Lessons from a Biodynamic Winemaker in France

The SAUREL family runs a completely biodynamic shop. “Our farm evolved progressively towards farming which respects more and more the environment, the vines, the land and the quality of our wines,” says the family.

Wine for the Quiet Season

When November joins us each year, I’m reminded that there is a quiet season. This phrase entered our life many years ago during annual travels to Door County, Wisconsin to celebrate our November anniversary. Door County is a coastal place, heavily enjoyed during the warm summer months for hiking, biking, boating, swimming, outdoor strolling…summery stuff….

15 Years, 5 Houses, 3 Kids and 1 Wine that’s seen it all…

My husband has a pair of jeans that he calls his painting jeans. He’s kept them around for painting projects, each one adding to the mess that makes them the perfect source of memories: here is the Ralph Lauren red from the upstairs hallway; here’s the Phillipsburg blue from the dining room; here’s the pink…

Sustainable Wines for Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day. Ask any winegrower the number one ‘ingredient’ in their wine and they’ll answer: terroir. The land. The Earth.

This post is a roundup of some of the recent sustainable and biodynamic (biodynamique in French) wines that I’ve highlighted on L’occasion and elsewhere. (And one recommendation for the beer lovers.)

Welcome Spring with Fresh Food & Le Ferme Du Mont Côtes du Rhône

“Do not search in a wine for the reflection of an exact science. The formulas of scientific oenology are only a thin competition which does not know how to respect the mysteries of eternal creation.”  ~The late Jacques Perrin, Château Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Eternal creation. The mysteries of eternal creation… is there anything more beautiful? The…

Spring Meal Pairings for Southern Rhône Wines: #winePW

  {Spring Meal Pairings for Southern Rhône Wines} Saturday April 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Central Join in on twitter with #winePW The Rhône Valley of France is a diverse and fascinating wine region; for this #winePW, we’ll focus on the wines and winemakers of the Southern Rhône. As many parts of the…

Maision M. Chapoutier Buys Château des Ferrages in Provence

This post was originally published at Provence WineZine. Legendary Rhône wine estate, Maison M. Chapoutier recently announced acquisition of the Provençal domaine, Château des Ferrages. Château des Ferrages Château des Ferrages is located between Aix-en-Provence and Saint-Maximin near the commune of Pourcieux.  The domaine produces Côtes-de-Provence AOP and Côtes-de-Provence Saint-Victoire AOP wines, primarily rosé as…

Vaqueyras at Château de Alpilles

  …Vaqueyras… The first of my great Vaqueyras bottles was served to me and my husband on a rainy spring evening in the lounge at the divinely cultivated Château des Alpilles in St. Remy-de-Provence. It’s my deep belief that I was born to drink Rhône reds, such as my darling Vaqueyras, at the Château des…

A Rhône Road Trip

  I love, adore, gobble, guzzle, stockpile and yak about Rhône reds. I find them to be incredibly drinkable and a compelling source of wine fascination. If only lightly familiar with French wines, Champagne or Burgundy probably pop into your mind when conversation turns to bottles from France. Yes, those are diamond-studded French cellar stars,…

{French Wine: Rhône Valley Road Trip}

“Do not search in a wine for the reflection of an exact science. The formulas of scientific oenology are only a thin competition which does not know how to respect the mysteries of eternal creation.”  ~The late Jacques Perrin, Château Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape   If only lightly familiar with French wines, Champagne or Burgundy probably pop…

Introduction to the Wines of France

Last month, I wrote an article for Vine Pair about Drinking Wine in France. As a partner to the article, check out this rich and telling infographic: The Complete Intro to the Wines of France. This covers, in brief: AOC, popular wines in France and quick facts. Perhaps the most valuable is the map of…

Domaine des Terre Blanches {Profile}

  I woke up this morning to my copy of Provence WineZine, introduced with this kind note from Susan Manfull, fellow wine-devotee and publisher: Please help me welcome new contributor Jill Barth to Provence WineZine. Jill is currently writing a novel about a family of vintners in France during WW II, a project that has taken her…

L’occasion

2015 unfolds… it seems to open up just for me. Here’s January! You want another one? Here’s February! It’s delightful; it makes me hungry. Lots of great things building in these stacks on my desk. My novel first draft is headed out be edited, so that’s where my head and heart are at. Also, meet me…