Bandol’s Wines: Provence’s True Star

The Phoenicians were making wine in Bandol 2,500 years ago, before the Romans moved in.

Exploring the Ancient Vineyards of Burgundy, Now Classified by UNESCO

The quality of a vineyard depends on multiple factors, including the soil, the slope of the ground, exposure to sun and grape variety. To the uninitiated, the scenic ‘Route des Grand Crus’, between Dijon...

The Champagne Alternative: France’s Sweet Wines

A selection of noteworthy wines for your next dinner party.

Exploring Cognac Country

Take a trip to the pretty town of Cognac to learn about the fine French spirit.

Light & Lively: Loire Wines

Look to Loire Valley wines for fresh, fruity, crisp flavor profiles and wines to drink in their youth.
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...

Culinary Delights from Meuse, Lorraine

From the mirabelle to wild mushrooms, discover a bounty of delicacies.

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:...

A History of the Auberge du Père Bise: Featuring an In-House Recipe

In the village of Talloires, along Lake Annecy, sits a rustic-looking inn. Originally a simple guinguette, or tavern, the Auberge du Père Bise is a prestigious hotel and restaurant. Run by the same family...

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...