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Wine Lover Without Means? Tipple Romanée-Conti At This Serious About Sipping Boutique

Wine Lover Without Means? Tipple Romanée-Conti At This Serious About Sipping Boutique

If you’re a wine buff — and who isn’t when it comes to Romanée-Conti the world’s most exclusive demarcated wine — there is only one place to be: Aux Quatre Coins du Vin wine boutique in Bordeaux, where two French entrepreneurs allow you to savour France’s most expensive wines …. by the sip. Their unique […]

Is Bordeaux Bottling Trouble? China, Taiwan and Hong Kong Investors Under Spotlight

Is Bordeaux Bottling Trouble? China, Taiwan and Hong Kong Investors Under Spotlight

Since 2011 several high net worth Chinese investors have invested lavishly in acquiring top Bordeaux wine chateaux. But now that China’s National Audit Office has launched an in-depth investigation, trouble may lie ahead.   Rory Ramsden editor of French Property Magazine takes up the intriguing tale and its possible ramifications: French Vineyard Property: Is Trouble Brewing in Bordeaux?   Aside from its world […]

Catering to Connoisseurs: The Paris Louvre has a Rival … the Louvre of the Vine at Marseillan

Catering to Connoisseurs: The Paris Louvre has a Rival … the Louvre of the Vine at Marseillan

While the Louvre in Paris houses many of the most famous artworks in the world an equally important and lesser known “Louvre” in the south is the now-endangered home of the world’s most important collection of vines. And while the Paris artworks to all intent and purposes are safe, the 138-year-old Marseillan collection in the […]

Crisis What Crisis Try A €1200 Curnonsky Menu

Crisis What Crisis Try A €1200 Curnonsky Menu

Until his death in 1956 Curnonsky known as the ‘Prince of Gastronomes,’ was hailed with reverence and awe by the best restaurants in Paris , 80 of which held a table every night in case he showed up. Now the Taillevent restaurant in Paris (Michelin, two-stars) – named for the 14th century chef who at King […]

Buddhist Monks Pray at Bordeaux Chateau

Buddhist Monks Pray at Bordeaux Chateau

Buddhist monks pray for happiness at ‘unlucky’ French chateau (via AFP) Buddhist monks Tuesday conducted a benediction ceremony at a French chateau and vineyard whose new Chinese buyer and its former owner are feared dead after a helicopter crash. Twenty-six members of the Fo Guang Shan monastic order led prayers for “happiness…  

Bouzy Yes But Not At All Bubbly

Bouzy Yes But Not At All Bubbly

Champagne’s Bouzy little secret (via AFP) If ever there was a place destined to produce a cheeky tipple, it has to be the village of Bouzy in the champagne country of northern France. Yes, it really is pronounced “boozy” and that is not the only thing that stands out about this charming little…  

The Clandestine Winemakers of Vaucluse

The Clandestine Winemakers of Vaucluse

Provence writer Bradley Kuett takes a hike through the Vaucluse to discover a wine borie from the 16th century — and an ancient intriguing tale of tax “mitigation”. Gordes: Relics of Ancient Winemaking; Stone Cabins Called Bories Outfitted with Wine Vats Hollowed out of Rock by Bradley B Kuett of the Provence Ventoux Blog It began with a walk […]

Wine Producers go Hi-Tech Against Fraudsters

Wine Producers go Hi-Tech Against Fraudsters

Making sure a glass of wine is everything it promises on the label was once a relatively simple process: hold against the light, tilt and observe the shade, swirl a little and give it a good sniff. But with the ever-increasing global consumption of…

Hail: ‘Catastrophic’ Damage to Burgundy Vines

Hail: ‘Catastrophic’ Damage to Burgundy Vines

A summer hailstorm has caused “catastrophic” damage to prestigious vineyards in France’s Burgundy region, with up to 70 percent of crops destroyed on some estates, local wine producers said Wednesday. The storms on Tuesday, which saw strong hail accompanied…

California Challenges Cahors on 4th July

California Challenges Cahors on 4th July

Paul Bush, a Californian winery owner is preparing a cheeky challenge this 4th of July with a special celebratory tasting pitting his wine against the famous French black wine and doing so in the Malbec heartland of Cahors. The challenge is the brainwave of the Americans in the Lot association which told French News Online: “The Bush […]

