Les Fines Gueules

"Les fines gueules" can be roughly translated as those who are in the know when it comes to all things epicurean. And given my experiences here, the name certainly delivers! This is one to put on your list for your next visit to Paris!   Read more

The best cheese EVER

I figure we have a lot to thank M. Brillat-Savarin for, but the cheese that carries his name is top of my list! That and this quote from his timeless work La Physiologie du Goût: "The pleasure of the table belongs to all ages, to all conditions, to all countries and to every day..."   Read more

The Liberation of Paris

August 25, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris during World War II. This story from the book “Wine and War” is a fitting homage to the determination of saving some of the country’s most valued treasure… Read more

Let’s go to the fair!

The French don’t always do things better but you gotta give credit where credit is due.  The food is the same, the rides are the same, but the one key difference is the only reason you’d ever find me here… Read more

The American Church in Paris

August 15 marks the Catholic holiday of Assumption, Mary's ascent into Heaven. While the population of actively practicing Catholics has declined in France, the holidays remain sacred (no pun intended). I thought a little "church" would be appropriate to share today. Cheers! Read more

Vineyard Roses

Rose bushes are often found at the ends of rows of vines. Some people say it's to encourage pollination and certainly roses wouldn't hurt, but there may be more to it than that... Read more

Cuvée Pierre Blanche at the Place des Vosges

I seem to be enjoying a lot of Chenin Blanc this summer but that is simply because it is absolutely divine when it is well-made. Click here to find out more about the gorgeous Pierre Blanche cuvée from Château de la Viaudière. Read more

Chenin Blanc

I had a chance recently to spend some time at the stunning Château du Petit Thouars and to taste their newest wine from a recently planted parcel of Chenin Blanc. This is an amazingly versatile grape that I love. Find out more… Read more

Clos Montmartre

Surprisingly, there is an actual working vineyard within the Paris city limits!  The grapes are harvested in the fall and once the wines are bottled, they are sold at auction with all proceeds going to local community works. And how cool to see just a peek of Sacré Coeur in the background! Read more

Hanging out in Montmartre

When the weather is nice, Montmartre is a great part of Paris to visit for its liveliness and the fantastic views over all the city. And it’s also a great place just to catch up with friends over some wine. Read more
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