Tasting the Beaujolais Pyramid at Dinner #Winophiles

A variety of Cru Beaujolais wines

French #Winophiles Take on Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau This is the time of year when Nouveau Beaujolais bursts onto the market. Met with both excitement (PARTY!) and dread (not another Nouveau release, yuck). This year, the French Winophiles teamed up with some generous Beaujolais Vignerons to offer some wonderful Beaujolais choices beyond Nouveau. Take a look … Continue reading

Explore the Range of Beaujolais with the #Winophiles

More Than Nouveau Nouveau Beaujolais is a marketing triumph; of sorts.  A celebration of the new vintage, the wines are super fresh and what fun to celebrate with a party on the third Thursday of November. This might be the original #WineDay! Only one problem: people around the world mistakenly think that Nouveau Beaujolais is … Continue reading

Explore Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau With the French #Winophiles

Beaujolais is So Much More than Nouveau! Nouveau Beaujolais, that joyous “fresh from this year’s harvest” wine released worldwide the third Thursday in November has been a great marketing tool, bringing an awareness of the wine and the fun worldwide. Unfortunately, too many customers think Beaujolais is only a new wine, meant to be drunk … Continue reading

One Stop French Wine and Cheese Party: Whole Foods Market #MadeinFrance

A beautiful wine and cheese spread

French Wine and Cheese with the #Winophiles and Whole Foods Our French Winophiles group needs no encouragement to celebrate French wines and foods. We do it every month! When the opportunity arose to collaborate with Whole Foods Market and the wines and cheeses of France, we jumped at the chance. The wines and cheeses in … Continue reading

Up Your French Wine & Cheese Game With Whole Foods & the French #Winophiles

Whole Foods French Wines

Let Us Reduce Your Confusion When you approach a well stocked cheese counter, are you filled with excitement or dread? And when it comes to French wine, why can’t they just name them by the grape and be done?? October French Wine and Cheese at Whole Foods During the entire month of October, Whole Foods … Continue reading

French Wine Visits – Our Friend, Raymond Boillot #Winophiles

Aging wines at domaine Albert Boillot in Volnay

The French #Winophiles Share Visits and Dreams This month, our French #Winophiles are sharing their visit memories of trips in France. Since some of our members haven’t yet had the opportunity, we’ll be treated to their dreams of their first trip. Jump down to the bottom of the page to vicariously enjoy our memories and … Continue reading

Surprisingly Affordable Wine Region: Bordeaux! #Winophiles

Affordable Bordeaux Wines under $20 at www.foodwineclick.com

#Winophiles Need Affordable Wines Too Our August meeting of our French Winophiles group has us digging around for good, affordable French wines. Sure, some of the world’s most expensive wines come from France (I’m talking to you, Burgundy. And you, Bordeaux!), but there are also great values to be found if you know where to … Continue reading

Are Winemaker Consultants Good or Bad Wizards?

Photo courtesy of Frederic Lot of Millesima

Good Wizard or Bad Wizard? Winemaking consultants, “Flying Winemakers”, you’ve probably heard of one or more. The best known is perhaps Michel Rolland, reknown for helping wineries adjust their vineyard and cellar practices to achieve riper wines with bolder flavors. These translate into high scores from major publications such as those of Robert Parker and … Continue reading

Château du Moulin-à-Vent Through the Seasons

Château du Moulin-à-Vent Cru Beaujolais wine

Château du Moulin-à-Vent Back in November last year, I was contacted by Morgane at Château du Moulin-à-Vent. He proposed sending some samples knowing my interest in food and wine pairings.  We had just returned from a trip to Lyon, France where we had the opportunity to taste the versatility of Cru Beaujolais. As the unofficial … Continue reading

Exploring Madiran with Vignobles Brumont #Winophiles

Dinner with wines of Vignobles Brumont

Southwest France, Unknown in the US The wines of Southwest France are little known in the US. Deep in the shadows of Bordeaux (which geographically should be considered part of the region), the wines are difficult to find  and even knowledgeable wine shop employees may not discern a difference between Sud-Ouest (Southwest) and Languedoc-Roussillon. The … Continue reading

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