As We Said: Insects the Nouvelle Cuisine – UN

As We Said: Insects the Nouvelle Cuisine – UN

Toulouse-based French entrepreneurs have been way ahead of the game in developing and marketing haute cuisine insect menus for discerning gourmets and now their efforts have been given official UN endorsement (or almost).   As first reported here Some Red with your Grilled Water Scorpions? and here France’s First Farm Food Drive-In is in Bordeaux,  Toulouse-based entrepreneurs such […]

Caveat Emptor – A French Foodies Horror Movie

Caveat Emptor –  A French Foodies Horror Movie

Will French chefs join the Food Resistance — still offering real bistro-cooked menus — or does famine await French foodies faced by the inexorable rise of microwaved pseudo-cuisine? TV5Monde has just screened a repeat of a 55-minute documentary, made in 2012 by Rémi Delescluse, which reveals the alarming pace at which industrialized processed food is taking over in […]

Grenache – the New Wine Blockbuster?

Grenache – the New Wine Blockbuster?

Will Grenache really roll off the tongue with the same alacrity as Cabernet or Chardonnay? The organisers of the Grenache Symposium, with its suggestive slogan: Grenache-Moi, hope so, and have invited the world to  turn up at  Avignon, City of the Popes, to help it do so. Grenache Night: Celebrate and Taste Vintages of the Noble Grape From 30 Winemakers […]

France’s First Farm Food Drive-In is in Bordeaux

France’s First Farm Food Drive-In is in Bordeaux

You can drive-in for MacDo or Quick fast food around France, so why not a drive-in farm? Well canny Bordeaux consumers can now do just that and drive-off each week with real food, freshly-picked and direct-from-the-field. (Meanwhile keep reading for more below on how a Toulouse start-up is promoting France’s first macarons and chocolate made from crunched cricket […]

The Parable of the Winemaker’s Bible

The Parable of the Winemaker’s Bible

The Bible has a fair amount to say about wine … so it’s perhaps not unusual that a French former rare winemaker and recent Quaker convert, is offering modern parables – the Banlieue Bible or a Bible for the Troubled Suburbs as his latest enterprise . “Proverbs 31:6 6 – Give strong drink unto him […]

The High Priest of the Presidential Table

The High Priest of the Presidential Table

Bernard Vaussion, chef de l’Elysée, executive chef at the presidential palace, retires soon after 38 years feeding French presidents, a career making him France’s culinary high priest yet leaving him relatively unknown in the guidebooks of haute cuisine. For this Chefs des Chefs, is more of a secret agent than a culinary super-star. After all, he […]

Languedoc’s Winemaking (Movie) Stars

Languedoc’s Winemaking (Movie) Stars

They may not rival Gérard Depardieu but that famous tax-exiled, wine-epicurean, would surely warmly embrace the unfamiliar faces featured in a full-length documentary about one of France’s rising quality wine regions, set for a screen debut in Montpellier this month. The Les Terroiristes du Languedoc documentary will have its premiere at the Diagonal Cinema in central Montpellier at 1945 […]

Chilled Ginger Rosé the Pilgrims’ Progress

Chilled Ginger Rosé the Pilgrims’ Progress

Devout pilgrims trekking to Santiago de Compostela along the 500km route from Conques in the Aveyron via Toulouse to Saint Jean-Pied-du-Port will soon find themselves sorely tempted by the vine and wine of the Midi Pyrenees. Although crafty vintners are not exactly planning to line the roadside with stalls touting suitably sugared chilled Rosés, to lure hundreds of […]

September is Fête de la Gastronomie Time

September is Fête de la Gastronomie Time

You’ve enjoyed the Fête de Musique, now celebrated worldwide, so time to settle down to the 2012 edition of Fête de la Gastronomie, celebrating the food and wine of France as it should be, at table with family and friends. La Fête de la Gastronomie is a national event aimed at celebrating French cuisine. The festival […]

Grape Hunting from Beaune to Bordeaux

Grape Hunting from Beaune to Bordeaux

Many Australians have a love affair with France and here grape hunter Wendy Brown, a longtime Francophile and author of : “A Lot to do about the Lot”, offers a wineologue of a recent tasting trip she and husband Damien made through French terroirs. (Republished with permission and thanks from her blog on the Grape Hunter.) […]

Life is for Living not Cooking. Bon Appétit!

