The changing habits of French wine

The changing habits of French wine

Wine production is spreading worldwide. Nevertheless, France remains the mother of all wine producing countries. This is almost a religion for French people. But the landscape is evolving -yes, even in the country of Petrus and Romanée-Conti – with some recent...
When every wine tastes terrific

When every wine tastes terrific

There are times when drinking quality wine matters, and times when it doesn’t. Did I actually just write that? Well, I guess I just did! We’re in the French Alps skiing, and I have to confess… I have drunk rubbish champagne, rubbish red from a wine box, and rubbish...
The proper French ‘vendanges’

The proper French ‘vendanges’

By Paul M. As a passionate wine lover I have always dreamt to do the harvest of grapes. All the wine professionals I had a chance to meet told me the same thing: to understand the wine you have to know it from the roots.  Last autumn my dream came true.  For two days...
I’m dreaming of a Wine Christmas

I’m dreaming of a Wine Christmas

My French father-in-law is quite a generous chap. To begin with, he allowed me to marry his only daughter, which is no small thing. But also, every time we visit, he opens incredible bottles from his cellar (he has about 1,000, stored in a perfectly conditioned...
Is 50% Champagne a con?

Is 50% Champagne a con?

Champagne is an amazing global brand. Visit wine makers using the “méthode traditionelle” in the Loire valley (e.g. Vouvray) and the Languedoc (e.g. Blanquette de Limoux) and they will tell you Champagne can charge three times as much as than they can, just because of...