Champagne Sippers

Paige Donner Champagne & French Wine Specialist

Listen to new episodes of the World of Wine on World Radio Paris, hosted by Paige Donner.  It’s summertime and it’s time for champagne sipping.  Ok, well, it’s always time for champagne sipping… Listen to Paige’s interview here on the … Continue reading

Chilled Avocado Soup

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The Avocado tree is native to Mexico and Central America… The vitamins and minerals contained in this recipe can do everything from speeding cell turnover (to reveal healthier skin underneath) to protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Get plenty of moisturizing vitamin … Continue reading

Fast Food Solution

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by Paige Donner What better time than summer to 1. Eat Healthier 2. Spend less time in the kitchen 3. Transform your body to Fantastically Fabulous With these three goals in mind, is it any wonder then that Fast Food … Continue reading

Résistance Naturelle

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Ten years after releasing the acclaimed film, Mondovino, Jonathan Nossiter is back in theaters with his newest film, Résistance Naturelle. It examines vineyards in Italy that are cultivating their grapes organically and others that are using chemicals and pesticides. He … Continue reading

White Strawberries – the Originals

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by Paige Donner La Freizh, La Freizh!! A young, impassioned wild strawberry producer – gariguette in French – named Julien Héliès has launched a limited production of White Strawberries. Did you know strawberries were originally WHITE?! You might not have … Continue reading

le Winelab by Bettane + Desseauve

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by Paige Donner What?! you say?! A new wine event for Paris?! Yes. And it’s by Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, the same wine experts/journalists who bring us Le Grand Tasting every year. This inaugural event took place on Monday … Continue reading

Sydney Sunshine and Hunter Valley Wineries

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by Susie Edwardson (guest contributing writer) Is there anything better than guaranteed sunshine and countless rows of vineyards laid out before you, all just waiting for their unique, lovingly produced wines to be tasted? With its next door neighbour New … Continue reading

SPIT – Science Politique International Tasting (Competition)

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by Paige Donner In a truly wonderful demonstration of Bollinger’s credo, Life Can Be Perfect (with Bollinger), the day of the SPIT competition unfolded delightfully in Aÿ, France… All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2014  SPIT competing schools this year … Continue reading

Moët’s Pop-Up Restaurant With Yannick Alléno

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by Paige Donner On a recent round-up of Paris interviews, I succeeded in doing the near-impossible – catching up with the man-in-motion, the chef who never stops, Mr. Yannick Alléno, 3* Michelin chef and champion of local-sourced ingredients for his … Continue reading

2015 International Catering Cup -Shangri-La Team Represents

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by Paige Donner At the International Catering Cup competition held earlier this month in Toulouse, the team from Paris’s Shangri-La Hotel took home the top prize. This means they will be representing France in the International competition held in 2015. … Continue reading

China Leads World In Red Wine Consumption

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  According to the market survey commissioned by Vinexpo, the international wine and spirits exhibition, whose Asian show is to be held from 27 to 29 May this year in Hong Kong, China has become the world’s largest red wine consuming nation … Continue reading

Luxury Travel For Pets

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for the most demanding clients ´pets : private jets, limos , hairdressers, five star hotels , dog psychology … Everything is possible for animal lovers… sponsored post   Next Stop Spain is the benchmark for the VIP clients in arranging their … Continue reading

Grey Goose’s Sundance

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by Paige Donner As Hollywood hitches itself once again to the Sundance Film Festival post in Park City, Utah as it does every winter, Grey Goose will be there to welcome the filmmakers, revelers and partymakers with specially designed cocktails. … Continue reading

Lazare by Eric Frechon

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By Paige Donner As I sit here at my desk and write this blog post, my little doggy is sitting on my lap. It’s her preferred spot when I’m writing at my desk. Yes, I am lucky, aren’t I ? I … Continue reading

Dallet’s Tropical Fruit Macarons – Chef Demo

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by Paige Donner All photos and media c. Paige Donner, Local Food And Wine ’13.           Vincent Dallet is one of the not-to-miss patisseries and chocolatiers in the Champagne region. With shops in both Épernay and … Continue reading

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, It’s A Wonderful Life

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by Paige Donner Few things say Winter Holidays like the appetizing aroma of roasting chestnuts on an open fire. I remember, several years ago now, as I walked into the Tuileries from the Place de la Concorde entrance, buying a … Continue reading

