Chateau Canevault Fronsac

Is there a Marrow Doctor in the House? Bordeaux #Winophiles

Doomed Preparing for our November French #Winophiles blogging group journey into all things Bordeaux, I was excited to feature both an entrée (1st course) and a plat (2nd course, usually main course). I featured a Bordeaux Blanc with mussels for the entrée, and the plan was to follow with a pan seared steak, aka entrecôte … Continue reading

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Happy Carménère Day!

November 23rd is #CarmenereDay Carménère – The Lost Grape Ever hear of Carménère? It’s a bit like one of those “Switched at Birth” mysteries with a happy ending.  Carménère was originally one of 6 allowed blending grapes for use in Bordeaux red wines, but it was particularly hard hit during the 1800’s Phylloxera epidemic in … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Entrée: Mouclade de Moules & Chateau Les Bertrands #winophiles

French #Winophiles Take on Bordeaux Our November meeting of the French #Winophiles sends us to the famous and highly regarded wine region of Bordeaux.  The Bordeaux wine region is defined by the banks of the Gironde with the two rivers feeding it, the Dordogne and the Garonne. In the far west of France, Bordeaux is … Continue reading

Thibault Morey shared 2015 barrel samples, 2014 tank samples and 2013 bottled versions of several of his wines.

You Can’t Take It With You, or Can You? Wine Check!

If you’re a wine lover traveling in a wine region anywhere in the world, you will undoubtedly want to bring home some treasures you acquired along the way.  Like me, you won’t be satisfied with just one or two bottles you can sneak into your luggage.  How can you bring home a bunch of wine, … Continue reading

The sheer number can be overwhelming

Get to Know the Vignerons Indépendants

Travel plans to France anytime soon?  Take a look at the Vignerons Indépendants. Pack this info away, maybe you can work a Salon into your schedule! The Vignerons Indépendants The Vignerons Indépendants are a trade group of small French winegrowers who banded together for mutual benefit and to encourage maintaining their independence.  As a consumer, … Continue reading

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They Sure Love Fontina in Valle d’Aosta! #ItalianFWT

Italian Food Wine & Travel Visits Valle d’Aosta Where in the world is Valle d’Aosta?  It’s a very small region tucked into the far northwestern corner of Italy, bordering both Switzerland and France.  As you might imagine, food and wine from Valle d’Aosta share characteristics with products from the mountain cultures of those two countries. … Continue reading

Just a little clos in Chassagne-Montrachet

Burgundy in November

A foggy November day in the Cotes de Beaune (click on any photo to view the slide show)

A perfect foil for that double rich cheesecake

Montefalco Sagrantino Passito & Cheesecake

Montefalco Sagrantino Passito – An Umbrian Dessert Wine The Sagrantino grape is native to the Umbria region in Italy, and it is only rarely seen anywhere else in the rest of the world.  It is at once intensely acidic and tannic, so it poses challenges for the winegrower and for the the wine drinker! Historically, … Continue reading

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La Buvette Paris

A Two Year Wait to Visit La Buvette September 2013, our first trip to Paris.  I did my homework and had found a number of natural wine bars worth a visit. One day, Julie was out with a friend and I had the afternoon free. I chose to walk (a long way) as I love … Continue reading

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Take a Look at Chilean Pinot Noir

Should You Give Chilean Pinot Noir a Try? I was approached recently by the Wines of Chile marketing agency with an offer to sample a couple of Chilean Pinot Noirs.  I have limited experience with Chilean wines and have had mixed results with the wines I have previously purchased.  I was intrigued to give the … Continue reading

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