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)
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)
The first week of December brought lots of excitement, including a spirited celebration of #CabFrancDay engineered and hosted by Lori Hoyt Budd of Dracaena Wines. For those of us who love the grape as well as those who are new to it, Cab Franc Day served as an interactive forum in which we all expanded our knowledge. We learned about new producers in classic regions; … Continue reading Super Fast, Super Good – Sausage and Potato Pan Roast with Dracaena Wines Cab Franc (and a few other match-ups!) #WinePW
It’s Cabernet Franc Day! December 4 has been designated International Cabernet Franc Day – a move sure to please lovers of the grape, which is often overshadowed by its more famous offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon. As one of the primary grapes of Bordeaux, Cab Franc shares top billing with Merlot in the soft, elegant wines of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, arguably the stars of Right Bank … Continue reading Cabernet Franc – Brilliant Soloist, Essential Ensemble Member (#CabFrancDay)
November 24th is International Carmenère Day! Are you familiar with the history of this grape, most closely identified these days with Chile? Well, it hails from the Médoc region of Bordeaux, for starters. But back in the late 1800s, when the phylloxera louse laid waste to the vineyards of France, many winemakers set sail for South America in an effort to rebuild their dreams of … Continue reading Carmenère: A Case of Mistaken Identity or “What’s Franc Got to Do with It?”
“Grenache is for me, the wild, wild woman of wine, the sex on wheels and devil take the hindmost, the don’t say I didn’t warn you.” – Oz Clarke I rather like Oz’s description of Grenache, the wine grape of many personalities. Having spent a bit of time in Spain, I myself have fallen prey to her charms: sometimes in the magenta-hued … Continue reading It’s International Grenache Day!
Whenever I want to dash off a blog post but am unsure what to write about, I pull out my copy of Drinking with the Saints: The Sinners’ Guide to a Holy Happy Hour. Whether the date calls for observance of a Pagan festival like Lammas Day or the celebration of a patron saint, it’s always good fun. Today I wanted to write, but wasn’t in … Continue reading It’s August 25th – Celebrate with Saints Louis and Genesius!