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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...

Finally Drinking Californian Wines

I am now in Beaujolais, recovering from a week in Paris where I have tasted some of the most beautiful wines from around the world. Quite surprising though, as I tend to think that it is incredibly hard to drink foreign wines in France. London and New York are clearly more open on the matter: they don’t face the problem of French wine makers’ and wine drinkers’ protectionism. Can’t blame them for such a chauvinism Though -when you see that French are drinking less and less wine while foreigners drink more. Even though I am French and cherish my French wine the most, I believe it is very interesting to see what is done in other countries and can hardly...

Dargaud & Jaegle – Fairy Tale of a Cooperage

Special thanks to the charismatic Jean-Marcel Jaegle, CEO of Dargaud & Jaegle. Situated in the Beaujolais region of France, next to the famous Moulin à Vent, Dargaud & Jaegle is one of the 10 most famous places to make casks in France. There are many cooperages in the country but only one with a story out of a fairy tale book. First named after Marcel Dargaud in 1921, the small cooperage destiny was changed by the arrival of a young boy from the Jaegle family. (Picture: Wood yard where the wood is drying) (picture: Burgundy tradition casks) It all started during WWI when Jean-Marcel Jaegle’s grandfather, a bread maker in Colmar, left the Alsace region to escape the Germans. Hurt...

Hand Picking your Grapes Makes your Domaine’s History

It is 6 o’clock in the morning when the alarm rings, 25 grape-pickers are still snoring in the dorms dreaming of their vendanges ‘baptism of fire’. I am already thinking of how many jars of coffee I will have to be pouring before 7. This is when the young crowd reaches the dining room, half awake and still not fully comprehending what is waiting for them in the fields. We are at Domaine Monrozier – Château des Moriers in the Beaujolais region of France, a family vineyard owned since 1850. The domaine makes Fleurie and Moulin à Vent, red wines and precious juice from the Gamay grapes – the 2 most famous Crus in the region. From the domaine’s garden...

Daniel Rose – Blind Food and Wine Pairing @ Spring

Daniel Rose sounds French – Old Fashioned French – but it is the name of an American that is revolutionizing the French Cuisine at Spring since 2006 – a Modern Times’ Hero. Who could have thought that a young man from Chicago would have ever been capable of such an accomplishment? Not even Parisian! I have spent half of my summer in Paris, rediscovering the city’s romantic sights, ambient wines and how beautiful people live. Next door from where I live was ‘Spring’, a tiny restaurant one could pass in front of every day without noticing. As soon as the name has buzzed into your ears it could take you up to 2 months before entering Daniel’s small world –...

Corsica’s beauty is revealed in its wines

The “Ile de Beauté” (“Beautiful Island”) multiple differences of soils and grapes make wines for every palate but also for every moment: Muscat for the aperitif, red with the famous wild boar and white with goat cheese, mostly to be drunk young and fresh. This is also the island I have spent many of my summer holidays as a kid. In the middle of mountains and grapes, I was able to experiment the Corsican culture and unique food tradition but haven't been allowed to sip a single drop of their wonderful wines. Luckily, there are a few Corsicans in Paris that like to share their passion for wine, so I can take revenge on my very frustrating childhood. The wonderful...