Clos Centeilles Mother-Daughter Team are Rocking Minervois

Minervois La Livinière is where you find the small producer Clos Centeilles specializing in almost lost grape varieties. Cécile Domergue has a huge heart and passion for the land her mom Patricia and her farm.

Cheese and Loire Wine Pairing with Les Vignerons du Vendômois #winophiles

For me, cheese is like caviar or a Michelin starred restaurant- I partake on special occasions only. It’s not that I don’t like it, quite the contrary. There’s nothing like slathering young and creamy Gorgonzola on a cracker. Or a crostini topped with aged Mimolette or Manchego, a walnut then drizzled with honey. But sadly, cheese doesn’t like me. I… Read more »

Uncovering Small Wine Producers: Vinicola Petrini in Abruzzo

Stefano Petrini’s grandparents were farmers in a small mountain community rich with history in Italy’s Abruzzo region. Paleolithic cave paintings and Roman ruins were fuel for young, energetic boys to explore. And explore he and his brother did. But it was the contact with nature and vineyards that set their current stage: producing organic wine in Abruzzo’s Pescara and Chieti… Read more »

This Biodynamic Wine is a Summer Pleaser + Saturday Culinary Concoction #Winophiles

I recently acquainted myself with Domaine de Cigalus located within the Languedoc Corbières area in southern France. This is where Gérard Bertrand built a biodynamic wine empire and owns several wineries. He is a proponent of the Languedoc region and lives there at the Domaine where biodynamic agriculture started for him in 2002. Although this 6’5” man makes both red… Read more »

Discovering Pecorino Wine #ItalianFWT

italian wine tasting Pecorino grape vinitaly

From the Abruzzo and Le Marche Italian regions, the Pecorino grape is one to know about if you’re looking for something to shake up your white wine glass. Join #ItalianFWT writers to learn more.

Searching Le Marche, Abruzzo and the World for Pecorino #ItalianFWT

Le Marche Abruzzo wine regions Fernando Beteta map

It’s easy to think bold, salty cheese when one hears the word Pecorino but we are talking about the wine grape that makes higher acid, sometimes delicate, sometimes bold white wine!

An Invitation to Explore the Pecorino Grape #ItalianFWT

pecorino wine grape

The Italian Food, Wine, Travel Group Uncovers the Pecorino Grape This month our #ItalianFWT group of writers highlight the white wine grape Pecorino, looking to find examples in the Italian regions where it grows most: Le Marche (it’s native home) and Abruzzo. Pecorino vines exist in Liguria, Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria too. This group virtually visited Le Marche last spring… Read more »

Italian Island Wine Speak with Vinisola #ItalianFWT

Moscato di Alexandria Muscat grape bunch

Pantelleria floats off the southwest corner of Sicily. With nowhere near the number of visitors anyone wanting a quieter wine trip is in luck. Zibibbo is the wine temptress.

Grenache and the Warming Climate- Vidal-Fleury Discussions

Vidal-Fleury Côte-Rôtie La Chatillonne blonde rhone red wine

Mark and I dined with Guy Sarton du Jonchay (Guy) and his wife Monika of Maison Vidal-Fleury at a recent event in Paris. After talk, tasting and red wines poured, our discussion got even more interesting. This article discusses the second part of that night when we discussed climate change as it relates to signature wines of a region. To… Read more »