12 Villages to Visit in the Rhône Valley

This is a region rich in pretty villages that have been well-preserved through the centuries Related article: Road Trip through the Rhône Valley TAIN-L’HERMITAGE Wine and chocolate meet at this crossroads of some of the Rhône Valley’s...

Chateau d’Esclans, Whispering Angel, and the Craze for Rosé Wines

Sacha Lichine, Winemaker and Negotiant, has made Château d’Esclans rosé wines the world reference for excellence. "We don’t follow wine trends, we make them," says Tom Schreckinger, Communications Director at Château d’Esclans, Provence. He’s in...

Essoyes à la Belle Epoque: Celebrating a Renoir Centenary

“For me there is no other village like it in the world. There I lived the most beautiful years of my childhood….”  Thus wrote the filmmaker Jean Renoir of his beloved Essoyes in his...

Domaine de Cala: Chef Joachim Splichal’s Winery in Provence

Following a distinguished culinary career spanning more than thirty years in the gastronomic spotlight, chef and founder of the Patina Group, Joachim Splichal, fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning a Provençal winery when he...

Thirst for Knowledge: Wine Immersion Experiences in France

Jeffrey T Iverson reveals the top intensive classes for those who want to be able to do more than navigate the crisp whites and robust reds in their local wine shop, including a luxury...

Earth Day in France: Champagne Focuses on Sustainable Winemaking

Earth Day is right around the corner, and many French vineyards want the world to know about the importance of sustainability in winemaking. From the Languedoc to the Loire Valley, winemakers are working hard...

Pebbles of Wrath: Terroir Theft in the Rhône Valley

Some of the Rhône Valley’s most flavourful vineyards are being fast depleted of their vital stones... Under the grey November sky, Xavier Anglès squats and places side by side some of the red, ochre, orange...

Women in Wine: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in France

In what has always been a male-dominated industry, a new breed of vigneronne is finally emerging – and conquering the world of winemaking one domaine at a time. Patrice Bertrand meets the influential Femmes...

What to See and Do in the Pays de la Loire

Including adventures with historical characters and animals – both real and fantastical Related articles: Riverside Travels in the Pays de la Loire 12 Must-See Attractions of the Pays de la Loire Region Val de Loire Wine Route You...

Did You Know? Climat vs Terroir in Burgundy

Guy Hibbert unravels the mystery of Burgundy’s climats with a vocab (and geography) lesson Talk to any French wine enthusiast and it won’t be long before the word ‘terroir’ comes up in conversation. If their...