Burgundy Cheese and Pairings by Nikki Dickerson As the world’s second-largest wine producer, France is home to several prestigious wine regions. Yet, there is one region renowned above the rest. Burgundy produces some of the world’s most acclaimed wines, setting the international gold standard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Accordingly, this region also makes a […]
What type of wine is viognier? Of all the remarkable white grapes of France, Viognier [pronunciation: vee·on·nyei] enjoys the greatest anonymity. Tasted blind, you’d instantly recognize its signature scent and flavors of peach and apricots. Yet, the grape is rarely mentioned on labels or actively promoted as part of France’s glorious white wine culture. Enjoy […]
Beautiful, dynamic, exciting, and buzzy, Lyon is France’s third-largest city and home to some of the country’s best restaurants and famous chefs. Straddling the great Saône and Rhône rivers, Lyon’s power, and importance dates back to Ancient Roman times (when it was called Lugdunum) and has maintained some spectacular testaments to this imperial past, such […]
What is it that’s so special about white wines from Sancerre? If one change has dominated the last 40 years, it is undoubtedly shifting emphasis from place to grape. In Europe, the name of a wine, with few exceptions, was its place of origin. The New World saw things very differently; in Australia, New Zealand, […]
For any visitor touring the Champagne region, the sight is instantly recognizable; row upon row of bottles being stored horizontally in the ancient and majestic chalk cellars of Champagne. Hidden underground, the cellars’ depth ensures the perfect ambient temperature for storing Champagne cuvées destined for long aging – the most prestigious bottles can be stored […]
Which Champagne houses to visit? Champagne is perhaps the most famous and simultaneously misunderstood of all the great wine regions of France. These hallowed vineyards – found east of Paris – have been making wine since early Roman times. However, throughout the majority of Champagne’s history, nothing sparkled. By the early 16th century, still, wines […]
Is champagne better than sparkling wine? The sparkling wine world is infinitely more complex, diverse, and exciting than the Champenoise would like you to believe. Benefiting from an extraordinarily talented firmament of marketeers, Champagne has been sold as the definitive luxury sparkling wine: rarified, glamorous, and naturally, very expensive. Thus, many consumers assume that upmarket […]
Burgundy’s legendary blackcurrant liqueur Every gastronome, sybarite, and bon viveur owes Burgundy a monumental debt of gratitude. No other region has given so much in return for so little. No other French wine region takes the art of winemaking and gastronomy more seriously. From Dijon to Chagny, Burgundy is a food and drink paradise, not […]
What’s the difference between Burgundy and Bordeaux? In 2015, esteemed wine writers Jancis Robinson MW and Hugh Johnson hosted a landmark event in London: Bordeaux Vs. Burgundy. The debate was lively, robust, and enlightening, with strong arguments put forward underlining the relative merits of both regions. The Bordelais and Burgundy establishments have similar arguments on […]
The 1855 Bordeaux classification: the creation of an elite In 1855, the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce took an unprecedented step that would transform the Medoc region’s fortunes. After much debate and disagreement, it was decided that the area would benefit from a formalized classification. The impetus was the upcoming Paris Exhibition – the Bordeaux establishment […]
Top 10 French desserts paired with wine Is France Europe’s ultimate culinary Mecca, a land of superlative gastronomy that has no equal? The answer is not so clear-cut as the French would have us believe – in recent years, the best Italian and Spanish chefs have been winning countless awards and challenging the notion that […]
Once dismissed as a passing fad, today, there is no doubting the massive relevance of rose to the global wine category. There have been numerous articles, blogs, and opinion pieces dedicated to exploring rose’s rise to prominence, the celebrity factor, its newfound popularity with men, the transformation from summer tipple to year-round indulgence. Yet the […]
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