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Could BYO sound less French?

After the credit crunch, many restaurants went bankrupt or lost clients. Drinking wine in a restaurant usually double your check in Paris. Whether there is a great wine list or not doesn’t change it. As a result, many of us either stopped going out as much as they use to or even more worrying: stopped drinking while dining. There are also the lucky ones, who didn’t stop going out at all and have a hard time consuming all the fantastic bottles standing in their home cellar.For the sake of all, there is something to be done. After reading The Winesleuth articles (one and two) on BYOB practices in London, I wondered whether or not it was something we could find in...

Vicky Wine Tasting 4 – How Parisians Loved That Languedoc

 L’Oeil du Huit art gallery was welcoming Vicky Wine Tasters for the first time last Thursday. A beautiful place, showing the art works of Sara Danguis, winner of the contest organised every year by the gallery. Sara graduated from some of the best Parisians art schools and now paints as a living. « Sara sans H » at l’œil du Huit is her first exhibition and so was probably the first time that as many people saw her work at once. Poetic and mysterious, her works gave an interesting soft atmosphere to the party. Mix this with a platter of Nippo-Burgund canapés and good Languedoc wines and it becomes all even more classy. I was expecting 70 persons, but about 130 walked in...

Bio Paris: the Parisian organic forever hip trend.

Just like it is hard to escape from French wines in NYC, going out in Paris, you can hardly escape the bio trend: “Bio” for organic in French. So, as I am more likely to go out in Paris than in any other city, I may as well try to get used to this whim – One that seems to be a long-term pattern rather than a Parisian caprice. I still have a hard time liking most of the bio wines; the egg nose, scents of volatiles and blurry colour are not my cup of tea. I must also admit a few are done well and lead to pure pleasure. After all, like when to become an adult you had...

Where are American wines hiding in NYC ?

Ok, I understand that the French are definitely the best at making wine and drinking it. I can tell NYC clearly understood that and is making its best to express it. But how this can ever change if American wines stay that expensive and can’t even be found on a wine bar list in the coolest of US cities?   In NYC I was on a quest for some American elixirs, very impatient to discover the taste of all that I had read about. You can’t imagine the disappointment that was mine when going to some of the best wine bars and not finding half of what I was looking for.   Can you imagine my surprise when I entered...

Christmas bubbles’ choice before a 2010 well deserved year away from Champagne

Ok this is Christmas and even though I am drinking Californian Chardonnay at this minute, I seem to be Champagne bound anyhow. This strange juice always ends up in my glass and it is too often that I ask for a refill. Not that I am too keen… but should you desire it or not, the Champagne glass is always refilled. So tonight is Christmas, tomorrow is Christmas too, and then comes the New Year Eve. Enough reasons, one will agree, to come back to our dear Champagne, last time for me before a well deserved 2010 break. What this year drinking Champagne at least taught me is that I am not convinced by most of the main brands, I...

Le Cigare Volant for a NYC first Wine Glass is a Must

Freshly arrived in New York City, I asked to the grand Randall Grahm (from Bonny Doon Vineyard) where to drink my first American Wine glass. You easily understand that it couldn’t be a fail and so did Randall. So Terroir he said and Terroir it was. Well not exactly, cause next to Terroir is Hearth, a chic and trendy restaurant: open kitchen romantic air and cozy atmosphere - where I was redirected to meet Paul, the owner of both places. The name Hearth says it all, a mixed between Heart and Earth, which I didn't know also means "the floor of a fireplace".  The wine list is famous for its Riesling but also features the most popular of Bonny Doon Vineyard:...