Esoteric, eccentric and underrated: the Croatina grape variety

Croatina Grape Variety If you’re worried about the globalization and standardization of wine – head to Italy! This glorious nation has the widest variety of indigenous grape varieties, terroirs, and wine styles in Europe. This country does not stake its primary reputation on Bordeaux imitations and a surfeit of wines made from French varietals. Yes, […]

The Best of Bordeaux Cuisine : What to Eat & Drink in this French Wine Region

The great wines and crus classés chateaux of Bordeaux have made this French wine region famous worldwide. Between Médoc, Pauillac, Margaux, Pomerol, Saint-Émilion, and Sauternes, a treasure trove of fine wines are produced surrounding the Gironde Estuary, Dordogne, and Garonne rivers. The Roman Empire, Basque traders, British colonizers, and more recently, the Asian elite have […]

Breton Cuisine: A Treasure Trove of Seafood, Crêpes, Cider and More

Brittany is the ultimate travel destination for lovers of the great outdoors, the sea, and diverse cuisine. The historic French region lies on France’s west coast encompassing the peninsula above Nantes and the Loire Valley. The English Channel enfolds Brittany to the north, and the Bay of Biscay surrounds the region from the south. Historically, […]

Tuscany’s best kept secret: Canaiolo

Canaiolo Grape Variety In the rolling hills between Florence and Siena, there is a grape variety with ancient origins. It has been part of this timeless landscape for centuries, providing color, acidity, and verve to the wines of Chianti. It is a red grape with beautiful aromatics and a very distinct flavor profile that transmits […]

The Cuisine of Champagne-Ardenne & The Best Champagne Food Pairings

Champagne is one of France’s most remarkable regions boasting an illustrious past in the world of wine and French history alike. Synonymous with luxury and celebratory occasions, Champagne is produced by over 5,000 domaines throughout the region. While the great Champagne Houses with their centuries of history between them provide a direct link to the […]

The Refosco family reunion

Refosco Grape Varietals Refosco has spent over a century shrouded in anonymity. Cultivated in discrete corners of northeastern Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia, the name ‘Refosco’ is only occasionally mentioned on wine labels. It is the equivalent of a globe-trotting spy, always in the shadows and adept at not attracting widespread attention. Yet, if there were […]

The Diverse Cuisine of Languedoc-Roussillon from the Massif Central to the Mediterranean Sea

Languedoc-Roussillon is a region brimming with diversity in the southwestern corner of France. Situated along the sun-soaked Mediterranean, the Languedoc plain extends inland from the coast beginning north of Corbières. France’s Massif Central reaches into Languedoc’s department of Lozère and borders the departments of Gard, Hérualt, and Aude. Whereas the plain of Roussillon lies southwest […]

A Sicilian treasure: the Frappato grape variety

Frappato Grape Varietal Sicily represents the last frontier of Italian viticulture. When pioneers like Piero Antinori and the Marquis Mario della Rocchetta were busy reinventing Tuscany’s image and creating global icons, Sicily was mired in mediocrity and apathy. Encouraged by generous subsidies, the island’s winegrowers focused their energies on ripening vast quantities of grapes for […]

Lagrein grape variety finds its roots

Lagrein Grape Varietal Sommeliers often remark that certain wine styles and regions sell themselves. After all, most collectors are (self-certified) experts when it comes to the Cru Classé estates of Bordeaux and the Grand Crus of Burgundy. However, for some lucky brands, a marketing pitch is surplus to requirements – Le Montrachet and Latour will fly […]

The Best Rhône-Alpes Food, Cheeses & French Wines to Match

The Rhône-Alpes region of France provides an exceptional destination for a variety of travelers. During winter, skiers, snowboarders, and snow lovers flock to the east of the region dominated by the Alps. The Savoie department encompasses this Alpine zone and was formerly part of the historical Duchy of Savoy. Travelers searching for the arts, museums, […]

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