Category Archives: #Winophiles

You’re Invited to Discover the White Wines of Roussillon #Winophiles

The Roussillon region has something for everyone. Area diversity is vast- the Mediterranean Sea, charming countryside towns, mountains, and certainly, great food and wine. It’s a mecca for outdoor lovers with places to cycle, stroll or just relax. But today what most excites me are the white wines of Roussillon. On July 18 at 11am ET and 17:00 in France,… Read more »

Condrieu – Exploring Treasures of the Northern Rhone

Maison Christophe Pichon Condrieu Northern Rhone Valley wine

There’s nothing quite like Condrieu. I remember my first sip of Viognier. It smelled of peach and oak, was thick and heavy on my palate, a wine I was not eager to run out for again. It was not flawed, but a very ripe style. It caused me to avoid the grape for years. Then I tasted a Condrieu. Just… Read more »

Biodynamic Crémant in Bordeaux #Winophiles

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Chateau de Piote Crémant de Bordeaux AOP Blanc

Aubrion is not your ordinary woman. Deciding to change her life is how she, her husband and kids landed in Bordeaux making organic wines including Crémant at Château de Piote.

Crémant de Bordeaux, Sparkling Wine From the Land of Big Reds

A budget friendly sparkling wine from the land of big reds, a little known yet high quality alternative to Champagne. Why don’t more people know about Crémant de Bordeaux?!?

Why I Chose This Vouvray As A Holiday Favorite #Winophiles

chenin blanc Loire

One of the most enthralling forms of Chenin Blanc comes from the Loire Valley. The castles are enthralling too. Pair them together and you won’t want to leave. Grown from the Pays Nantais on the western most side of the valley (known as the Lower Loire) to the Touraine district (known as Middle Loire), the Chenin Blanc grape thrives in… Read more »

Rhone Valley Rasteau Cru – A New Generation Wine With Duck Confit #winophiles

Rasteau AOC cru confit de canard food wine pairing

This is not any wine. Nope… nor a regular duck confit dish. Prepared with potimarron and duck from a local producer, the dish and Rasteau AOC wine combo could be one of our favorites.

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 »

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 »

Biodynamic Bordeaux – Nobody’s Perfect But The Wine Is Fabulous

chateau de monfaucon petillant bordeaux sparkling wine

Dawn Jones-Cooper bought a 3.5 hectare vineyard in 2005. It’s in Entre-Deux-Mers, about 40 minutes east of Bordeaux. Right away she learned the extent of neglect and disease in the vineyard. She tore it out, planted barley and applied comfrey. She is one of dozens in Bordeaux practicing Biodynamic agriculture. In fact, producers in wine regions around the world are… Read more »