Sophisticated Cider

In the pantheon of fermented fruits, the apple is second only to the revered grape.

Pineau des Charentes: The Celebrated Apéritif

The Charente is an unpretentious but much-loved département in South West France, an hour or so north of Bordeaux and the same distance from the Atlantic coast. Aside from the world-famous Cognac brand and...

La Cave des Climats: A Fabulous New Wine Cellar in Paris

A wine cave is rapidly becoming the mark of some of the great Paris restaurants, and the Michelin-starred Les Climats is the latest example. Carole Colin and Denis Jamet, owners of the Burgundy-themed Les...

Villa Baulieu: A Vineyard Castle in Provence

Glimpsed from a country road in the lush vineyard country just northwest of Aix-en-Provence, Villa Baulieu, a majestic 17th-century Italianate Provençal manor, might easily be taken for a sumptuous private home. That’s precisely what...

Martinique Rum

Martinique, a French island in the Lesser Antilles whose rugged landscape harbors brilliant botanical gardens and whose coast is dotted with long, lovely beaches, offers plenty of the celebrated attractions of tropical islands, but...

Regal Secret

Few aperitifs can claim as romantic a back story as Secret de Famille.


Carthusian monks in the Chartreuse mountains have been producing the region's namesake alcohol since 1764.

La Vendange at Mas de Brun Vineyard in Bandol

It's harvest time at the vineyard Kristin runs with her husband, Jean-Marc...
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The Île Saint-Honorat: The French Riviera’s Isle of Sacred Vines

Due to France’s fierce political secularism, and the headlines that it generates, the country’s Catholicism can be easily overlooked. Yet up to 88 per cent of l’Hexagone’s population still identifies itself as Roman Catholic...

Burgundy: 2008 vs 2009

Burgundy fans disagree when comparing the merits of the two most recently bottled vintages.