An Interview with Michel Drappier, the Don Draper of Champagne

Words of wisdom from the wine-maker who invented the world's largest Champagne bottle (the Melchisedech).

12 Unmissable Wine Destinations in the Bordeaux Region

The Bordeaux wine-growing region is centred on the city of Bordeaux, but extends across the whole of the Gironde department. At 120,000 hectares in total, it is the largest wine-growing region in France and, with...
The vineyards of Armagnac

Armagnac: The Nectar of Gascony

Tucked away in South-West France, Gascony with its lush, rolling landscape, is the home of Armagnac, the oldest spirit in France, which celebrated 700 years of history in 2010. The Armagnac region spreads over three rural departments, the Gers,...

Jura Wines: On the Upswing

After nearly a century of slow decline, the wines of the Jura are making a remarkable comeback.


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

La Dernière Goutte: A Wine Lover’s Gem in Paris

While in Paris, my family and I participated in a group wine-tasting class (taught in English) at La Dernière Goutte, a charming wine boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Seated in the stone-walled back room wine cave...

Not to Miss in Normandy: Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp

It’s a big year in Normandy, as the region commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (See our comprehensive guide for events and festivities taking place in 2014.) If you’re planning a jaunt...

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...

Where to Eat in Cassis: La Villa Madie

Inventive cuisine in a delightful location overlooking the rocky coves.

Saint Emilion: Saying Yes to Merlot

Glorious red wines from a medieval village of golden stone