Archive for the ‘France’ Category

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When enjoying a Glass of Wine from Provence Involves a History Lesson of the Middle Ages

When visiting a winery, to capture its heart and soul – as is my custom – it’s helpful if I know very little about it, going into the discoveries. I don’t want to rewrite anything, except actual factuals… And then, what I see it in nuances: what I feel from its aura, what touches my […]

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Beaujolais Winemakers Concentrate on Crafting Regional Wines, Each Representing Their Native Terroir and Flavors

Beaujolais Introduction Some of you may have heard of Beaujolais, France, while others of you may not. For those who haven’t, Beaujolais is a wine growing region in eastern France. This photo was taken at La Madone Chapel in Fleurie, looking down on the Fleurie commune. The only red grape grown in Beaujolais is the […]

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Beaujolais 101 ~ Your Primer Through the Lens of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf

PHOTO: Taken in the Beaujolais region of France, at the Georges Duboeuf’s Chateau, in Romaneche-Thorins, France. Georges Duboeuf is the highly regarded founder of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. These are all of my own images from my trip to Beaujolais, with the exception of Wine Folly’s map. Beaujolais 101 ~ A TOP TEN Primer Pronounced: […]

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Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau Label Design Now Goes Public

This one reminds me of Willamette Valley’s Oak Knoll Winery. Being the exclusive partner of Portland’s popular Rose Parade, as regards wine, Oak Knoll Winery conducts an annual, label design contest. The inspiration, actualization, anticipation, and gratification for everyone in the process takes on a life of its own, until announced. It’s a lot simpler […]

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Living in the Land of Roses

May, the glorious month, when we know winter is truly behind us. Spring has sprung, and in a Mediterranean climate ~ where I’m living ~ so are the roses. They surround our homes, all colors, all styles, the visual flavors of the season. I just photographed this lovely Talisman, singular rose. Last year, just as […]

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Antoine Laurain’s Vintage 1954… It Was An Intriguing Year

Antoine Laurain’s Vintage 1954 WINE-BLOG REVIEW: From the moment I touched the book, it was immediate love… The smell and feel of its pages… A tender, Parisienne SciFi, stepping back through a 1950’s portal… all because of a bottle of wine, the right circumstances, and four characters… Every detail of 50’s in this story, and […]

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Wine of the Week: Georges Dubœuf Fleurie 2016 (Flower Label)

Sample: Quintessential Wines ~ Georges Dubœuf Fleurie  2016 (Flower Label) PREFACE   HEART ~ THE WINERY: This information came from an interview I had with Franck Duboeuf SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING ~ From the winery SOUL ~ Jo’s notes Photo Credit: ricochet64 ~ Chapel of Saint Pierre in Beaujolais with Mont Brouilly World Region ~ A.O.C. FLEURIE, FRANCE HEART Fleurie is […]

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The Sweetheart Bubbles I’ve Really Enjoyed ~ Perhaps You, Too?

The following #sample collection of bubbles are all from France, imported by Vineyard Brands. When a box of bubbles arrives, it instantly become party time… party in the sense of something very special just happened. For no apparent reason, no matter what was just happening, it just got really better. I’m reminded of Elizabeth Barrett […]

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It All Begins in The Vineyard with “Root Cause”

[PHOTO: Steven Laine with his new novel Root Cause, borrowed from his Facebook page.  ADVANCE COPY] If you love wine, love to read, and love to occasionally embark on a fantasy wine journey based on actual wine facts, Steven Laine is going to deliver an impactful novel, of epic proportions. This story begins in the […]

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Wine For “Happy New Year” ~ The “After Bubbles” Thirst for “What’s Next?”

[Photo: sapannpix] Surely, the wine on New Years Eve and New Years Day don’t only include bubbles, right? Sometimes it’s great fun to be out on New Years Eve and last long enough to segue into “what’s next?” In large events with crowds, we don’t really have to think about what’s next. We we’re living it […]