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Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay July 19th 2020

So, how does brut rose' champagne get its tint? From Bubble and Flute: The quick answer is they totally ignore that pesky little “pressing to avoid colour taint” rule. All red wines are made from prolonged contact with the black skinned grapes. For rosé champagne, there are three specific ways it can be made…Blending (or “Rosé d’assemblage”) when still red wine (in varying amounts between 5 and 20%) is added to the champagne at the blending stage. The still red wine must – of course – be from champagne grapes t... read more
Domaine Carneros brut rose'
Love Taittinger too!!!

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims July 7th 2020

I do not really have a wine blog per se, but I do like to share wine and sparkling information with you. I feel I have other things to say and share. But, with wine, people are fanatics. There is an estimated 1700 wine blogs worldwide in 2019. One of the original wine blogs—Alder Yarrow’s Vinography—began in 2004, and by 2009 there were over 700. Today, the vast majority are penned by so-called “citizen bloggers,” versus winery or press blogs. Of these citizen blogs, 60% are in English with the rest divided among other languages including Italian, French, Catalan, Portuguese, Czech, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Hungarian, Norwegian, and Indonesian.This is just great, invented by a wine lover with too much time on his or her hands. Rosé the Robot is an innovative ... read more
Many Champagnes to Choose
Lovely visit to Taittinger

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay July 5th 2020

According to Winespeed: Non-vintage Champagne (designated NV on the wine’s label) is a blend of wines from different years’ harvests and from different vineyards and villages (crus) within the Champagne region. Non-vintage Champagne wines represent the vast majority of Champagne wines produced. (By contrast, vintage Champagne represents a little less than 6% of exports). Non-vintage Champagne wines are valued for their consistency year to year. By blending multiple vintages, each Champagne maker can maintain a “house style” that consumers can depend on. Amazingly, in some cases, the range of vintages in a non-vintage Champagne can span up to 20 years. By law, non-vintage Champagne wines need to age on the yeast lees fo... read more
Why not celebrate?
Mumm is a good medium priced bubbly!

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims June 5th 2020

Did you hear about this? From CNN: A cognac from a 1762 vintage sold for £118,580 ($146,000) at an online auction on Thursday.The "exceedingly rare" Gautier cognac is one of the oldest surviving cognacs in the world, and only three bottles of it are left, according to Sotheby's auction house. This bottle is the largest of the three, known as "grand frère" or "big brother," and had remained in the same family for generations. The "petit frère" or "little brother" was sold at an auction in New York in 2014 and the "petite soeur" or "little sister" is found in the Gautier Museum, in Cognac, southwestern France.And now this from Karen at Winespeed: TWO (in millions of U.S.$) for a bottle of Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Gra... read more
In honor of Hazel
And the Director

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay May 21st 2020

Buy It With a $20: NV Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva ($13) A surprisingly good Cava given that it’s from a producer much better known for Riojas, this refined sparkling wine offers bright green apple flavors and a dry, lightly saline finish. NV Cleto Charli Lambrusco Vecchia Modena ($16) Crisp, dry and even slightly tannic (in a good way), this red spar... read more
My splurge, Domaine Carneros, Napa Valley
Coastal fav, Laetitia in Arroyo Grande, CA

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay April 26th 2020

Let me start by telling you what I have around the house to drink on a normal day. Is there such a thing these days, as a normal day? Many of you already know my every day sparkler is Veuve du Vernay, a brut rose' from Loire, France. Well under $10 a bottle, and quite good. And it can be found in the most likely and unlikely places, like Whaler's General Store in Hawaii!! My every day red wine is usually a Cabernet. My current favorite, though rather pricey, is an Inkblot Cab franc from Michael David Winery in Lodi. If you can't make the drive to (Stuck in) Lodi, it an be ordered online or purchased at Total Wines. If you go online, they are currently offering 35% off, their member price, on a case ... read more
Inkblot from Michael David in Lodi
Lanson from Reims

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay April 6th 2020

Most of you already know this, but for those of you new to sparkling wines of the world, here you go! Q: What are the real differences between Champagne vs. Prosecco and why does one cost so much more than the other? A: The quick answer is Champagne is from France and Prosecco is from Italy, but there are some other things to know about both wines –especially if you like sparkling wines. Champagne is a sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France around the city of Reims about 80 miles (130 km) Northeast of Paris. Made with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir a... read more

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Sedan December 22nd 2019

I love Sedan - well that is what the large sign said on the market place . Actually I do love Sedan . It is the second stop on this our Christmas trip away . Gabby reached another milestone this morning . We have had her for a little over 2 years and she clocked up 20,000 miles today . Did you sleep well last night ? Before I tell you about our quiet and peaceful night hold this thought " Do not say it is just morning and dismiss it with the name of yesterday . See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name " Rabindranath Tagore wrote that and it is so easy to just say I slept well last night and this morning came around quickly . ... read more
From the chapel in Sedan fort
The town of Sedan from the fort
another war memorial

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne July 17th 2019

It was time to leave the beautiful mountain scenery behind as we headed closer and closer to home. Before arriving in France we had to make our way through Germany, we spent one night in Titisee Neustadt, a small town in the Black Forest. It seemed very green and lush after the high mountain peaks we'd been travelling in recently. Pine forests covered the hillsides. The little town left a lot to be desired unless you can count an Aldi store that is! We stocked up on a few groceries and 'self catered' there. A party of 70 British school children were due to arrive at our hotel later that day so I think we'd been bumped off into the annex in a dreary, dusty room. I have to say the children were well behaved but ... read more
Clock Tower
Ribeauville
Ribeauville

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne July 2nd 2019

Our next leg of the journey went without any real hitches. The roads from Troyes to Dijon were a dream, quiet and smooth ,passing through sleepy villages. After a few stops for picnics and fuel we arrived at Bourg en Bresse by mid afternoon. Not a lot going on this town so we took life easy in a local bar then and early night. Next day we were on the road by 9am. It turned out to be a spectacular journey. Every twist and turn of the road brought a new scene, each one more amazing than the last. Finally we arrived at our next stop high up in the French Alps. We had booked a wooden hut overlooking mountain views. A few minutes drive away was the town of LA Rossiere. A typical ski resort ... read more
What more could you ask for?
Sometimes the most simple things in life are the best.
Spectacular scenery




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