Wine + Spirits

  • Wine Tasting in Provence

    By Madeleine Vedel

    For many years now I have been bringing guests to visit the wineries of Provence and Languedoc. These visits brought me and my guests into direct contact with the local wines and winemakers and profoundly enhanced the cooking classes I ran with my former husband. When preparing and enjoying the great dishes of this region, what better than to pair them with the wines made but an hour away?

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 July 2011 )
  • Organic Wines in Provence

    By Madeleine Vedel

    Would you want to enjoy a picnic amidst plants sprayed with pesticides and weed killer? And yet many of us do when we place our blanket beside those nicely tended vineyards. Thankfully many of my neighboring vintners feel similarly to myself and are working to change this.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 March 2011 )
  • Grape Expectations: Chateauneuf du Pape & Rhone Wines

    By Julie Mautner

    Visiting the famous wine villages of the Southern Rhone Valley—Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and others—can be a bit daunting if you don’t know the area, don’t know much about wine or don’t know which labels you love. Some tasting rooms are open to the public during normal hours; others require an appointment. And some vineyards offer no tasting at all. Where to begin and how to make the most of your time?

    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 August 2011 )
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape: The Pope’s House

    By Mo Sussman

    How many of you see a wine and in fact may order it but have no idea what it’s all about? It is like when you are a bachelor or bachelorette and you pass by the underwear you threw on the floor a day or two ago—you see it but it is just there waiting for something nice to happen. Well, say hello to my little friend, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It translates to “New Castle of the Pope”.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 January 2012 )
  • Champagne Charlie

    By Toma Haines

    Les Américains might still be teetotalers if it weren’t for Champagne Charles Heidsieck, who filled flutes to the brim across the Atlantic rim when he visited the Etats-Unis. The Age of Innocence didn’t know what hit them when the fun-loving francophone Charles Heidsieck swaggered onto the haute society scene with bottles of bubbly tucked under his arm.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 August 2011 )
  • The Bitch is Back: History of Veuve Cliquot Champagne

    By Mo Sussman

    A long time ago, a future BonjourParis wine writer asked about a curious sign posted at Mustards Grill in Napa Valley. He learned that “The Bitch is back" was a nod to Champagne by the good widow Clicquot. Read on as Mo Sussman shares the history of Veuve Cliquot Champagne.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 August 2011 )
  • Wine Class: the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification

    By Mo Sussman

    What do Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Haut-Brion and Château Mouton Rothschild have in common? Besides being monster French Reds they were classified First Growths in 1855 (with one exception) by a group of French oenophiles headed by then Emperor, Napoleon 111. I guess he was not a first growth himself. This rating became known as the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 August 2011 )
  • Pineau d'Aunis & Offbeat French Wines

    By Raelinn Schmitt

    Ever tasted a wine that has aromas and flavors of ink, tar and pine trees? This wild and crazy wine and the winemakers who produce it are anything but ordinary. Here's more about Pineau d'Aunis and other offbeat French wines you've probably never heard of before.


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 August 2011 )
  • American Bordeaux

    By Mo Sussman

    wine bottleAll we have to do is say Bordeaux and a vision of a rolling vineyard in a picturesque French countryside comes to mind. A picnic blanket spread out with cheese, salami and a wonderful French baguette just waiting to join that bottle of a 2000 vintage of a first growth...say Chateau Margaux.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 June 2010 )
  • Tasting German Rieslings

    By Bill Shepard

    Riesling winesA recent tasting of mostly Rieslings, hosted by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., was an excellent opportunity for wine lovers to expand their knowledge. Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages conducted the seminar. So many people registered for it that it had to be given twice.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 December 2010 )
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