The Distillerie du Vercors and the French Whisky Industry

Patrice Bertrand heads to Vercors to meet a spirited couple set on conquering the booming French whisky industry Squatting at the foot of one of their two pot stills, a long, tapered glass in hand,...

Cocktail Hour in France: Here’s to Kir

A cost-cutting alternative to Champagne? A quiet act of defiance against looting Nazis? We’ll spare you the more outlandish and downright bananas theories floating around the genesis of Burgundy’s cocktail of choice, Kir –...

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...

Wine in France: The Tiny Appellation of Coteaux de Pierrevert

Despite hailing from Provence, Pierrevert wines fall under the Rhône umbrella – and no one knows why When customers, especially foreigners, buy wines, they need landmarks to understand the region where wines are produced,” says...

Festival Focus: La Saint-Vincent Tournante de Bourgogne to be Held in Vézelay

Burgundy's favourite itinerant wine festival, La Saint-Vincent Tournante de Bourgogne, is fast approaching. An integral part of the history of Burgundy wine, the festival takes place every year on the Sunday closest to January...

Talking and Tasting Armagnac at Domaine de La Boubée in Gascony

Marion Sauvebois gets to grips with the complex art of snifter-pivoting at a hands-on armagnac tasting in Gascony “We’re outlaws,” says Alexandre Ladevèze, conspiratorially. “My father and I could go to prison and be fined...

Kindred Spirits: Creative Cocktail Recipes for Apéritif Hour

Ready to shake up your apéro game? From light and fruity to devilishly stiff, Kate Hawkings’s cocktail recipes will have you raising a glass. Excerpted with permission from "Aperitif" by Kate Hawkings, published by...

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...

Win 3 Bottles of Artisan Spirits Worth Over £150

In partnership with AMATHUS DRINKS, we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win: 1 bottle of RHUM CLÉMENT CREOLE SHRUBB worth £32.15 1 bottle of CHÂTEAU DU BREUIL RÉSERVE DU CHÂTEAU CALVADOS 8 YR worth...

Behind the Vines in Champagne: Voices of the Vignerons

There are many advantages to living in the only part of the world where real champagne is made. One of them is that the champagne here is abundant, of excellent quality, and moderately priced....