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

The Cook’s Atelier: French Cooking Experience in Beaune

Market Day Cooking Class at The Cook’s Atelier When you come to Bourgogne (Burgundy), set aside your Wednesday or Saturday for a day with The Cook’s Atelier. And don’t forget to book it in advance! Marjorie and Kendall are the mother-daughter team behind the shop and cooking school, and they will lead you through a … Continue reading

Alsace Wines in the American Kitchen #Winophiles #AlsaceRocks

The French Winophiles Dig Into Alsace with #AlsaceRocks This month the French Winophiles are collaborating with the kind folks at Alsace Wines in their summer promotion, Alsace Rocks! If you live in New York City, there are activities all through June.  If not, read our posts, pick up a wine from Alsace and join in! … Continue reading

Alsace Riesling with Pork Country Ribs and Sauce Nénette #Winophiles #AlsaceRocks

The French Winophiles Dig Into Alsace with #AlsaceRocks This month the French Winophiles are collaborating with the kind folks at Alsace Wines in their summer promotion, Alsace Rocks! This post is one in a series of four wine pairing challenges for Alsace wines with American dishes. Pairing #1: Alsace Riesling Loves Pork We visited Alsace … Continue reading

Alsace Pinot Blanc Paired With Pea & Shrimp Penne with Basil #Winophiles #AlsaceRocks

Spring pea pasta with shrimp, paired with Alsace Pinot Blanc

The French Winophiles Dig Into Alsace with #AlsaceRocks This month the French Winophiles are collaborating with the kind folks at Alsace Wines in their summer promotion, Alsace Rocks! This post is one in a series of four wine pairing challenges for Alsace wines with American dishes. Pairing #2 Alsace Pinot Blanc Paired with Shrimp Pasta … Continue reading

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