Winemaker Rendezvous: Bernard Duseigneur of Domaine Duseigneur

  Today we welcome a rendezvous with Bernard Duseigneur, winemaker at Domaine Duseigneur. The 30 hectare estate spans Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun and Lirac. 17 weeks ago I clicked on an Instagram photo of of three bottles of wine from Châteauneuf du Pape. “Wonderful,” I commented. “I’d love to try.” “If you come over here our…

Why We are Drinking Now: A Médoc Beauty

A bounty of wine treasures, the Médoc and Haut Médoc represent some of the best in Bordeaux wines. One could say they represent the best in French wines, the best in global wine. We examine what’s behind the label and discover why we are drinking Médoc now. The photo above is of Château de Retout, the…

The Médoc Seduces French Winophiles

The French Winophiles spend the next few months in a wine-drinking, food-pairing, life-loving flâneur. Join us! In wine bars around the world, consumers order a glass or bottle of Bordeaux with confidence. Everyone knows that Bordeaux wines symbolize quality, pedigree, good taste and establishment. For many, the idea of fine wine is wrapped up in…

What Your Madre Never Told You About Orange Wines

#ItalianFWT group uncovers skin-fermented, or orange, wines from Italy. When I was a kid, what they’d call a tween now-a-days, I overheard some older kids talking about the finer points of teenage dating. It was in the cafeteria, from the end of a long line of students waiting on lunch. Most of what was being…

Tour de France: Mount Ventoux Wines

A kindly giant who watches over the aromatic garrigue scrubland and the carefully tended vineyards, Mont Ventoux shelters wines conducive to sharing and close companionship – celebrated with a fragrant, flavourful centrepiece. ~ CHRISTOPHE TASSAN Sommelier and Rhone Ambassador The Tour de France 2016 Stage 12 of the Tour de France will route cyclists from Montpellier…

Winemaker Rendezvous: Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate

Today we welcome a rendezvous with Melissa Burr, winemaker at Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ms. Burr is the first winemaker to be featured in my Winemaker Rendezvous Project, an interactive interview utilizing questions gathered from my twitter friends… I’ve asked many of my twitter connections: What would you ask…

Wine Tasting Anyone?

Originally posted on Cobblestone and Vineyards:
It’s safe to say, I’m no expert on wine by any means. In fact, I hesitate to open my mouth and say even one word on the subject. But years ago, knowing nothing about wine, we chose Burgundy for our first trip to France based on a pastoral scene…

Centre-Loire: Fulfilling a Fantasy

Years ago I sat across an office desk from one of my clients, a well-traveled and enthusiastic man. Outside, it was peak summer…a day not inclined towards offices and work. Our meeting conversation turned, as it often did, to travel. “You’ll never guess where we are going next. My wife is really looking forward to…

Local Wine from Danenburger Family Vineyards

Join me at American Winery Guide as I visit a local winery, Danenburger Family Vineyards. Three friends have traveled about 90 miles from Saint Louis to spend a few days in Springfield, Illinois, the nearest city to Danenburger Family Vineyards, where they start their weekend at the tasting bar. Another customer, who will later reveal…

Luxe Provence: Wine Tasting Guide to Les Baux-de-Provence AOP

In partnership with Luxe Provence, I present this Wine Tasting Guide to Les Baux-de-Provence AOP. This stunning guide includes: 36 Hours in Les Baux-de-Provence region Wine Tasting Route Restaurant and Hotel  Suggestions 5 Wines to Try Now Meal Pairing Suggestions Join me at Luxe Provence for these details and more…there may be some surprises in…

A Provençal Rosé with a Summer Supper

I’m as fond of the poolside drink as anyone else, but when it comes to rosé I find food-friendly (and even, at times, age-worthy) bottles are available. Provence AOP rosès comprise one of the most compelling wine frameworks available right now. I have what you might call a background in Provençal wine. I’m studying to…

Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution

I’ m certainly not one of those people that think rosé is just-for-summer. I drink rosé all year and in fact, have had some meaningful wine discoveries from rosé-producing winemakers, most of them Provençal. I’m excited, now, for this opportunity to learn more about rosé from an American wine region: Sonoma County. Sonoma has been a…

The Languedoc Outsiders

I recently had the good fortune of getting to know Louise Hurren, founder of The Languedoc Outsiders. This group of winemakers caught my eye earlier this year with their enthusiasm around Vinisud’s annual event, which takes place in their home-base of Montpellier. According to the Vinisud website: VINISUD is the showcase for the world’s leading…

Life is Good in Liguria

I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me to write about this. I’ve squeezed it into other posts, hinted about how I was seduced by the Italian Riviera. I’m glad someone finally asked me, point-blank, to tell this story. It’s a story that begins, actually, in the South of France….on a sunny morning in late spring….

L’occasion of a lifetime: The Wine Blog Awards

The other day I was on the playground, watching my young niece navigate the swings and slides while my kids were at a practice. I was in a pleasant conversation with another woman I know, also a mom, about honors language arts classes. The conversation turned to Great Expectations…the great ‘beach read’ for all middle school…