Fascinating: Crémant d’Alsace

This piece explores the bubbly wine of Alsace, France: Crémant d’Alsace. It’s one of the best stories in wine: the origin of bubbles. We’ve heard a few tales, such as Dom Pérignon’s famous quote about seeing stars in the bubbles in his glass of Champagne. Down in Limoux, in southwest France, they claim to be the…

Festivities with French Fizz: #Winophiles Preview

December’s French Winophiles theme is French Fizz. Any French wine that bubbles in our glass is eligible. We’ve got a group of writers and bloggers lending meal suggestions, travel plans, history, you-name-it. It’s all about bubbles from France and you are invited to be a part of it. This week our group of writers has…

An Exhibition: French Fizz with the #Winophiles

THE FRENCH WINOPHILES bubble up: French Fizz in December December’s French Winophiles theme is French Fizz. Any French wine that bubbles in our glass is eligible. We’ve got a group of writers and bloggers lending meal suggestions, travel plans, history, you-name-it. It’s all about bubbles from France and you are invited to be a part…

Under the Tree: L’occasion Holiday Gift Guide + A Giveaway

My kids and I always giggle when the song demands, “Now bring us some figgy pudding.” The bossy tone is disruptive in the peaceful setting of the holiday and the fact that feathers are ruffled over figgy pudding is something we find hysterical. If figgy pudding is on your list this year, I’m helping you…

5 Italian Christmas Dishes and Wine Pairings

When I was a child, I was always fascinated to hear the stories of Christmas traditions in foreign lands. Holiday magic in my own home was often peppered with imaginings of what children in other places would eat, do and see in their homes. When Santa Claus came to our door with an orange and…

Holiday Wines from Southern Rhône and Provence

  The dishwasher is finally empty. The tablecloths are washed. The tree is up. This means…we’ve wedged between Thanksgiving and Christmas and in my house we are celebrating everything. Whatever comes our way gets decorated, wrapped, sang to. This isn’t just our house, I get the feeling…everywhere you go (it’s beginning to look a lot…

The Crus of Beaujolais

This article explains the most prestigious wine of Beaujolais, a wine region in France. It occurred to me, during the last few days of Beaujolais Noveau bustle and celebrations, that the Beaujolais region in specific teaches us about French wine on the whole. One of the things people tell me is that they don’t understand French…

Between the Barrels: 3 Top CA Wine Clubs to Join or Give as Gifts

My friend Megan joins us on L’occasion today to share her wine club recommendations. Aside from having a ridiculous amount of wine in her basement, Megan is not an aficionado. She’s a writer, but not a wine writer. Her bias is simply memories and taste. These suggestions come from her heart (which is evident in her…

{Beaujolais} French #Winophiles

I promised Beaujolais and we are about to deliver. Yes, it’s going to be delicious. Yes, it’s going to be tempting. Yes, we are going to learn something and best of all… Yes, we will《visit》Beaujolais! This Saturday, November 19th get on twitter at 10:00 am central and look us up at #Winophiles. The French Winophiles…

Persimmons, Cab Franc & Other Harvest Delights #WinePW

Camilla, of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, asked us to honor the season with this theme: The Feast Nearby – Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods. Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W. T. Purkis I’ve been working on an ongoing project…

You are Invited to Beaujolais with the French #Winophiles

This month French Winophiles visit Beaujolais. Are you a blogger or Beaujolais winelover that would like to join us? Here is your ticket…all aboard! Beaujolais is a wine region often noted for the late fall release of the new wine, which is celebrated and consumed during the year of its harvest. It’s called les Beaujolais Nouveaux (the new…

Wine For the Nights We Stay Home

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~Edith Sitwell This article tells the story of my experience with Two Hands Wine. Also, priceless time at home with loved ones, wine worth…

Books for Winelovers

November is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo in writer-code. During this month, writers are challenged to write a 50,000 word book. The NaNoWriMo community provides support, inspiration and tracking functionality. There have been several years that I’ve participated, and I’ve gone on to complete a partially-prepared-during NaNoWriMo story, the one that has emerged as my favorite…

Finding Jura

This article hunts down the mystery of Jura wines. Yes, a mystery…how very Halloween… On a dark and stormy night, just like this…. Wait, that isn’t how this goes. Try again…. On a sunny blue-bath-sky October afternoon, just like this…a woman searches in vain to find the answers that she needs. If only the ancient…

Evenings with Merlot

This article is all about Merlot, in conjunction with #MerlotMe and #WinePW, featuring two bottles from the Napa Valley. When I was a younger gal, an early wine drinker, my go-to wine was Merlot. I still remember walking into a Champagne bar and ordering a glass of Merlot instead of bubbly. Merlot proved, and still…