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

Three French Wines For Thanksgiving: Fixin, Fat Bastard and Colombelle

Thanksgiving is here and it’s time for feasting. As a nation, we have surely earned it this year with all the election stress. Now it’s time to relax with loved ones over the long weekend and enjoy good food,  home … Continue reading

Episode 21 Paris GOOD food + wine November 2016

Paige Donner, host-producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you the November ’16 episode of the program, the first-ever English language radio show and podcast about French food and wine broadcast from Paris. To contact Paige for hosting and … Continue reading

Wine School in Burgundy

Originally posted on Chérie Du Vin:
by Paige Donner Just the mention of Burgundy wines gets most wine lovers’ taste buds salivating and their minds conjuring up those exquisite moments when they’ve tasted these delightful wines. Burgundy wines are…

Corton & Corton-Charlemagne #bourgogneGJB

2016 brought spectacular sunny spring weather throughout the Grands Jours de Bourgogne. Save for the last day, Friday (my 4th straight day of tasting many of the world’s best wines – more strenuous than perhaps it appears).  Lots of people … Continue reading

Grands Jours de Bourgogne – Meursault & Volnay

Saving the best for last… the 5th day of #bourgogneGJB included tastings of Meursault and Volnay.  It was my fourth day of tasting some of the best wines of the world and it felt, truly, like an embarrassment of riches. … 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

Beaune Fresh Market – Easter Weekend en Bourgogne

Pictures tell a thousand words… A little sightseeing in Beaune’s Saturday fresh market at the end of #bourgogneGJB   All photos © Paige Donner 2016  @localfoodwine  @localfoodwine #ParisFoodAndWine App

Château du Clos de Vougeot

Tuesday’s tastings #bourgogneGJB @ the Château du Clos de Vougeot. All photos copyright Paige Donner 2016 Classified historic monument set in the middle of this most prestigious Burgundian enclosed vineyards. The artwork, the wine museum, ancient pressoir and the grounds … Continue reading

Chateau de Pommard, Bourgogne

A few snapshots of Château de Pommard, recently acquired by Michael Baum. Featured also in the photos are his winemaker, Emmanuel Sala and his Chief Commercial Officer, Ann Feely. Listen to their upcoming feature interviews on #Paris GOODfood+wine airing on … Continue reading

Episode 14 Paris GOODfood+wine Happy Valentine’s Day From Paris!

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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

Episode 8 GOODfood+wine on World Radio

posted by Paige Donner   Episode 8 of GOODfood+wine (Music J by Domestic Pressures) In tribute to last month’s announcement that both Burgundy and Champagne are now included as UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites, I am running interviews on this … Continue reading

Les Tontons Trinqueurs Edition 2015

by Paige Donner  What’s better than sipping Burgundy on a barge parked along the Seine in Paris? The wittily named Les TonTons Trinqueurs (which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the old cult French comedy film, les TonTons Flingueurs, or Crooks … Continue reading

Dijon in Pictures

“La Chouette” the owl featured in a few of the photos. A visit to Dijon without finding La Chouette is not really a visit to Dijon. Continue reading

Hospices de Beaune 2014 Burgundy Wine Auction Breaks All Previous Records

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

le Winelab by Bettane + Desseauve

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

World Radio Paris – Paris GOODfood+wine & World of Wine hosted by Paige Donner

World Radio Paris WRP is Paris’s first-ever all-English radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Editorial Update March 1st 2015:  World of Wine, the five minute weekly program I hosted about wine is now folded into … Continue reading

Burgundy Preview Harvest 2013

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

Sirius XM Satellite’s Green Is Good Radio Features Paige Donner, Founder Local Food And Wine

Paige Donner, journalist, blogger, eco-activist, actor/filmmaker and more, returns to the show from Paris to discuss her passion for local food and wine. Donner became more interested in the marriage of regional wines and local food when she was in … Continue reading

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

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

Support The Film!… Win A Wine Vacation

As a Thank You we’re offering you a Bonus Perk.  We’re optimistic that we’ll reach our film production fundraising goal for Wine & Climate Change, but we can’t do it without people like you.  Word-of-mouth and shared links have really … Continue reading

Top 2012 Hospices de Beaune Burgundy Wines

by Paige Donner Corton Grand Cru – Charlotte Dumay Recently I was privileged to taste some of the great Hospices de Beaune (Burgundy) wines. These were the 2012 vintages, so not only are they “babies,” they are still infants. Which … Continue reading

Burgundy’s Abuzz About Their 2012 Reds

by Paige Donner The excitement is all around and the consensus is in – Burgundy 2012 Reds are going to be great. Speaking from Sunday’s Press Conference Podium at Beaune’s Hotel Dieu, just before the beginning of the 152nd Hospices … Continue reading

Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2012

[Press Release]

Last Thursday at Château du Clos de Vougeot, the GJB Association – and through it the entire regional wine industry – presented awards to a journalist, a photographer, and a television show for their pedagogical work highlighting the Burgundy wine culture. This was an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of these professions and the difficulties they often encounter.

