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…

Vouvray during WW2: A Wine Worth Fighting For

The wines of Vouvray, in France’s Loire Valley, represent the ancient treasure that is French wine, a wine worth fighting for during WW2. Hidden Bottles, Wine Parties in Prison and a Historical Winemaker: Gaston Huet At the mention of Vouvray, I’m reminded of a gentleman that passed way about 15 years ago. That he lived into…

Le 8 mai in France {Remembering WW2}

Il y a 70 ans {1945 – 2015} Le fin de la seconde guerre mondiale. It’s been 70 years {1945 – 2015} The end of WW2. [in France] In my novel, my characters Aurélien and Emmeline are French winemakers and the story brings us to their lives during WW2. I’ve spent many years researching for the…