Life is for Living not Cooking. Bon Appétit!

“I’m not interested in the arguments about how Foie Gras gets made; I like what it tastes like,” writes Sandy Abbot, blogger and author whose recent rant about cooking has struck an Internet chord. “If you are easily pleased and like to read books, you can actually buy my life story. It’s a book!” he says in […]

France – World Champions in … Champagne

France – World Champions in … Champagne

To celebrate the national fête — Bastille Day — and ahead of the July 27 opening of the London Olympics,  a French magazine has been pondering the unashamedly chauvinistic question of where France leads the world … The sun for instance never sets on France. Thanks to the Dom Tom – or overseas territories (comprising  island territories in […]

Fattening Boeuf Bourguignon on Wine

Fattening Boeuf Bourguignon on Wine

Noticed any tipsy-eyed cows unsteady on their legs in your local pastures lately? Well they are no mirage. For cattle of an inebriated gait are the latest way of creating an expensive new taste experience for Parisian gourmets. The jet set will soon be able to order prime Saint-Geniès des Mourgues boeuf to complement their Château Pétrus in those […]

Some Red with your Grilled Water Scorpions?

Some Red with your Grilled Water Scorpions?

Coming soon to a Kindle near you the definitive wine lovers guide to the French region producing the best red or white wine for entomophagans. (Read more French News here) For if some reports are to be believed the food of the future lies with the cheap, low fat and healthy diet favoured by those […]

‘Clik’ ‘Clik’ – Screw Caps on Wine Offensive

‘Clik’ ‘Clik’ – Screw Caps on Wine Offensive

Luc Charlier, a Flemish winemaker who since 2005 has been producing Coume Majou in the Languedoc, claims corks will disappear from the French wine industry within five years. (This post has been updated — see end of story — to include a response from Amorim, the cork stopper manufacturers.) In their place — proudly and […]

Ali Baba and the 41 (000) Bottles of Wine

Ali Baba and the 41 (000) Bottles of Wine

France will soon have a second Louvre – the one known and loved by all in Paris will, if a former boilermaker gets his way, be complemented by the Louvre du Vin, an extraordinary collection of 41,000 grands crus now looking for a home in the south-West. (Read more French News here) For Michel-Jack Chasseuil, a […]

Sarkozy Turns It Into an Halal-Kiri Election

Sarkozy Turns It Into an Halal-Kiri Election

France without gastronomy would be France diminished so no surprise that the presidential election campaign seems to be taking some meatier aspects of food seriously, even though voter concerns are elsewhere. (Read more French News here) Showing increasing relish for a spicy election menu the combative maitre’d, Nicolas Sarkozy has, in the process of making a campaign meal out of […]

Voilà an Old Ruffian making a Renaissance

Voilà an Old Ruffian making a Renaissance

Common old Carignan is making a comeback from overlooked corners of rocky terroir where, unpressured, it is allowed the time to flaunt its flambouyant flavour. Making the Irish-Languedoc connection from cuisine to culture, Mar Hampla writes Evening Hérault from a ‘sunny little shack’ near the Canal du Midi, a blog liberally laced with Irish condiment and full […]

Parisians Lineup for Portuguese Tarts

Parisians Lineup for Portuguese Tarts

An unpretentious 11-letter word is set to be a hot topic on election bandwagons rolling across France as left and right contenders attempt to unseat the sitting head of state from his apparently highly precarious perch. Most polls and commentators suggest President Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting for his political life in the April 2012 ballot which […]

The Disappearing “Pause Déjeuner”

The Disappearing “Pause Déjeuner”

La pause déjeuner has always been a veritable sacré moment in every Frenchman and Frenchwoman’s day. American writer Jamie Schler explains how her French family hooked her on an endangered ritual she greatly cherishes.     I was introduced to and initiated into this ritual before I married into a French family; every day at […]

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