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Three Press Trophy Winners! Crédit photo : Jean-Louis Bernuy

Another success for the GJB – last week, this 11th edition brought together the trade from around the world (2,200). With 5% increased attendance compared to 2010 – an overwhelming endorsement for the show providing an opportunity for the trade to taste the wines in the heart of the region that brought them into being.

This success seems to confirm the upturn in 2011, in particular marked by strong growth in export sales (+16.5%). At €666.5 million, this is the 2nd best result, in terms of value, in Burgundy’s history. While Europe is stagnating, the U.S. is becoming the number 1 export market (+33% in value and +19% by volume) and the China-Hong Kong duo is approaching the Top 5 (doubling sales to €34 million). In Japan, where the strong yen has boosted exports, Burgundies have exceeded their peak value by more than 10% (+20% to €85 million).

It is in this context that Pierre-Henry Gagey, Chairman of the Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB), honored the Press Trophy winners, hailing those without whom “our wines would not have acquired their international reputation.”

Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2012 – A few figures :

  • ”  2,200 visitors, +5% compared to 2010

  • ”  10,274 of total admissions, an average of +20% of visitors per event

  • ”  More than 1,000 new contacts recorded during pre-registration

  • ”  42% of French (45% in 2010) and 58% foreign visitors (55% in 2010)

  • ”  44 different countries were represented with first visit from people coming from New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Seychelles, Mexico, Finland, Slovakia and Lebanon

Yukino Kano, Japan, received the trophy for the “Press Article” category for her special feature entitled “Les Terres de l’épopée [The land of the epic tale],” published in December 2011 Japanese magazine Nile’s Nile. The jury of professionals and journalists especially enjoyed this feature’s poetic and very educational aspects evoking the lands and history of Côtes de Beaune and de Nuits.

A native Burgundian was awarded the first trophy for the “Photography” category (new for this edition). Armelle Hudelot was recognized for her catalog dedicated to the Burgundy Vineyard Climats, published in 2010. The jury was touched by the aesthetics and attention to detail transcribing the diversity of elements that make the mosaic of Burgundy Climats unique in the world.

Exceptionally this year, the jury wanted to commend France 3 Bourgogne’s TV initiative, by awarding a special prize for the program “Millésime.” Broadcast once a month on Sunday at 11 a.m., it explores the wine-making world through current topics (harvest, vinification, Climats, discovering professions, food and wine, exploring appellations…). As he presented the award to Muriel Bessard, the show’s creator, and Jean-Pierre Stucki, France 3 Bourgogne TV Director, Pierre-Henry Gagey explained this decision: “This choice – in French public television – is an act of courage, given the vigilance of some and the difficulties caused by the Evin law and jurisprudence.”

The GJB came to an end on Saturday in the sun with the Chevaliers du Tastevin’s Spring Tastevinage.

Mark your calendars now for the GJB’s 12th edition in 2014!

Notes From Burgundy

[From Bourgogne Newsletter]

BURGUNDY WINE SCHOOL

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BURGUNDY WINE SCHOOL
For full details see ecoledesvins-bourgogne.comThe Wine School’s programme

The Burgundy Wine School has launched its 2012 programme. This year is likely to be a full one, as it includes three new features: sessions on food and wine pairing with Burgundy wines; sessions in English in September and October and the organisation of a 3-day programme (in English) as part of the Hospices de Beaune wine auction.

These new offerings will be added to the rich catalogue of around sixty training courses aimed at the general public, not to mention the “Coaching” and “Tailor-made services” (from 3 hours to several days) set up by the School.

The Wine School also manages the Aroma Cellars, with around fifty exhibitions per year. In 2011, 2,550 people attended training courses at the Burgundy Wine School and gave it an average score of 17.6 out of 20.

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