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The Vicky Vintage Spirit

Who would have thought that Clermont Ferrand was so close from Paris? In Clermont Ferrand you feel when at the Vintage you are: A bar made in Clermont Ferrand, with a passion for rugby, coolness and wines. Le Vintage46, rue d'Argout75002 Paris When tired of the Parisian mindset, you need some Fresh air: it is when you should get ready for a Vintage moment. Run rue d'Argout, order some wine and a special Auvergne burger, take a deep breath and relax – It is chill, the music is good, waiters actually smile at you and... you are feeling much better? Of course, you are enjoying the Vintage Effect. Now imagine a Vicky Vintage Effect. That is what happened the 11th...

Borough Wines Got the Mojo @London

The Vicky Languedoc Tasting was on, but where do you find breakthrough Languedoc wines in London for a perfect tasting? As in my previous article, I am asking: where do you find breakthrough Languedoc wines in London, for a perfect tasting? And I still have the same answer: Borough Wines.  At the heart of Borough Market,  it is the cutest wine shop in the famous gourmet and trendy market of London Bridge. There is Muriel, a Frenchy that has character and chooses her wine in consequence. She is a Languedoc fan and features Château Grézan. Their wines meet quality and personality, they are good money for value and diverse enough to match each occasion. Muriel, Vicky Wine and The Wine...

Vicky crosses the channel for Languedoc Wines

Why would I write in English if it was not to bring the Vicky spirit across the channel…Or the ocean?  London ate my young heart and still drinks my Beaujolais wine.  This time though Languedoc region came first. The Vicky Languedoc Tasting was announced at the beautiful Maison du Languedoc in Cavendish Square. We felt lucky to be at the London Languedoc Heart beautiful setting! Organised with the London School of Economics (LSE) French society, it brought along many French and French lovers missing their dose of quality wines and saucisson: a basic mishmash in France that seems to be a luxury one in England. Languedoc is one of the largest wine region in the world. Mainly red wines are...

Beaujolais lovers in Lyon: Another hot night with Vicky Wine !

One of the most beautiful wine region of France also makes some of the most beautiful wines, and we all agreed last Thursday in the city of Lyon. For the first apparition in Lyon, The Vicky Beaujolais Tasting hosted some of my favourite wines and about 50 fans. All clustered in the jazz club cellar room, it was a happy success! The Hot Club team was also welcoming the Novox, an electro-jazz band matching well with the wines. Vicky Wine's Selection: Château de Lavernette As always, the Château de Lavernette was a delight. The Boissieu Family has a vineyard in North beaujolais, in Leynnes, at the border of Maconnais. Xavier and his American wife Kerrie are the new generation of...

Let’s stop being scandalous about Beaujolais

As a girl of Beaujolais I am sad, I am tired, I am angry when I see that we are not going well – For the wrong reasons. I am also excited, happy, and hopeful when I drink with beaujolais lovers in Lyon: city of snobs, first enemy of my beloved region. Beaujolais is a Gaulois wine, a grand vin de France, symbole of the national identity. 10 years of continuous crisis, death of vines and suicide of men is intolerable. A mistake is a human thing, and some wine makers condemned the rest of them to a too long sentence by taking some wrong marketing and vinification choices. Following up...Scandalous press articles, bad reputation, immortal clichés diffused faster than beaujolais...

Vicky Wine Tasting the 5th – A chic time @ Carré Parisien

Another Thursday has past with Vicky Wine and I am amazed by the difference of feel there is to each  party.  Frederic Mallier (Right) for the château de la Vieille Chapelle Bordeaux wines and the candled lounged brought a Chic touch to the Vicky Wine Tasting that ended up looking very fancy.  If you’d close your eyes you would have heard tasters chatting softly and wine glasses clinking at a nice pace when not breaking on the floor. This time at Carré Parisien, tasters came in very smoothly and left as disparately so that no one ever waited to be served. « Sardines squeezed in a can » feeling was far from being the picture: it was a perfect relaxing time.  Alexandre...