Many dinners are enjoyed with a single wine, which matches the main course. You can go one step further and offer a French wine pairing for each course to set the stage for a memorable meal. For example, you could offer guests a glass of Chablis with their hors d’oeuvres, and it is natural to […]
Dom Perignon – the monk for whom the famous Champagne is named – is rumored to have said upon taking his first sip, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” We are wont to agree. And what better way to get a taste of the stars than in the City of Light? Paris may not […]
Game dinners are a memorable treat. The flavors of wild game, such as venison, wild duck, or boar, pose a special challenge in terms of appropriate French wines to serve. These rich flavors seem to require a correspondingly rich wine, and the use of sauces expands the taste possibilities. Meanwhile lighter wines might better suit ...
No, the title does not refer to the condition of those who have been enjoying a wine tasting in France, before and after. It tells us instead of the two most popular types of wine tastings. There are others as well, as we shall see. The most popular wine tasting is the horizontal tasting. All […]
Colorful and lively, the markets in Provence will take you on a picturesque discovery of flavors, fragrances and local products. Deeply rooted in the French identity, they are indeed much more than a must-see tourist attraction: they belong to the local culture and are the preferred meeting place for the town where people come to ...
Top 10 Paris Foodie Must-Dos If one thing is certain, it’s that visiting Paris and living in Paris are two different endeavors when you’re a foodie. When you live here, you have to retain some modicum of restraint, for the sake of both your waistband and your wallet. But as a visitor, you can take […]
Tasting a fine cognac after dinner is a great pleasure. Strong and flavorful, I enjoy it with hot coffee and chocolate candies. There are many grades of cognac, though, with different taste characteristics. How can you tell which one is the right cognac for you? Cognac is a brandy, a spirit produced by distilling wine […]
You might be tempted, during your tour of the Médoc region of Bordeaux, to skip St. Julien. After all, it has no First Growths from the famous 1855 Classification, whereas Pauillac to the north has three, and the famous Château Margaux is to the south. But skipping St. Julien, at 900 hectares (2200 acres) the […]
Visitors to Paris often find themselves shuttling from one museum to the next, trying to get in as much of the art and culture that seemingly defines the city as possible. You wouldn’t be wrong to follow in their footsteps, but be sure to enjoy yourself as you explore Paris’ art world; take your time […]
When I lived in Bordeaux, I enjoyed drinking French wine and talking with château winemakers. Their views on assembling their grapes into a single grand vin, for example, were stimulating. So were their hints on tasting wine. But I liked going beyond that, and asking personalized questions. For example, I would ask if they had […]