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

Come Along as the French #Winophiles Explore Southwest France

Explore Sud-Ouest France (Virtually) with the French Winophiles The French  #Winophiles are a group of wine writers and bloggers who love French wine, food and travel. Every month, we all explore some pre-arranged aspect of French wine. We all post and chat about our experiences on the third Saturday of the month. This month’s topic: Southwest … Continue reading

French #Winophiles Return to Sud-Ouest (Southwest) France

Southwest France wine map

Explore Sud-Oest (Southwest) France with the French Winophiles on July 15th! It’s been 2 years since our #Winophiles group first explored the wines of Southwest France. As French wine regions go, it’s near the bottom of the list for familiarity. It’s time to return to further our investigation! Looking at the map, you might realize … Continue reading

Salmon and Morels with the Domaine Wines of Louis Max #Winophiles

Domaine Louis Max wines from Burgundy

French Winophiles Linger in Bourgogne Our winophiles group loves Burgundy (Bourgogne) so much, we decided we needed to spend two months exploring the region. Last month, we were in Chablis and the Northern part of the Côte d’Or: the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune. The wines of these northern regions are real … Continue reading

Crawling Through the Cellar at Louis Max

Moral of the Story: When your wine industry friend sets up a visit, JUMP ON IT! While planning our visit in France last fall, I contacted a couple of local Minnesota wine industry folks for any tips or visits we might make while in the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. I didn’t hear anything back, … Continue reading

Tour and Taste at Château Phélan-Ségur

Château Phélan-Ségur

Château Phélan-Ségur During our week long visit hosted by our friends at Millesima, we were treated to a private visit at Château Phélan-Ségur in St. Estephe. Where the Heck is St. Estephe? You’ll never realize how large the Bordeaux wine region is until you have the opportunity to visit. Several hours drive from end to … Continue reading

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