Mediterranean Bliss: Picpoul-de-Pinet

Picpoul’s naming origin means lip stinger for the acidic bite in the mouth of the drinker — this variety is notably high in acid, particularly for such a hot growing region. This explains what makes the grape unique, responsible for commercial thriving as well as ecological.

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Languedoc Culture: Fleur de Sel from Gruissan

Languedoc is France’s most productive wine region, responsible for 5% of the world’s wine output. Although viticulture is the dominant agricultural industry, visitors score the rare opportunity to taste some of the world’s best salt — fleur de sel — at the source site in the quaint village of Gruissan.

Eat and Drink like Hemingway in Spain’s Navarra Region

Navarra is located in Northern Spain, bordering Basque Country and Rioja. The region shares a 300-year historical history with France, stitched together by years of faithful Roman Catholic pilgrims as they journey the Camino de Santiago.

Eat, Drink, Travel the South of France: Minervois and Corbières

This month the Winophiles bask in Occitanie – formerly Languedoc-Rousillion – and the AOPs of this rich and extensive region of southern France. January brings us to Minervois and Corbières two French wine AOPs that are celebrated for quality, value, and authenticity.

Minervois and Corbières: Dinner and a Drink with the Winophiles

This month the Winophiles bask in Occitanie – formerly Languedoc-Rousillion – and the AOPs of this rich and extensive region of southern France. January brings us to Minervois and Corbières two AOPs that are celebrated for quality, value, and authenticity.

Eat and Drink Local in Sonoma: Ramini Mozzarella + Balletto Vineyards

The first thing one needs to know about eating and drinking local products in Sonoma is this: there is a cheese trail. Part of the California Cheese Trail, “it is a non-profit initiative, created and run by Vivien Straus. Fiscal sponsorship is provided by the Marin Economic Forum, where Straus has served as the Agricultural representative on…

In the Mood for Sonoma with #WinePW

Food, history, current events, and travel ideas reveal Sonoma and let readers know how they can help, simply by purchasing wine or visiting wine country.

Minervois and Corbieres: Expressive & Versatile

January brings us to Minervois and Corbières and many of our participants are taking inspiration from the famous French dish cassoulet, which celebrates its very own special day on January 9th.

We’ll explore the culture, wine, environment, food, and travel scope with our writers

#SonomaStrong Wine Pairing Weekend Event

Our posts will feature Sonoma wines, paired with some of our favorite dishes. We’ll uncover stories, history, current events, travel ideas, and opportunities to help reveal Sonoma and let readers know how they can help, simply by purchasing wine or visiting wine country. Reliable conduits for donations will also be shared, as many of our writers are part of the local community in Sonoma. 

Dessert Wines from Southern France

Family-run domaines are the standard in the Southern Rhône. Generation after generation maintains cultural and regional wine footprinting while making effort to step them into the world. VDN represents a product that mirrors this balance of yesterday’s ways emerging fresh into a range of new tastes.

Wine Wrapped Up: The L’Occasion Gift Guide

To give the gift of wine is to give a bit of life – a bit of someone’s life’s work too – for others to enjoy. To be toasted instantly or tucked away for later, the bottles hold promise because they are emblematic of sharing. Here are a few of the bottles that have brought me enjoyment, that have inspired and delighted me or taught me something new this year. Thank you for joining me on L’Occasion in 2017. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year. 

A Romantic Italian Christmas At Home

Of dinners with jazz, and great wine, and succulent things that children don’t always appreciate. Of woks and fondue pots, and the glorious leisure of the 70’s when it was acceptable for adults to ignore the kids in favor of pleasure. Of keeping the little drink umbrellas in the bar, rather than the Barbie house. Why not celebrate a romantic holiday at home now, even when the kids are still here?

Before the End of the Year Try French Dessert Wines

In the course of a good year, a wine lover tries dozens of new regions, maybe even hundreds of new bottles. Generally speaking, few of them are likely to be French dessert wines, or dessert wines at all. It is true that they don’t have any sort of quaff-ability, but that’s the nature of the…