Ready To Elevate Your Beaujolais Game? Go Beyond Nouveau! #Winophiles

Every year, on the third Thursday in November, the world’s fastest wine, from picking to bottling, hits the world-wide market with tsunami of marketing hype. That wine is Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France with fireworks, music and festivals.  And it’s not just France.  It’s  worldwide phenomenon.  In fact in Japan, which imports nearly…

2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” #Winophiles

This month, the French Winophiles are making a virtual trip to the Languedoc-Roussillion region of France (which is now part of a newly formed region called the “Occitanie” – more on that later).  I’ve chosen a wine from Minervois La Livinière appellation – the 2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” and pairing it with vegan…

Champagne Chronicles Redux; A Week In Champagne, A Lifetime Of Memories #Winophiles

Dreams do come true. When I first got into the “wine thing”, as I call it, I dived head first into the pool of knowledge.  One of my resources was Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible, and one of my favorite chapters in that vinous tome is “Champagne“.   Inspired by what I read about  Champagne in the…

My Favorite Under $20 Pét-Nat; Patrice Colin “Les Perles Gris” #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are exploring affordable ($20 or less) French wines. I must confess that when it comes to affordable wines, Spain and Chile are top of mind for me.   France is not; with two exceptions – the Loire Valley and Beaujolais.  For this month, I turn to the Loire Valley for…

Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Arrufiac? Oh My! #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are making a virtual trip to France’s Hidden Corner, the South-West (or ‘Sud-Ouest’ as the French call it) wine region!  Actually, we’re revisiting the region.  When we first visited a couple of years ago, I discovered the Perfect Wine For Liver And Onions! It was from the mostly overlooked Marcillac AOP, and…

Back To Back White Burgundy; Chablis vs Côte de Beaune #Winophiles

This month (and next!) the French Winophiles will be taking a virtual tour of Burgundy, the birthplace of two of the world’s most revered grapes – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!  For May , I’m focusing on Chablis and Côte de Beaune .  I’ve chosen to focus on white Burgundy, which for the uninitiated are wines crafted…

Under $30 Vintage Champagne? Oui! #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are exploring the Champagne region of France.  I’ll be tasting and pairing an under $30 Vintage Champagne! The French #Winophiles are a group of wine writers and bloggers that love French wine. Each month we focus on an area or aspect of French wine. Topics include regions, routes, food, travel, history,…

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,…