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Join a stunning wine tour in Provence

Join a stunning wine tour in Provence

In September 2017 a totally unique, utterly wonderful wine tour in Provence will take place and you can join it! It includes a grape stomp, vineyard visits, wine tasting and the most delicious dishes you could ever hope to enjoy… A Wine Tour with a difference This is a wine tour in Provence that’s like […]

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The Sensational Wines of Alsace

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Alsace, Wine and Drinks
The Sensational Wines of Alsace

Alsace in the north east of France has a dual personality. The Alsatian people are resolutely French – though they speak their language with a faint German accent. The beautiful, half-timbered houses that you frequently encounter look as if they were built for a set in a grand German opera or maybe a Walt Disney […]

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Spiced Mulled Pears a la Francais

Written by on November 22, 2016 in Desserts, Wine and Drinks
Spiced Mulled Pears a la Francais

Delicious and simple this spiced mulled pear recipe from France is so easy to make but really pack a wow factor punch. Use a soft and fruity wine, a good but not a robust wine; Bordeaux or Burgundy reds are too strong and will overpower the flavours of the delicate spices and pears. INGREDIENTS: 13 […]

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Château Royal De Cazeneuve Préchac France

Written by on November 10, 2016 in Wine and Drinks
Château Royal De Cazeneuve Préchac France

The alluring Gironde countryside is a wine lover’s paradise and every traveler’s dream. This area is a feast for the senses: panoramic views, storybook castles, chateau-dotted hillsides, and winding rivers,  all nestled among flourishing vineyards, in the heart of the Aquitaine. Here we discover the time-worn Cazeneuve Castle, ancestral residence of the House of Albret […]

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Avenue de Champagne Epernay

Written by on October 19, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Avenue de Champagne Epernay

The Avenue de Champagne in Epernay is one of the most expensive streets in the world. At only one kilometre long, this famous Avenue is lined with grand mansions and the headquarters of many legendary Champagne houses including Pol Roger, Mercier and Moët & Chandon. It doesn’t take long to walk its hallowed paving stones […]

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Hautvillers Champagne walking in the footsteps of Dom Perignon

Written by on October 13, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Hautvillers Champagne walking in the footsteps of Dom Perignon

Hautvillers Champagne| Even though I’ve been to the Champagne region several times, after all it’s only a couple of hours drive from where I live in northern France, I’ve never been to Hautvillers. So, when I got the chance to go and meet a Champagne producer who lives just 20 minutes away and where I […]

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Buy a French Vineyard for Less than a bottle of Champagne!

Written by on October 9, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Buy a French Vineyard for Less than a bottle of Champagne!

For my birthday this year my husband asked me what I wanted. Jokingly I told him “a vineyard… not just any old vineyard but a Champagne vineyard”. Well, we’re no millionaires but my dream came true and there was change from 100 Euros. There is you see, a way to have your cake and eat it […]

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How to make Kir Normand

Written by on October 8, 2016 in Wine and Drinks
How to make Kir Normand

Kir Normand is a derivation of the classic French aperitif called a Kir which is traditionally composed of white wine and fruit liqueur. The Kir Normande is popular in Normandy, famous for its apple orchards and this liqueur really is all about the apple. Made from cider  and mixed with Calvados, an apple brandy and […]

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How To Make Champagne

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
How To Make Champagne

How to make Champagne: Become a blender for the day in Champagne, the only place where Champagne is made – all the rest are sparkling wines. Grower champagnes are very much en vogue. In a region dominated by the big houses and luxury brands, these small, family run properties, usually comprising just a few hectares […]

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The Champagne Growers Town You Can Taste

Written by on August 7, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
The Champagne Growers Town You Can Taste

I have popped corks and poured, sipped and slurped Champagne on a regular basis since falling in love with the taste at the age of 18 when someone gave me a bottle of Moet et Chandon for my birthday. I’ve drunk it for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, New Year and important occasions. Where ever and when ever there […]

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