Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise

While not as famous as the red wines from the Côte d’Or, Pinot Noir produced in the village of Mercurey can provide outstanding value for the price. You won’t find any Grand Cru offerings here, but there are plenty of good bottles that will satisfy your craving for red Burgundy while leaving your wine budget intact. I was inspired to write this post as a … Continue reading Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise

A Feast for the Senses: Viognier and Indian Spices (#Winophiles)

There’s a reason French wines are held in such high esteem: for years they served as the benchmark against which all other wines were compared. After all, it was the infamous Judgment of Paris in which several American wines outshone their French counterparts that catapulted California wine onto the world stage. And, let’s face it: whichever wine first tempted us to explore the wonders of the … Continue reading A Feast for the Senses: Viognier and Indian Spices (#Winophiles)

Cross-Cultural Food Pairings for French Wine (#Winophiles)

The French #Winophiles are off and running this weekend, headed for destinations unknown. Yes, we will keep our focus on French wines, as usual. But this month we’ll scan the globe in search of delectable food pairings from other cultures. Are you ready to pack your bag and hit the road with us? Be sure to stash a few bottles of your favorite French wine … Continue reading Cross-Cultural Food Pairings for French Wine (#Winophiles)

French Wine Is the New Black – French #Winophiles

You know the saying: “<Insert Trendy Thing Here> is the new black.” Meaning that it’s hotter than hot, coveted by those in-the-know, and welcomed, perhaps even de rigueur in chic circles everywhere. Sounds a bit like French wine, n’est-ce pas? Have you ever seen a quality wine list without at least a few bottles from France? There’s a reason French wines are held in such … Continue reading French Wine Is the New Black – French #Winophiles

The Enduring Allure of Champagne (French #Winophiles)

Champagne.  Uttering the very word evokes a visceral response, one that sparks the neurons and magically transports us to another place and time.  Sure, there are other sparkling wines, and many of them are high-quality sippers at that.  Cava, Crémant, Franciacorta, Prosecco, Moscato – each of these prompts images of gaiety, happiness, and light.  But only Champagne (that word again!) instantly connotes celebration, conviviality, and … Continue reading The Enduring Allure of Champagne (French #Winophiles)

The Mysteries of Corsica (#Winophiles)

It’s Saturday and I’m taking off for the island of Corsica, or Corse, as it’s known in French.  Where better to chase away winter’s chill than this ruggedly beautiful chunk of land basking in the Mediterranean between Italy and France?  If you’re dreaming of warmer weather while the snow piles up outside, please join me and the other French Winophiles at 11 am eastern time, … Continue reading The Mysteries of Corsica (#Winophiles)