Category Archives: #France

Grower vs. Négotiant Champagne

I had the pleasure of attending a seminar on Grower vs. Négotiant Champagnes…what a treat! Our presenter was Jeff Hacker who works at Binney’s Beverage Depot in Des Plaines, Illinois.  Jeff has been in the industry for over 11 years.  … Continue reading

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Cognac- Bin 36 Class with Alexandre LeClerq from Maison Maxine Trijol

COGNAC Cognac, named after the town of Cognac, France, is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime. For a … Continue reading

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French Wine Scholar- I Reached My Goal!!

Last May I decided to begin my intensive study of French wines through the distance learning program with the French Wine Society (now the Wine Scholar Guild ). Having lived in France, this has been an interest for a number of … Continue reading

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Wines of Provence

Ah, the glorious region of Provence…located in the southeastern part of France, not too far from the Mediterranean Sea. The ochre soil, the scents of lavender, rosemary, thyme…the “garrigue”, and of course, the wine! The Wines of Provence Trade Show … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras- “Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!!”

Mardi Gras- a day of partying, parades, indulging in our favorite treats… but what is the history of this crazy, incredible day?  We need to go back in time and into the religious significance to learn the history of this crazy, incredible day. … Continue reading

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San Sebastian, Spain and St. Jean de Luz, France

Being so close to the border between France and Spain called for a quick day trip to two enchanting towns- San Sebastian, Spain and St. Jean de Luz, France.  My guide Ana, told me we had to go to San … Continue reading

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La Jonchée…What is this Unique Specialty from the Saintonge?

La Jonchée– is a culinary specialty of Saintonge, north of the Charente- Maritime and south of Deux-Sèvres. (It is also made on Ile d’Oléron and near Rochefort.) A delicacy during the Middle Ages, la jonchée is a rare find today.  … Continue reading

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