Touring Champagne with Sustainability in Mind

The Challenge of Growing Grapes in ChampagneThe Champagne region is located at the northern limit of where wine grapes will grow. The climate is classified as cool continental, which means grape growers in Champagne contend with a short growing season with frequent rain throughout the year. The weather brings threats of spring killing frost, hail, … Continue reading

How to Balance Quality vs. Price in Bordeaux Starting with Saint Émilion #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Writers Share How to Find Quality Affordable BordeauxThis month, our French #Winophiles writers are sharing their best advice for finding affordable Bordeaux wines for your holiday table. The very top Bordeaux wines are justifiably famous, but no one would ever describe them as affordable! How then to choose? Scroll down further in this … Continue reading

Add Some French Style to Dinner

Slow Down!We are recently back from a trip to France. One of our favorite differences in French life is the commitment to slowing down and enjoying a meal together. Restaurant meals are served in courses, even in cafés. Meals at home, especially on the weekend, represent an opportunity to take time and connect with your … Continue reading

Ron Rubin Winery – A Winery with a Heart: TRUE!

Ron Rubin Winery – More than Meets the EyeAt first glance, Ron Rubin Winery looks like many others in the Russian River Valley. Neat winery and visitor center, well manicured vines. A deeper look shows much more going on, I had the opportunity to visit and see for myself in May. (click on photos in … Continue reading

Old Vines at Nicolini Ranch: The Movie

Jancis Robinson’s Old Vine Wine Writing CompetitionYou may remember my excited post from earlier this summer. My entry to Jancis Robinson’s 2021 wine writing competition was selected for posting on Jancis’ website. While I didn’t make it into the finals, my goal was to be posted so I consider it a huge success! Here’s a … Continue reading

Obsidian Wine Company’s Adventures Redefine the Tasting Room

Press Release Turns into a VisitThis spring, I received a press release detailing a new approach to winery visits and tasting. My interest was piqued as I did a little research on the winery, Obsidian Wine Co. Since I was headed out to Napa in May for a WSET exam, I contacted the PR person … Continue reading

Alto Adige Wines at the Dinner Table

Where’s Alto Adige?The Trentino – Alto Adige region is in the north central region of Italy, with Alto Adige being the northernmost region, immediately south of Austria. In fact, until the first World War, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Even today, the region is often referred to as Südtirol. Alto Adige Wine 101Alto … Continue reading

Maury Savory and Sweet #Winophiles

Roussillon and MauryThis month, our intrepid French Winophiles are going far under-the-radar to the community of Maury in Roussillon. As if Roussillon isn’t already under-the-radar! Roussillon is located in the far southwest tip of France. It borders on Spain and is surrounded by the Mediterranean and a variety of mountains including the Pyrenées. How’s that … Continue reading

Exploring Aragon via Plate and Glass #WorldWineTravel

World Wine Travel Virtual Visit to AragonThis month, our World Wine Travel bloggers dig into one of the less famous wine regions in Spain – Aragon. My WSET Diploma text for still wines of the world has 600 pages, and a little over 1 page is dedicated to Aragon. Know what? Sometimes lesser known regions … Continue reading

Remembering a Walk in Chablis over Dinner #Winophiles

French Winophiles Love Chablis!This month, our French Winophiles are heading for a virtual visit to Chablis, the northernmost region of Bourgogne (aka Burgundy). Take a look farther down in this post for a list of links to all my fellow Winophiles for lots of great information and ideas for Chablis! Chablis – the Northern Outpost … Continue reading

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