Wine and Drinks

The best sparkling winemaker in the world

Written by on January 19, 2021 in Wine and Drinks
The best sparkling winemaker in the world

Imagine being a judge in a contest where more than 1000 different sparkling wines from around the world need to be assessed. Each sparkling wine must be blind tasted without any information about who made them, and what they cost… That’s what being a judge at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) annual event is all […]

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How to choose a French wine that suits your taste

Written by on December 29, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
How to choose a French wine that suits your taste

Wine expert Philip Reddaway shares his top tips to help you choose wine that’s just right for you… Standing in the wine aisle of the super-market, confronted with a range of 500 different wines, or perusing a 4-page wine list in a restaurant can be quite a daunting experience. France produces more than 2,900 different […]

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A Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Wine

Written by on December 26, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
A Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Wine

For those that aren’t experienced with wine, it can be challenging to choose what to drink. There are so many different options available that it can take months before you find a bottle that you enjoy. However, luckily enough, there are some ways to speed up the process. In this article, we are going to […]

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The art of French Apéro Hour

Written by on December 15, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
The art of French Apéro Hour

In France the traditional aperitif, called an apéro for short, is a cultural ritual, one of the no. 1 pleasures in life. And it’s a brilliant custom that’s easy to adopt everywhere. Typically enjoyed with friends and family before dinner, ‘L’heure de l’apéro’ – an hour of ‘apéritif’ drinks involves enjoying a drink – wine, […]

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Perfect French Brandy Cocktails for a Cool Yule

Written by on December 9, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Perfect French Brandy Cocktails for a Cool Yule

Brandy cocktails are perfect for Christmas. If you thought that brandy was just for setting your figgy pudding on fire – think again! A crafted, mellow brandy like French-made Bardinet, produced in Bordeaux since 1857 and one of the UK’s leading French Brandies, is great for drinking on its own, but it’s also perfect for cocktails. […]

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How to drink Pastis

Written by on August 17, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
How to drink Pastis

You can walk into any bar in France and be assured of a familiar sight – a sign or a jug (the type you see at every French flea market) advertising pastis. And if it’s a hot day, there’s sure to be a Frenchman or two sitting at a table watching the world go by […]

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Guide to Armagnac – the spirit of Gascony

Written by on August 13, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Guide to Armagnac – the spirit of Gascony

Armagnac is the most ancient French eau-de-vie. It’s produced in the Gers department, known as Gascony, and is at least 700 years old. However, it’s believed that the origins of Armagnac go back as far as the 10th century. And in fact, the Romans were the first to plant vines in the area. The first […]

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SomMailer Wine Club | Bringing French Wines to America

Written by on June 19, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
SomMailer Wine Club | Bringing French Wines to America

We chat to Laurent Yung of SomMailier.com, a French wine club that brings unique, exclusive and difficult to find utterly delicious French wines to America… Can you tell us a bit about you and where you live? I was born in a small village near Bordeaux, France and I’m the youngest of three brothers. I […]

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Rosé wine | The taste of summer in France

Written by on May 4, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Rosé wine | The taste of summer in France

You would have to be a tea-teetotaller not to have noticed the explosion in popularity of rosé wines in recent years, they are everywhere. Exports of Provence rosés, the main production area in France,  to their largest customer, the USA, have increased 10 fold in just over 7 years. As soon as the sun stars […]

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Stay home and still enjoy French wine

Written by on April 2, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Stay home and still enjoy French wine

Whether you want a glass of French wine to enjoy over a Zoom or FaceTime call to catch up with friends, or to pair with a delicious dinner in the garden after staying indoors all day working, these trying times call for a glass of wine… With SomMailer.com in the US you can have your […]

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