Archive for the ‘French Wine’ Category

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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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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 […]

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Calling All Fanciful and Creatives ~ Your Opportunity as a Label Designer, to Join the World Ranks, has just arrived

This blog post is dedicated to dreamers and artists Let me just start with the fanciful background… Last Summer, I had one of my greatest honors. I’ve been working with winery doctors, lawyers, and CEO chiefs, since early 1993. In the process, some have come along with whom I’ve easily aligned. Each has serve a […]

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Winter Wonderland Whites: Think Wine, Regionality, Food, and Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Blanc

This intro is for five wines tasted in a series. If you want to just skip to the wine, scroll down for “Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Blanc.” Winter white wines are so scrumptious, with not only dense foods, but also with lighter foods. I don’t think of them so much as seasonal, anymore; i.e., […]

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Winter Wonderland Whites: Think Wine, Regionality, Food, and Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Blanc

Winter white wines are so scrumptious, with not only dense foods, but also with lighter foods. I don’t think of them so much as seasonal, anymore; i.e., “I only drink red wines in winter and white wines in summer.”  That’s as passé as “one can’t wear white after Labor Day.” (Although, my mother is still […]

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Georges Duboeuf Has Passed on to Greener Vineyards ~ January 4, 2020

[PHOTO CREDIT: Portrait-FD-et-GD-Avril] Georges Duboeuf: Born April 14, 1933, Died January 4, 2020 Known as the “Pope of Beaujolais” Being asked to go to Beaujolais on a media tour in July of 2019, was just the beginning of a very intense, five-day sojourn into the world of Georges Duboeuf, and his life devoted to Beaujolais’s […]