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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3 Riesling from Alsace #Winophiles

3 Riesling from Alsace

Everyone says Alsace is full of picturesque Alpine villages, and that I must go there. The streets are walkable and quaint, the architecture as adorable as if Walt Disney had designed it, the food delicious, the wines delightful. Continue reading

Unusual Reds at Loire’s Biodynamic Manoir de la Tête Rouge #Winophiles


Tete Rouge

“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

#Winophiles Explore Organic Loire, The Garden of France: Preview with Carême “Spring” Vouvray

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 “Bordeaux” Blends with Beef Bourguignon #Winophiles

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?

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Explore Loire’s Organic Gardens: France’s Fine and Funky Clos du Tue-Boeuf VDF “Vin Rouge” and an Invite for #Winophiles

While Thierry Puzelat may have stopped “going to church,” as he put it when we visited him, he never gave up on all of his biodynamic beliefs and the insights he gained by working his Loire vineyards at Clos du Tue-Boeuf. Instead, as a “mad scientist” might, he experiments and uses what works on the land his family has worked for centuries (literally since the 15th his family has been in wine!) Continue reading