Suchard & Local Food And Wine Chocolate Christmas Giveaway

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Christmas is right around the corner, once again, welcoming all the gourmet treat lovers with its festive sweets.   Suchard has on offer this season a gift box sure to please you and every chocolate lover on your Gift List … Continue reading

Burgundy Preview Harvest 2013

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by Paige Donner (translated from French) Roland Masse : « For both reds and the whites, the balance between sugar/acid is excellent. There’s a relative consistency among the whites, with good maturity and an aromatic freshness thanks to the natural acid. The … Continue reading

Chocolate Pumpkins and The Halloween Salon

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Every year, right around Halloween, Paris hosts the Salon du Chocolat. It’s a four day extravaganza of the best chocolate makers scoured and gathered from across the globe. For a city who, technically, doesn’t celebrate Halloween, the Salon du Chocolat … Continue reading

Limoux, Family Guinot and A Brief History of Bubbly

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« Do bubbles have a flavor ? Better to ask whether angels are male or female ? » –         Pierre Casamayor, L’Ecole de Degustation   by Paige Donner The historical regions in France that have produced effervescent wines for … Continue reading

Paris’s Le Balm and Brooklyn Diner

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re-published from Bonjour Paris Le Balm and Le Brooklyn Diner By Paige Donner Le Balm. An unusual name for a Parisian restaurant you might think.  However, as soon as you step inside this elegant new establishment in the shadows of … Continue reading

Napa Valley Film Festival – 3rd Annual

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Napa, California, (September 18, 2013) – Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce several of the festival’s star-studded headlining films, as well as the first set of honorees to be feted … Continue reading

Julia, Jamie, Gordon – The Rise of The Celebrity Chef

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Documentary about the rise of the Celebrity Chef. With Jamie’s fortune estimated at over £40 (million!) these cooks know how to whip it up in the kitchen. On and off screen. Doc is by BBC – so it’s all UK-centric. … Continue reading

Yannick Alléno is Terroir Parisien

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by Paige Donner [Originally published on BonjourParis] Yannick Alléno, Three Michelin Star chef, is a member of the elite circle of the world’s greatest chefs.  His work on Cuisine Moderne is about to break the rules of French cuisine and to take … Continue reading

Brunello di Montalcino – Mocali – 2007

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        Read More On Tuscany Food And Wine by Paige Donner Like any good California girl, I love me some Sangiovese.  So when I was able to get my hands recently on a bottle of the stuff … Continue reading

Chateau Mouton Rothschild – The New Museum and Cellars

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Château Mouton Rothschild, June 16, 2013 Pauillac, Bordeaux by Paige Donner All photos by Anonymous Pirate Photographer c. Paige Donner 2013   L’Art et L’Etiquette This is the title of the current exhibit at the new Château Mouton Rothschild Museum … Continue reading

Gold Coin Hidden Treasure Found In Champagne – Interview by Paige Donner

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by Paige Donner Ahhh… summer is at long last nearly here. Dream vacation destinations are beginning to dance through our heads like sugar plum fairies in wispy toutous as the languid summer months of promised sunshine begin to magically reveal … Continue reading

I Am Soooo Grapeful

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by Paige Donner One of the best wine salons of France, Le Salon du Vin put on by La Revue du Vin de France, takes place annually right around my birthday. To be perfectly honest, there’s really no better way to celebrate the bittersweet passing … Continue reading

Lanson White Label Invites You To A Play of Scents

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Just released this month, Champagne Lanson White Label is the first Champagne in the world specially designed for experimenting with scents and aromas.   And Ooh! what pretty white packaging.   Perfect for… Weddings, Baptisms, Anniversaries, Fireworks, Honeymoons, Bachelorette Parties, … Continue reading

Yountville Summer Events

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Meet the Winemaker Reception Come meet Cloudburst’s winemaker, Will Berliner from Margaret River, Australia for a complimentary tasting at Lucy Bar. This event will take place TONIGHT, May 16, from 5 to 6:30 pm. In town for two weeks only, … Continue reading

Vines Resort & Spa Argentina

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Scheduled to open September 2013, this All Luxury resort at the foothills of the Andes has a full sustainability agenda. Listen to what Frances Lalas has to say about guiding the resort’s grounding in sustainable development on Green Is Good … Continue reading

Burgundy – Science And Wine, A Center of Excellence in Bourgogne

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reposted from Bourgogne-Wines.com Editorial SCIENCE AND WINE: A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN BOURGOGNE A major new step in scientific research into Bourgogne wines has just been taken. The University of Bourgogne, in conjunction with the Regional Council, is creating a … Continue reading

Terroirs et Talents Champagne 2013

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So many good champagnes…So little time… All photos by Paige Donner c. 2013 – See FULL SLIDESHOW HERE   It’s hard knowing that I’m the envy of all my wine enthusiast friends and colleagues Stateside and in Canada. My only … Continue reading

Panda Bears And The Climactic Re-zoning of Wine Regions

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by Paige Donner What do panda bears and wine have to do one another? Now that’s a question I never imagined I’d be posing here on myLocal Food And Wine blog. But, according to the recently released (April 8th, 2013) … Continue reading

What’s In A Label?

