme, I knew I wanted to try a new to me sparkling wine from France.  But what to try?  I’m a shameless Champagne whore.  And I’ve had…

An American In Saint-Émilion #Winophiles

This week the French Winophiles continues its virtual exploration of the Bordeaux Region with a visit to Saint-Émilion, which is located on the right bank of the Gironde estuary.  Merlot is the dominant grape in this prominent wine region, which also a UNESCO World Heritage site.  To truly understand wine, you must understand that ultimately,…

2015 Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre Rosé #Winophiles

The French Winophiles(#Winophiles) are doing a deep-dive into the Loire Valley region.  The Loire Valley is divided in to five distinct regions which are from West to East –  Pay Nantais , Anjou/Saumur, Touraine, and Centre- Loire.  We’ve previously explored Pay Nantais , Anjou/Saumur, and Touraine.  This month, we’re exploring the Centre (Upper)- Loire region.  I chose a Rose from…

A Taste of Montlouis Pétillant Originel #Winophiles

The French Winophiles(#Winophiles) are doing a deep-dive into the Loire Valley region.  The Loire Valley is divided in to five distinct regions – Pay Nantais , Anjou/Saumur, Touraine, and Centre- Loire.  We’ve previously explored Pay Nantais , Anjou/Saumur.  This month we’re exploring the Touraine region. I chose a wine from the Montlouis sub-region of Touraine.  Touraine is a wine…

Pays Nantais And Taste of Contemporary Muscadet #Winophiles

“Long dismissed as an innocuous companion to oysters, Muscadet is stepping out as a white wine serious enough to nip at the heels of white Burgundy“ – Jon Bonné This month the French #Winophiles continues its virtual tour of Frances with a visit to Pay Nantais. When I first saw Pay Nantais was our region, I…

Cross-Cultural Food and Alscace Wine Pairings with Trimbach Riesling

I can hardly believe it, but after giving it much thought, I came to realize that I’ve never had a still wine from Alsace!  I’ve always wanted to because when it comes to dry white wines made from Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris, Alsace has a reputation for being the preeminent wine region…

Two Decadent French Cheeses Paired with Burgundy Wines

Last month, to my surprise, I was offered the opportunity to obtain samples of two creamy cheeses from Fromagerie Guilloteau’s – Fromager d’Affinois with Truffles and Saint Angel.   The offer had me at truffles and triple-cream! My initial plan was to pair the cheeses with a post I was doing about hosting a Champagne Pairing Dinner….

A Taste of Burgundy #winophiles

Welcome to this month’s French Winophiles!  We’re group a food and wine bloggers pulled together by Christy of Adventures of a Culinary Diva.  We’re taking a virtual tour of France region by region and learning about French cuisine, wine and travel.  This month we’re exploring legendary Burgundy (a.k.a. Bourgogne)  About Burgundy Steeped in centuries of history, tradition, and mystique,…