Archive for the ‘France’ Category

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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 […]

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Beaujolais News from Georges Dubœuf ~ Beautiful Grapes and Magnificent Vines

I’ve had communications with Georges Dubœuf’s wine company. I’ve had a very insightful phone interview with Franck. For two years in a row, I received a bottle of their Celebration of Beaujolais Day — Beaujolais Nouveau — each year with a very festive, very fun tie to celebrate. They’re so cool.  Quintessential is their exclusive US […]

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Fleurie (Flower Label) 2018 by Georges Dubœuf is So Deliciously Brilliant

Sample: Quintessential Wines ~ Georges Dubœuf Fleurie  2016 (Flower Label) PREFACE – PART 2 ~ RED WINES 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 ~ […]

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Georges Dubœuf Pouilly-Fuisse 2015 (Flower Label) ~ Quintessential Wines

Sample: Quintessential Wines ~ Georges Dubœuf Pouilly-Fuisse 2015 (Flower Label) PREFACE – PART 1 ~ WHITE WINES World Regions ~ Mâconnais, France HEART ~ THE WINERY: This information came from an interview I had with Franck Duboeuf SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING ~ From the winery and from Jo SOUL ~ Wine Blog’s SAMPLE NOTES FOR Georges Dubœuf Pouilly-Fuisse 2015 (Flower Label) Photo […]

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2018 Champagne Harvest Update ~ The Report is Exceptional

From COMITÉ Champagne, France: Progress for the 2018 Champagne harvest: it appears to be an exceptional year for their sparkling wine. SIDEBAR for anyone new to sparkling wine: sparkling wine can only be called “Champagne,” if it comes from the region of Champagne, France. This appellation is just outside of Paris. (It is any wonder that Paris is also […]

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Why do I love French Wines? ~ 2017 Les BilaHaut Rosè les Vignes de Pays D’OC, for Example

Crafted for Maison M. Chapoutier, the 2017 Les BilaHaut Rosè les Vignes de Pays D’OC safely arrived. So easy to enjoy, a consistent brand. This is a wine to bring to pétanque and be the hit of the party. Rosé is such a fun experience. It adds a rosy glow to any gathering. So much […]