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by Paige Donner I want to talk a little bit today about wine labels. In particular, French wine labels. Now, as an American, we all know that unspeakable little secret that we women wine drinkers in the U.S. buy our … Continue reading

Finally – Deliciously Good News Delivered Right To Your Doorstep

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Delivered straight to your Mailbox… the box of gourmet treats that will inspire your taste buds… and your culinary kitchen prowess too! Brand new in France – Sign up for your Easter Treats La BonneBox now. Click on the link … Continue reading

Cristal Vibrations

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  by Paige Donner This title actually began as a chapter heading for my journal entry about my visit to Champagne Louis Roederer in Reims. But I liked it so much that I’m using it here, too. It just works so beautifully. It … Continue reading

Lallier Vin Clair Tasting Oger, Champagne

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by Paige Donner March 7th was a day clearly marked on my calendar. I was invited to participate in my first-ever “Vin Clair” or still wine tasting for champagne. In Champagne this is monumental because these are the newly vinified wines that … Continue reading

Napa March And April Events – Art and Taste of Yountville

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With Spring just around the corner, the itch to get outdoors is growing stronger day by day. It’s easy to imagine how the grapevines must be feeling ’round about now… ready to burst forth and get busy bathing their buds … Continue reading

Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour

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Explore more than 150 wines from 40 Paso Robles wineries.   Paso Robles is California’s third largest and fastest growing wine region, so come taste a new vintage from your favorite winery or discover new ones! Wineries from Paso Robles will … Continue reading

Valentine’s a la Paris

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The Hôtel de Crillon invites you to celebrate love in the heart of Paris in its exceptional and romantic setting.Love is In the Air at the Winter Garden From Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 February, 2013 The historic and sumptuous … Continue reading

Champagne And Port Winter Sipping Guide U.S.

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Voila’ – the Winter Edition of the Center for Wine Origins U.S. Tasting Guide. Each bar and restaurant is carefully curated and selected for their comprehensive showcasing of both Port and Champagne. “Each location not only showcases fabulous selections of … Continue reading

Super Bowl Viewing Party Menu at MessHall

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If you’re in LA this weekend – here’s one option where you can munch and watch the fraternal fracas that is Super Bowl XLVII…

Vinexpo Bordeaux June 16 – 20 2013 and Just Released Stats IWSR Study

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THE U.S. CONFIRMS ITS LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD WINE MARKET In 2011, Americans consumed 4.5% more wine than in 2010, which was record growth in one year. Having consumed 317.87 million 9-liter cases (or 3.814 billion bottles), the market exceeded … Continue reading

SHe in Las Vegas – by Morton’s (and Eva Longoria)

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Opened on NYE ’13 in Vegas, Eva “Desperate Housewife” Longoria says her new restaurant is designed to cater to the ladies: small plates and a catwalk. Female-only restaurants are trending right now with another new one set to open on … Continue reading

Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut – Aÿ, Champagne, France

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Bollinger  Special Cuvée Brut – Aÿ, Champagne, France by Paige Donner Tasting Notes :  Hints of roasted apples, spiced apple compote, peaches greet your nose after your eyes have been seduced by the fluttering of fine bubbles in that golden … Continue reading

Figaro French Bakery and Bistro – Now Open In Downtown L.A.

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Figaro on Broadway, brand newly opened and just across from the historic Los Angeles Theater,  serves a full French Bistro menu and boasts a full on-site French bakery (boulangerie / patisserie) with fresh breads, pastries, croissants and other fabulously Frenchy treats … Continue reading

Yannick Alléno’s * 1947 * At Cheval Blanc, Courchevel France

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WHEN: December 12, 2012  until April 7, 2013 Where:  1947, Yannick Alléno’s new Pop-Up Gastronomic artistic culinary odyssey of a restaurant at Cheval Blanc in magical winter playground Courchevel, France Please find here excerpts from the Press Release with my … Continue reading