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

France – L.A. Culinary Connection March 11th to 14 – It’s All About The Cuisine, Bébé

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Sponsored Post Over twenty Michelin-Starred Chefs and James Beard Award Nominees and Winners represented in second annual culinary showcase at L.A. LIVE, March 11-14, 2015 All-Star Chef Classic showcases renowned domestic and international chef talent in a series of interactive … Continue reading

Champagne – Beyond The Bubbles… And Over The Rainbow

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Rainbows are visions They’re only illusions Rainbows have nothing to hide … From, The Rainbow Connection Beyond Bubbles : The Essence of Champagne by Paige Donner I have never seen so many rainbows as I see when I’m in Champagne. Not … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Incites Passion For…Chocolate!

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by Paige Donner This Valentine’s Day why not indulge in a bit of self-love?  Yes, I mean CHOCOLATE! The good thing about eating chocolate is that it’s actually included in the grouping of Nature’s Super Foods. Gotta love nature! If … Continue reading

Episode 2 GOODfood+wine aka Paris GOODfood+wine Airs February 15th

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by Paige Donner If you read French and keep on top of French culinary news, you may already have bookmarked several of these articles that buzzed around the social media waves these past weeks, namely how France is mounting a … Continue reading

I Love Lemons, Frozen Too

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Reblogged by Paige Donner I have a major lemon addiction. I confess. And it’s not just during detox time, after the holidays. It’s a year-round thing. Lemonade in the summer, hot water, lemon and honey in the winter. So what … Continue reading

Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh AOC – The Other Sweet French Wine

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by Paige Donner The World of Wine has endless gems in store for you to discover. That is what’s so riveting about continuing along the path of wine exploration. Just when you think you’ve come across most of France’s highlights, … Continue reading

Gérard Bertrand’s Book About His Life In Wine

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All photos by Paige Donner © Gérard Bertrand is one of those rare Frenchmen in wine – a former rugby star who took over the family business of wine when he retired from his illustrious sports career. Since his father George’s … Continue reading

Food Books by French Authors Make Good Gifts

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Author’s note: as a stunning example of the cultural communications chasm that still exists between France and the rest of the culinary world, imagine standing in a room of food and wine journalists at a chef’s book award event in France and having everyone swear to you that they’ve never heard of Zagat’s! No kidding. Continue reading

Café en Capitale from Yannick Alléno

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by Paige Donner For this year, his Christmas gateaux (cakes) have taken on the role of representing, in delicately edible patisserie form, several of the great monuments of Paris. Continue reading

Hospices de Beaune 2014 Burgundy Wine Auction Breaks All Previous Records

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by Paige Donner This year’s Hospices de Beaune wine auction, the celebrated annual Burgundy wine event, not only surpassed all previous record sales years, but surpassed it in spades !  Listen to my full report HERE at World of Wine on World … Continue reading

Christmas Yule Logs And Paris – A Sweet Tradition

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by Paige Donner (all photos copyright Paige Donner) Every year about this time, as the leaves turn their gold, yellow, orange and red, a sweet tradition overtakes Paris. That tradition is the annual presentation by France’s superstar chefs of their … Continue reading

Bus + Gastronomy = Bustronome, Voyage Gourmand

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by Paige Donner Move over foodtrucks, because France has re-envisioned the gourmet food on wheels concept and it’s called the Bustronome. Only in Paris!  This surely qualifies as one of those Only in Paris experiences.  The French, as you know, … Continue reading

London Wine Experience

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sponsored post  Bettane+Desseauve are going Anglophone. Well, probably not quite. BUT the esteemed French wine duo, heralded as two of France’s top wine writers and critics, are holding their third London wine event. It’s happening October 24 & 25th. 3rd … Continue reading

Local Long Island Girl Scout Makes A Difference – One Restaurant At A Time

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by Brittany Winter (featured guest blogger) Zandra Genovese, a young Long Islander and Girl Scout is making a huge difference for those people who use wheelchairs for mobility on Long Island. Zandra Genovese, a young Long Islander and Girl Scout is … Continue reading

Moby Chimes In With Hollywood Food Voices

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by Paige Donner Check out this new video, just dropped today, West Coast time, by Moby and Hollywood Food Voices: “We Need Our Bees A Lot More Than They Need Us” – Moby paraphrasing Einstein https://www.youtube.com/embed/8h2Qr_5gyN0 “If the bees go, … Continue reading

Kale vs. Watercress

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Just when we were all getting comfortable with kale… along comes watercress to mix everything up. So what is all this fuss about watercress packing more of a nutritional punch than kale? Based on a study carried out by researchers … Continue reading

The Baroness

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by Paige Donner Last summer, while attending Vinexpo in Bordeaux, I had the great good fortune to be issued a Press invitation to the Gala Dinner held at Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, hosted by Madame Philippine de Rothschild. The gala … Continue reading

Luau To Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

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Guest Post by Brittany Winter On a day of remembrance, Long Island companies team up to give back to our nation’s bravest.   On September 11th   2014 – The Sporting News Grill and BluChip marketing will be collaborating to throw a Summer … Continue reading

Ice Cream On The Champs-Elysées

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by Paige Donner All photos copyright Paige Donner 2014. Summer time means ice cream. But what a – NICE! – surprise to find an ice cream truck parked right on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. And not just anywhere on the … Continue reading

Cat and Doggy Treats, Miamm Meeoww!

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by Paige Donner The photos above are of Kléopatre, the new cat at Hotel Le Bristol, Paris. She was welcomed, befittingly, on a palanquin. These (chocolate) sardine tins, filled with yummy little cookies were made by no less than a … 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

Champagne Travel At Harvest Time

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by Paige Donner All photos copyright Paige Donner 2013 All Rights Reserved Paige is the host of World of Wine radio program on WorldRadioParis. Planning a trip through Champagne during harvest time might at first feel like mission impossible, but if … 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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