All the Best Food Pairings with Clos Beru Chablis #winophiles

French Winophiles Dream of Chablis April brings our French #Winophiles group to a virtual visit to Chablis, in the Bourgogne wine region. Skip farther down in this post to see all the great Chablis finds of my fellow writers! Chablis is physically separate from the Côte d’Or, being farther north and west. In fact, if … Continue reading

Lamb Shanks Provençal with Les Baux de Provence and Cassis #Winophiles

French Winophiles Dream of Provence Just the word “Provence” brings forth dreamy thoughts of bright sun, warm summer days, lavender fields and a laid back, relaxed life. And of course, delicious food and wine! This month, our French Winophiles group is conjuring up memories or aspirations of that Provencal landscape while we highlight foods and … Continue reading

Our Biodynamic French Friends #Winophiles

Biodynamics Isn’t for Everyone It’s January 2019, and our French Winophiles group is exploring biodynamics in France. I’ve been interested in the viticulture side of wine for some time, and I’ve been writing about it a bit recently. I explained why I’m interested in a post (here) if you’re interested. There’s a lot of hoopla … Continue reading

What is French-Style Season? #winophiles

The French Winophiles French-Style Season The French Winophiles are a group of French wine loving bloggers. You’ll always hear us gush about our appreciation for France, French wine, food, travel. We’re realistic, though, too. We recognize no one place in the world is perfect. Currently, we hear about the Gilets-Jaune and how demonstrations are disrupting … Continue reading

Elegant Crémant de Bourgogne Served with Lobster Two Ways #Winophiles

French Winophiles Prep for the Upcoming Holidays with Crémant As we near the end-of-year holidays, we have many opportunities for celebrations, gifts and even an occasional quiet evening at home. When it comes time to celebrate with French wine, Champagne comes to mind first, but who can afford a bottle of Champagne at every one … Continue reading

Lirac: Wine from the Wrong Side of the Tracks #Winophiles

  The Urban Dictionary tells us the “wrong side of the tracks” is the poor, seedy, low-rent part of a town or city. In the Southern Rhone, the Cru Villages with the most fame are all on the Left Bank (east side) of the Rhone river. The Right Bank (west side) seems to be the … Continue reading

The French #Winophiles are Off to Lirac in the Côtes du Rhône

It’s October and We’re Exploring Lirac in the Côtes du Rhône Our French Winophiles are exploring (virtually) the Lirac appellation, the southernmost named village in the Côtes du Rhône this month. While it is located just across the Rhône river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it remains one of the lesser known “under-the-radar” Côtes du Rhône Villages. Let’s change … Continue reading

Forbidden Foods and Stinky Cahors #Winophiles

The French Winophiles Tackle Cahors September is a great time for our French Winophiles group to tackle Cahors, a wine region in the Sud de France. Cahors wines are big, bold, often rustic red wines based on the Malbec grape. They’re taylor made for the cooler days of autumn. Cruise down further in this post … Continue reading

A Day in Chablis Pt.2 – A Visit to Château de Béru

The Camaraderie of Vignerons My favorite “aha” moment of the day was this: The 2016 harvest was a disaster at Château de Béru. An early killing frost devastated the majority of their vineyards, followed by hailstorms later in the spring. The silver lining to the 2016 weather was a story of the “Camaraderie of Vignerons”. When … Continue reading

Taking a Saber to Farmer Fizz #Winophiles

Having Some Fun With Grower Champagne This month, our group of French Winophiles are celebrating the recent ascension of Grower Champagne. I’ve covered Grower Champagnes several times, so today, we decided to have some fun with our bottle of Grower Champagne.  Let’s Saber! Saber That Bottle of Champagne Popping the cork on a bottle of … Continue reading

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