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. 

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What Does it Mean to Be Made in France?

Earlier this month, I lined up a set of wine bottles from France. Each one from a unique and stated region, each one bearing a label like a little luggage tag: here is my home. To the French people, their government and producers indication of these regions is of the highest importance. While American consumers…

Wine Stories: Bernard de Nonancourt of Champagne Laurent-Perrier

Twelve years ago I wrote a fictional story about a vigneron named Emmeline, raising her daughter in wartime Provence. This character was based purely on imagination, written in my basement office during my maternity leave to care for my middle child. The story was subsequently published initiated a sense of intense need to keep going, to make the…

Champagne avec Les Winophiles Français

Champagne is the focus of this month’s Winophiles treatment. The Winophiles are a group of wine writers and bloggers that love French wine. Each month we focus on an area or aspect of French wine. Topics include regions, routes, food, travel, history, profiles, tastings…we expand widely and seek to learn. Champagne! Just the sound of…

A Time + A Place for Champagne

Champagne is… …home to a 15,000-strong team of highly skilled winegrowers. …an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée or AOC that’s been in place since 1927. …comprised of four main growing areas: The Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs et the Côte de Sézanne, the vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Bar. …situated at a northerly latitude…

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…

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…

Cheers!

#12daysofwinefacts Cheers to you, friendly readers & wine-lovers. It’s been much fun to share, write & read with all of you. If you have an end-of-year or holiday wine post, please share it in the comments! I’d love to have your festive notes featured here. Cheers!

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #21–The Results

Originally posted on the drunken cyclist:
It is that time once again, time to announce the results of this month’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. In all this month, there were 12 eligible entries for the theme “Pairing” which was supplied by last month’s winner, Jim of JvB Uncorked. There was a fairly good showing this month for the…

Champagne and Burgundy Vineyards Granted UNESCO World Heritage Status

Hillsides of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, just south of Beaune, have been recognized by UNESCO as “an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.” The history of wine is a compelling topic, and Bourgogne most certainly drips with it. When touring the cellars at…

On the second day of wine…

#12daysofwinefacts According to Moët & Chandon you should place the bottle in a Champagne bucket, fill bucket with one-third water and add ice cubes to top. Leave for at least 15 minutes before serving to bring champagne to the proper temperature (8˚-9˚C/46˚-48˚F). Your friends will be asking you so, when do we drink… If you…

On the first day of wine…

  #12daysofwinefacts On the first day of wine, my true love gave me to me… a Champagne vineyard. (Yes, I know…. I’m not even sure I’m on the good list.)   For more on Champagne, you’ll either have to drink some or read about the stuff. If you can’t drink some, here’s some info: Jancis…

French Dessert Wines for the Holidays

Even though we won’t be eating Thanksgiving dinner for days, and Christmas dinner for weeks I’ve already chosen the wines I’ll serve because of course I need to need taste-test them, admire the bottles and simply rest in the security that there will be lovely drink to toast the good fortune of the holiday season.

{French Style} A Party Guide

Bells will be ringing….doorbells. Your doorbell.  All those guests,  work-people, in-laws, neighbors, cats-from-down-the-street, the cast of Downton Abbey, members of Congress… Wait, you aren’t hosting top-cats & dignitaries?  Well, you can. Here’s how to zest up your party with French class & style: {French Style} A Party Guide