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Vicky’s Crush: The wine Dreamers of Priorat

"Eben Sadie and Dominik Huber"Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Terminal 2. Here, at the gate of any destination, in between two worlds, you feel what freedom could be. The sun is already giving us a good day here in Paris but in a few hours I’ll be in Lisbon on the Ocean side, with summery temperature, excellent wines and food and a bench of wine lovers all here to share the week end together. The 2009 European Wine Bloggers Conference is about to start and it seems like everyone is already very excited. Still, while I am waiting for this moment, something keeps turning around in my head. This week Monday, I’ve been invited at the last minute to the prestigious...

Opération Beaujolais: Vicky Wine Tasting, la première!

It’s been almost 6 months now and I am still there, growing up slowly! Drinking wine, meeting wine drinkers, hanging out with producers and professionals has been very rewarding. After receiving all this tasting invitations and encouragements, I had to do something to thank all this amazing crowd. My new mission: to initiate the non wine drinkers to the best elixir on Earth and help the other enjoy their drink in the best conditions. So, It was about time for the birth of Miss Vicky Wine Tasting: Vicky Wine in live with her best selection of wines and drinkers. The baptism of Miss Vicky wine and the première of Vicky Wine tasting were held in a beautiful cellar of the...

“American Love” rue de L’Arbre Sec

You are in Paris, you are American and tired of the Parisian anti-everything spirit ? You also love wine, amazing food and the arts? Then welcome to rue de l’Arbre Sec ! Rue de l’Arbre Sec is a nest for any American who wants to feel loved, or any American lover seeking to hang around the finest of them all. You feel like a French wine education is what you are missing, but you can barely pronounce the word « vin »? Number 52 is where you stop. Olivier Magny and The O Château team will greet you warmly in their beautiful cellar with a wine tasting in English - s'il vous plaît! Who said the French couldn’t speak the...

Montmartre Harvest Festival 2009

Montmartre lives in the past. It is a kingdom for artists, Parisian lovers, and grape pickers. A San Franciscan told me « when you live in Montmartre, you don’t need to go anywhere else, you have all you need ». No wonder I am not in San Francisco,(yet). "Montmartre" In Montmartre as you have vines, you also have harvest and the parties that go along with it. Last week on the hill, La Fête des Vendanges was an opportunity to celebrate the artists of the neighbourhood and their soil: French songs, wine, cabarets, traditional food, customs and smile. For five days each year, music can be heard everywhere, walking around the hill is a pleasure for all senses! Everyone is...

Save the Wines of France! A good Reason to Stand Nude in a Vineyard

Last Saturday Spencer Tunick and Greenpeace worked together on an art installation to raise awarness on the climate change. Art and awarness have always been going well together and are usually great sources of inspiration. This time the Vineyards of France were the focus, and not because of their beauty. Unlucky enough to suffer the climate change troubling effect as well as the economic crisis and the sulkiness of the world wide young drinkers, they have been lucky enough to host a crowd of nude wine lovers invaders. Spencer Tunick - Nude in a Burgundy Vineyard near Macon - Central Eastern France Well, as noble as the climate change cause sounds, I am not going to dissert on this matter...

The Wonderful Adventure of TerraVin (NZ)

I could talk about California for long but at the Fouquet’s and everywhere else this week (Crus, Grain Noble) all my attention has been focused on the winemaker of TerraVin, an original persona that has no more than 4 hectares in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, giving birth to some sensational wines. Photo: Mike Eaton (right) @ Crus - Paris (Romik, Left), One of the rare place where you can find TerraVin in France Here is his story. Mike Eaton is one of those dreamers that made their dreams come true. The creator of Terravin once lived in a garage, planted his pinot noir and changed it in wine. Now he lives in a beautiful house and makes fantastic...