Supremely Elegant Wine

It was an unforgettable evening in Saint Emilion, near Bordeaux, in June 2005. What should have been an elaborate outdoor feast for sommeliers, wine critics and winemakers was upset by a sudden hailstorm that...

Chambolle-Musigny vs. Morey-Saint-Denis

To accompany the Kobe beef, a customer at the Chanticleer Restaurant on Nantucket Island took my advice and ordered a Domaine Pierre Amiot et Fils Morey-Saint-Denis Aux Charmes Premier Cru 2003, which I had...

Château Lafite Looks East

A modest little road, the D2, leaves Bordeaux and heads due north until it reaches the outskirts of the commune of Margaux. There it bends in a westerly direction to begin its journey through...

Flying Sky High: Grey Goose Vodka

Think vodka, think Russia—or maybe Poland or even Scandinavia, home of the iconic brand Absolut. But vodka and France? The country of Cognac and Armagnac and Calvados? As the barfly said to the barman:...

La Caravelle Champagne

Although it’s the traditional drink for toasting holidays and special occasions, there’s no reason to stop drinking Champagne just because you’ve packed away the Christmas decorations and New Year’s noisemakers. As the French know,...

Lively Liqueurs: Joseph Cartron

A Best of France selection. In Nuits-Saint-George, between Dijon and Beaune on Burgundy’s Route des Grands Crus, the family firm of Joseph Cartron has been producing not wine but liqueurs, eaux-de-vie and crèmes de fruits...

Champagne: Rare Fizz

"When I win I drink champagne to celebrate, and when I lose I drink it to console myself." Thus spoke Napoleon Bonaparte, settling the question of when best to imbibe one of France's greatest...

Master Winemaker

Philippe Dhalluin identifies with the 2008 hit French film comedy Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis because he comes from the same northern French region celebrated in the film. Born in Valenciennes, near Lille, the winemaking...

The Fine Wines of Beaujolais

Quickly fermented and shipped around the world on the third Thursday of each November, more than one million cases of freshly pressed wine, often in colorfully labeled bottles, begin their journey via Paris for...

Saint Emilion: Saying Yes to Merlot

Glorious red wines from a medieval village of golden stone