Looking Beyond Biodynamic Certification at Cantina di Filippo #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine and Travel Writers Explore More Sustainable Viticulture This month, our Italian Wine, Food and Travel group is researching sustainable approaches to winemaking in Italy. Our investigation started as a look into biodynamics, but it turns out that can be a bit problematic. Why? Because certification isn’t right in every situation. The real … Continue reading

Anteprima Sagrantino

Or: How I tasted 45 of the Most Tannic Wines and Lived to Tell the Tale After hosting our recent Italian Food, Wine & Travel group’s foray into Sagrantino, I received a surprise invitation to attend Anteprima Sagrantino. This annual press event celebrates the release of young Montefalco Sagrantino wines in Montefalco, Umbria. The local … 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

A Day in Chablis – Part One: The Town & Chablis Grand Cru

Save Time for a Trip to Chablis When you trip to Bourgogne, save at least a day for Chablis. Physically separate from the Cote d’Or, you might be tempted to leave it for a future trip, but you would be missing a gem.  On our last trip to Beaune, I set a aside a day … Continue reading

Explore Lesser Known Bourgogne at Domaine Chevrot & Fils

Explore a Lesser Known Village with Domaine Chevrot & Fils It’s difficult to think of any part of Bourgogne (Burgundy) as anything other than famous, and expensive. However, there are lesser known villages which offer beautiful wines at more reasonable prices. On my recent trip to Beaune, I made a point to spend time exploring … 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

#AlsaceRocks? Yes, and You Must Visit!

Alsace, #Winophiles and #AlsaceRocks June brings our French Winophiles group to Alsace. Thanks to Teuwen Communications and the #AlsaceRocks promotion, we will be highlighting wines from this region. I had the opportunity to visit in the fall, and I fell in love. Maybe you will, too! Schedule Your Visit to Alsace Alsace is under-appreciated by … Continue reading

Biodynamic Bordeaux – Château Fonroque

Chateau Fonroque

Biodynamic Bordeaux To quote Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green”. If your vineyard is located in a Mediterranean climate with dry summers and warm, dry breezes, you have few worries. Organic viticulture is pretty easy, as you have few challenges with mildew, rot, pests, disease. If, on the other hand, your vineyard is … 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

Under the Radar in Italy: Ligurian Wine

Under the Radar Italy: Liguria When you think of Italian wine, you think of Tuscany, or Piedmont, or recently Mt. Etna in Sicily. Liguria, where’s Liguria? Occupying the coast in the northwest corner of the nation, Liguria is isolated from the rest of Italy, as it’s protected by a range of coastal mountains and looks … Continue reading

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