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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:...

Vicky Wine tests you with a Spark : Can you even recognise Champagne?

Are you sure you’d be able to recognise Champagne amongst other French sparkling wines ? I am doubtful and think this is going to be hard if you are an amateur. Not that I have something against Champagne, but its marketing power too often over estimate its price for quality ratio. And some sparkling wines … often lead you on the wrong track if you didn’t see the bottle before sipping. So Vicky Wine Tasting Came to test you. Last Thursday was held a blind tasting with 5 French sparkling wines from different wine regions, one of them only being a Champagne. Eyebrows up, the 50 guests tried one of each, in the colour order they had chosen:  1- Orange...

Bubbles: How the Portugese got my heart!

Here it is, December again... time to celebrate and pop up a few Champagne's corks. Champagne you've said? Ahh! This really gives me headaches. Not because of what's in there but because I can't figure out weither I like it or not: "complicated" would be our relationship status. Whatever i think, liking Champagne or not is a bit categorical when you see the huge variety that is made in the region. But we all have to make generalities first before going deeper in the heart of this subject. And- as a French I should be loving the simple word Champagne should wet my eyes... for excitment. Instead I could say I generally much rather prefer drinking some other sparks, them...

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé à Londres!

Le beaujolais nouveau arrived in London! Londonders hardly spit on any wines - Open-Minded we call them. "Beaujolais" is also a wine bar. That's on a walk down to St Martin's Lane that I have discovered it today. With such a pleasant name it announces a hell of a night tonight! Gilles the owner will tell you with a perfect terroir French accent that he is not... French. "Bien sûr que je ne suis pas francais, j'ai l'air de quoi? Je suis juste un alien." (*Of course I am not French, what do I look like? I am just an alien). ah! The rudeness when entering a restaurant, HOW FRENCH! So if you ever wonder where Gilles is from, he...

Wine and Internet: Where to be, what do drink, when to spit?

While the social media put us in a new era, you can hear everywhere in French vineyards that “C’est la crise”, French wines are in perils! Gladly, the first one seem to be able to cure the other. The social media goes perfectly well with wine and comes as a medium for our palates to express themselves. After all, wine is social; it makes you talk more than usual and rarely leads to consensuses. There are place sfor each of this spirit on the web, and others to gather them: just like in an animated wine bar or a humid cellar. Let the conversation buzz! This is happening now! World Wide Wines are building up their drinking space on the...