Archive for the ‘France’ Category

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Domaine Bousquet, Discovering the Uco Valley and Standing on One’s Head

The origin of the Domaine Bousquet family travels back to the city of Carcassonne (karkasɔn), located in the southwest of France. With an elevation of 266–820 feet, roots of civilization run deeply here. With extensive remains of medieval fortifications, see the image below. Four generations of Bousquets, the family have been able to traces themselves […]

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Once Again ~ Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau Art Label Contest Invitation

With the introduction of the Fifth Annual Georges Duboeuf Nouveau Art Label competition, the winery is once again seeking new artwork for over one million bottles of their Beaujolais Nouveau. This is a very personal project for me. In 2011, I had received my first sample of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. Two years later in […]

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Wine Education Gifts for Wine Loving Family and Friends

This short-list of wine Education Gifts is comprised of some truly great wine gifts I’ve researched, beyond also giving Wine Books. They’re worth sharing. Some are old ideas and some are new ideas; each one brings something very unique to the education of wine, for novice and professional alike. Evan Goldstein Le Nez Du Vin […]

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The Most Special Time for Champagne ~ That’s a joke, right?

When is there never a special, or non-special, time for Champagne? Winesellars Ltd. just sent this to me, “It’s time to start drinking Champagne—all the time.”  I left them in the dust on this one a l-o-n-g time ago, like any of our 365 days in the year, I’m on it. But, I do know […]

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When you leave part of your heart in France ~ Château Sainte-Béatrice is partly responsible

What a charming little village Lorgues is, located in the Côtes de Provence region of France. This area bespoke France to me. It’s a region rich in viticultural history; and, is actually known to be the birth of Mediterranean wine grape growing. (From the Mediterranean Sea, the Romans entered France coming into this region.) Provence […]

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Beautiful places I’ve been and photographed: Provence, France with Château Roubine Cru Classé

My theme is TERROIR; capturing the heart, soul, and essence of it. And, yes, there was most certainly wine education involved. Beautiful places I’ve been and photographed: Provence, France. [PHOTOS: Jo Diaz, all rights reserved.] You say Provence and I say “lavender” (maybe I’ll even say Rosé). It was just a perfect day under Provence […]

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Winner of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Artist Revealed ~ Maeve Croghan

This is the fourth annual wine label competition for the Georges Duboeuf winery, in Beaujolais, France. It’s wonderful that winner Maeve Croghan is currently living and working in the Mendocino, California area, where she teaches and exhibits…  She’s almost a neighbor to my Geyserville location, which means I’ll get to visit with her in the […]

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Petite Sirah in France? A Flip of the Coin at Clos Hirissou

[PHOTOS: gratis Clos Hirissou] The greatest joy of starting PS I Love You, the advocacy group for Petite Sirah, has been the people I’ve met along the way. People from all over the world have contacted me about Petite, and this is the most recent communication, during the last 18 years of relationships. This one […]

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The Fourth Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Artist Label Contest is Underway

I love art. Wine is art, music is art, paintings and sculptures are art. Put them all together and you have a perfect day. Place them all in France’s wine country, and you have utopia, at least in my humble opinion. World renown artists have long graced wine bottles. Those images attract us right to […]

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Touring a Chateau, Don’tcha Know, Inside and Out ~ Château des Capitans Juliénas of Beaujolais

In an effort to pay homage to all of the wineries and vineyards visited last July in France, I continue with my experiences, as a guest of both Les Vins Georges Duboeuf and Château Roubine. This story started in Northern Beaujolais, scheduled by Georges Duboeuf. The black and mustard-yellow, decorative roof (in this photo) is […]