Veuillez dîner au Château d’Yquem à Sauternes?

by Paige DonnerWhen the gold-enclosed invitation first arrived, my initial thought was, ‘I need to frame this.’ It’s a dreams-do-come-true moment when you find yourself sitting down to dinner at the mythic Château d’Yquem in Bordeaux’s Sauternes region in the … Continue reading

Beer Is The New Climate Change Casualty

by Paige Donner Brace yourselves, your preferred cold brew may soon become a hot commodity. The price of beer is set to double, triple, even quadruple in the coming years. That’s what a team of international scientists have predicted when … Continue reading

Lanson + Viticulture Durable en Champagne (VDC)

by Paige Donner Tasted today at Pavillon Ledoyen’s hosted Patisserie and Champagne Salon (Paris) was Lanson’s just-about-to-be-released organic and Demeter certified champagne. Notes of citrus, yellow fruits, fresh and mineral, this champagne has been aged 3 years and is the … Continue reading

Vins de Bergerac Southwest France

by Paige Donner It seems that everyone these days can’t get enough of the wines from the Southwest of France, namely the Bergerac region. It’s likely just a coincidence that Wine Enthusiast named it their region of the year for … Continue reading

Food And The Human Spirit

by Paige Donner Here at Local Food And Wine we love shining the spotlight on our fellow media creators who tell special tales about the sacred and symbiotic relationship between humans and their food. This week’s West Coast Live show … Continue reading

Le Domaine Famille Picard – Burgundy

by Paige Donner (photos © 2017) After enjoying a successful career in marketing with Nike, Francine Picard rejoined her family’s Burgundy wine estate the same year that her brother did, too – at the end of the 1990s.  Since 2010 they … Continue reading

#bourgogneGJB Mercurey + Jeunes Talent

My 3rd day of the Grands Jours Bourgogne featured a tasting spotlighting Mercurey producers and another featuring Young Talent.  It’s also the day that features the best lunch by far, put on by Chef Didier Denis and his team. A … Continue reading

Tasting – Le Grand Auxerrois à Paris

Held at the restaurant that Wine Spec recently named Paris’ best, Les Climats (Paris’ 7th arr), this tasting showcased gorgeous Burgundian wines that often don’t get enough attention… I’m talking Irancy, Saint-Bris, Chitry, Epineuil, Coulanges-la-Vineuse, Tonnerre, Aligoté and Vézelay. These … Continue reading

Food Books by French Authors Make Good Gifts

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

Résistance Naturelle

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