4 Wines and 4 Dishes To Try from The Jura in The French Alps #Winophiles

Are you ready to explore the wine and cuisine of The Jura? An area near the French Alps east of Burgundy, adjacent to Italy and Germany, and where The Jura Mountains line the border between Switzerland and France, the word “Jura” derives from juria, a Latinized form of the Celtic jor meaning”forest”, and refers to the French department of Jura, the Swiss Canton of Jura, AND the geologic time period, the Jurassic— because this limestone strata was first identified in the Jura Mountains. With its waterfalls and walking trails, the mountainous scenic area is popular with hikers and skiers too. The distinctive wine and food of The Jura may be popular also but it may not be for everyone. Is it for you?

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For a Special Evening at Home: Bordeaux’s Sweet, Sparkling, Savory Surprises #Winophiles

Bordeaux: white, red, rose– and it comes in sweet and sparkling too!

What’s new, different, or surprising about the venerable, distinguished and well known wine region Bordeaux?

  • As of July 2019, to combat climate change, Bordeaux wineries can use four new red grapes: Marselan, Touriga Nacional, Castets, and Arinarnoa.
  • New white grapes allowed in Bordeaux are Alvarinho, Petit Manseng, and Liliorila.
  • Bordeaux wines come in in a wide range of styles and colors: still, sparkling, sweet, white, rose, and red.
  • Bordeaux wines can be affordable! They don’t have to be red tannic monsters that break the bank.
  • Bordeaux’s diversity of wines means there’s one for every occasion and menu!

In fact for a special evening at home, you can enjoy a range of sweet, savory, and sparkling wines paired with a romantic menu and barely break a $20 bill.

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A Wine Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide: 11 Wines in a Wine Fridge

But which bottles of wine are in that wine fridge?

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A Preview to Champagne’s Unexpected Pleasures with the French #Winophiles

late night cranking in Champagne 

When the #Winophiles sought subjects for 2020 prompts, Sue suggested we do “unexpected pleasures” in Champagne.

Wine Predators Gwendolyn Alley and Sue Hill take a selfie in Reims outside the Cathedral.

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Introduce a Friend to French Wine 2: Loire’s St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil AOC Les Quarterones, Amirault #Winophiles

Three Loire Cabernet Franc by Xavier Amirault

What can make French wine confusing to newcomers is that often the name of the grape inside the bottle is nowhere to be found on the outside of the bottle.

That means to know what grapes are inside the bottle you have to know what is grown in the region named on the bottle.

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WW2 and Today in Champagne with Harmel’s “The Winemaker’s Wife”

The Winemakers Wife features scenes from Champagne France, past and present

Living in coastal California 75 years after World War II and 100 years after World War I makes it hard to imagine what it was like to live in Europe under the threat of invasion and occupation. Knowing that 6 million Jews were methodically taken from their homes to work in the concentration camps and exterminated is horrible and heartbreaking.

Closer to home, along our coast, round concrete structures remain as sentinels at the shore testifying to our fears of invasion by the Japanese. Worse, Continue reading