Languedoc: Exciting times for the region

For a first timer getting a handle on the various wine regions of Languedoc-Roussillon it can be a bit daunting.  In the U.S. these individual regions don’t get a lot of promotion so I contacted a local expert, Dominic George.  Dominic is the owner of Le Wine Shop in Pézenas, and also is the guide […]

Languedoc: Two more weeks please

There is so much to say about my visit to the Languedoc.  To sum it up; I need to go back for at least two weeks!  The region is jam packed with not only exceptional wine, but historic towns, antiques, oysters, cheeses – you name it.   Many people flock to Provence, which is lovely, but […]

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux: So much more than wine

Renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Saint-Émilion is one of those unique travel experiences that to me is what a trip to Europe is all about: Steep hilltop village, tiny cobblestoned streets, family-run restaurants, ancient ruins and quaint boutiques – and about 200 wine shops eager to ship your wine anywhere. Last time I […]

Cognac: Hanging with Louis XIII

Seeing as we were driving from the Loire Valley to Bordeaux we thought this was a great (and rare) chance to do some tastings in Cognac.  Yes, Cognac is a place; like many French products which are named after the place they are made.  We had two fabulous, but different, experiences at Rémy Martin and […]

Bathtime bubbles! Sparkling wine for under $15 – Episode 6

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Fabulous bathtub bubbles for less than $15 a bottle! Featuring Codorníu’s “Anna” Brut Rose, Mumm Napa Brut Rose and Domaine J Laurents Crémant de Limoux.

Light French reds for under $15 – Episode 5

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Sue and Mindy share two bargains from France – a 2012 Beaujolais from Louis Jadot and a 2010 Côtes du Rhône from Jaboulet, both under $15!

A visit to Domaine Carneros

Probably one of Napa’s grandest and most regal wineries is Domaine Carneros.  Perched on a hilltop overlooking Carneros and Highway 121, you’ll find an elegant château, an ode to sparking wine’s French heritage and an experience that will feed your romantic fantasies of wine country. Feeling up to speed with “Méthode Champenoise” after my visit […]

A visit to Ruinart, Reims, France

I arrived at the grand courtyard outside Ruinart (“ree-u-nah”) and out walked Domenico. Domenico, my guide for this visit, is a trilingual lawyer in training, with perfect Italian English accent and an impressive memory for details. He and the entrance of Ruinart seemed more like a scene from a movie.  But this is Champagne after […]

“A Good Year”: The movie that inspired my trip to Provence

I confess, I’ve watched “A Good Year” about a dozen times. Russell Crowe has a lot to do with that, but even Russell would probably agree that the star of the movie is really Provence. Mesmerized by the countryside, weather and cuisine, Provence had quickly worked its way up to the top of my travel list and […]

Provence: The trip that got me hooked

Now I understand why so many people buy or rent property in Provence. Holidaymakers, like migrating birds, flock to this part of France every summer. For sun and wine lovers this is a little piece of paradise. It’s apparently unspoiled, rich with history and it also has some of the most exquisite food around. Even […]