The Stunning, Rugged Landscape of Priorat and its Wines

Guest Post from MillesimaThis is a guest post from my friends at Millesima. Back in 2017, I won one of the spots in Millesima’s wine blog contest which led to a sponsored trip to En Primeur in Bordeaux. I was so impressed with the people involved, I’m happy to host this guest post on Food … Continue reading

Organic and Carbon Neutral at Champagne Drappier

Champagne Drappier with Ties to Cistercian MonksChampagne Drappier is a moderate size Champagne House located in the Côte des Bar in the village of Urville. The winery is located on the site of a winery and cellar dating back to the 12th century. Early in the 12th century, Saint Bernard of the Abbey at Citeaux … Continue reading

Getting to Know Margaret River through Vasse Felix #WorldWineTravel

World Wine Travel Writers Dream of Australia and New Zealand for 2022It’s 2022, and our World Wine Travel group is off to a new geography for the year: Australia and New Zealand. We’ll be spending the next 12 months studying the wines of these two countries from afar. Along the way, we hope to learn … Continue reading

Champagne Fleury – Biodynamic in Champagne Since 1989

Champagne’s Southern Section – the Côte des BarOur Champagne tour took us next to the southern reaches of the region, the Côte des Bar. The Côte des Bar is a 90 minute drive south from Reims and Epernay, it’s physically closer to the Chablis region than it is to the northern section of Champagne. While … Continue reading

Organic Challenges in Champagne at Moussé Fils

Our third visit in our sustainability focused tour of Champagne led us into the Marne River Valley to visit Champagne Moussé Fils in the village of Cuisles. At Moussé Fils, where we saw for ourselves the challenges involved with organic viticulture in Champagne. Disclosure: Comité Champagne sponsored our press visits for two days in the northern … Continue reading

Shh! Cream Sherry is My Guilty Pleasure #WorldWineTravel

Wrapping up Spain with a Selection of FavoritesOur World Wine Travel writers are wrapping up our virtual visit to Spain in 2021 with everyone highlighting a favorite aspect of the country. Scroll down further in this post for links to all my fellow writers’ favorites. I decided to bring my secret love of “Granny’s favorite” … Continue reading

Organic in Champagne at Vazart-Coquart

Champagne Vazart-Coquart & FilsAfter visiting one of the Grand Marque Houses, our next stop was with a small grower-producer. We met with Jean-Pierre Vazart of Champagne Vazart-Coquart in the Grand Cru Village of Chouilly, not far from Epernay. The family are long-time growers in Champagne, in the early 1950’s they decided to gear up for … Continue reading

Sparkle-up Your Comfort Food with Crémant d’Alsace #Winophiles

French Winophiles Explore Crémant All Over FranceJust in time for holiday celebrations, our French Winophiles are exploring Champagne’s more affordable cousin: Crémant! Scroll down further in the post for a list of links to fellow Winophile posts highlighting Crémant from all over our favorite country. You may find a perfect sparkling wine for your holiday … Continue reading

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

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

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