Archive for the Tag 'France'

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Roses to Write Home About

Wines of the Week Rosés, our most delicious wines for the spring and the summer season ahead, I love them… True confession: It wasn’t until I tasted Sutter Home’s White Zin that I finally got wine. Had I not been trying to love Merlots as my entry wine, I wouldn’t have needed something with a […]

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A Chance Encounter Lead to One of the Biggest New Packaging Innovations in Wine ~ Locations

The email began: “Could a chance encounter with a taxi lead to one of the biggest new things in wine?” Locations Wines Got My Attention It went on: A strange statement, I know – but true. Just after the 2010 harvest, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift fame, and the winemaker for Stanton Vineyards, for instance) was […]

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Buzet you say? Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet, okay…

SANS ~ The Wine that “respects both Man and Nature” 2015 Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet This wine is a beautifully soft and delicious wine. It’s completely food friendly, a ballet on your pallet. As I read about their wine, this indicates why I found the wine to be so alluring: The grapes were harvested at […]

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Bordeaux ~ Albert Smith Work in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux ~ partie douze

After my first story about Albert Smith (1854–1932), called Bordeaux ~ Impressionist Alfred Smith ~ partie onze, I wanted to know more about the Bordeaux artist. I thought, “Shouldn’t there be a museum in Bordeaux where Albert Smith’s works are located?” I mean, he’s a home boy, right? Well, there is… The Musée des Beaux-Arts […]

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Bordeaux ~ Mirror of Water ~ partie neuf

Bordeaux, the pearl of Aquitaine… the fascination continues. Millesima

If I were to travel to Bordeaux, where is one place I would definitely want to visit, based on what I’ve now learned?
The Miroir d’eau (Water Mirror)

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Wine of the Week ~ An Ode to Bila-Haut

The 2015 Bila-Haut Rosé, Les Vignes de Pays, d’Oc Indication Géographique Protégee is deserving of its own ode… Delicious every day, with or without the rhyming, it’s poetry in crystal. Domaine de Bila-Haut, Roussillon on the Rise, Rhône Leader Michel Chapoutier’s “Bila Heights” believes that “Roussillon has the potential to be as great as Bordeaux, […]

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Bordeaux ~ Cabernet Franc, a Luscious Bordeaux Variety ~ partie sept

[Image of a Cabernet Franc leaf by Jo Diaz. All rights reserved.] Cabernet Franc is a delicious Vitis vinifera. It has luscious black fruit flavors and is the grape that gave Cabernet Sauvignon its color and body. (Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Frank are the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, if you didn’t know this already.) […]

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My Story for Passion of Wine ~ Partie deux

Bordeaux Wine Grape Varieties [Cabernet Sauvignon leaf. Photo credit: Jo Diaz] It’s marvelous to hear people defend genetically modified plants as “it’s been happening in the wine world since forever.” This is a teachable moment. As I explore the world of Bordeaux this year, having received my inspiration from Millesima Cie, what I’m learning I’ll […]

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The Richebourg Affair, by Novelist R.M. Cartmel

A book of “who done it” in France’s Burgundy region of Nuits-Saint-Georges… It is the first in a series of two novels of “Not all is at it seems in the peaceful vineyards of Burgundy…” The Richebourg Affair ~ R.M. Cartmel’s first mystery novel The Charlemagne Connection ~ R.M. Cartmel’s second mystery novel I flip […]

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Top 10 intriguing things about France and its wines

France and its wines  I have traced myself back to Charlemagne. And, yes, so can many other people of Europe, because he had 17 children with eight of his 10 known wives (or concubines). So, where does that put me? In line also with Pippin the Short, Charles Martel, and the Kings of Scot. I […]