“Tonight?” he asked in accented English. “You want to stay tonight?”
“Yes,” we assured him, “yes please.” It was about 8pm and we’d be there as soon as we could.
On that gray fall day, our morning began early in Hautvillers, Champagne, Continue reading
Carême “Spring” Vouvray
The Loire Valley in France offers languid riverside paths for walking and cycling, storybook castles for exploring and staying, forests for hunting deer and mushrooms, gravelly shoreline and hillside vineyards for wine grape growing, deep limestone caves for living, staying, and storing wine, plus lush fields for cultivating vegetables and raising livestock. Continue reading
West Coast wines made with Bordeaux based grapes
What’s your favorite red wine?
My dad loved mellow Merlot.
Many people choose Cabernet Sauvignon.
If I asked Sue, she might say Cabernet Franc.
What do these three grapes have in common?
Provence: land of lavender and rosé, located in the south of France next to the Italian Alps and beside the Mediterranean. Continue reading
semi-dry Bordeaux paired with savory, salty, and semi-sweet meal
Who doesn’t love kettle corn, that salty and sweet combination? If you like me are a fan, then consider this: semi-dry Bordeaux white wines paired with savory and salty fare! Continue reading
Two wines from the JURA, France
Four years ago almost to the day was the first time both my writing partner Sue and I had our first tastes Vin Jaune and Trousseau, from Jura, a mountainous region in Eastern France, near Italy and Switzerland.
In our naiveté, we thought they’d be like other red French wines. Sue researched and developed a menu of classic rich creamy and mushroomy dishes to pair with the split of Vin Jaune and the Trousseau. With six adults, and October being MerlotMe, we figured these dishes would work well with several expensive Napa merlot wines.
But surprise surprise: Continue reading