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

Champagnes William Deutz and J. Pierron Leglise

by Paige Donner One bottle of Champagne requires the equivalent of all the fruit from a single vine. Grands Marques & Maisons de Champagnes  A few things these two different champagnes, from very different houses, have in common is that … Continue reading

Episode 15 Paris GOOD food + wine

For this Episode of Paris GOOD food + wine we’ll be starting right out of the gate with a tribute to Paris Fashion Week. Paris Fashion Week takes place twice a year, in October and March, with March seeming to … 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

Tasting The Unexpected at Bordeaux’s Vinexpo 2015

by Paige Donner Vinexpo Bordeaux is all work and no play. These photos and video from the four days spent there earlier this week give a good strong visual indication of exactly what I mean. I suppose it’s really simply … Continue reading

Champagne and The Art Nouveau of Perrier-Jouët’s Maison-Belle Epoque

by Paige Donner There are frequent associations between art and champagne, but it’s particularly Art Nouveau that is most linked with this wine. Some art historians reference the culture of the Roaring 20’s (Les Années Folles in French, or literally the … Continue reading

Atelier Dom Pérignon

Set right in the mythical Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers, where Dom Pérignon is said to have discovered the méthode Champenoise, is now the Atelier Dom Pérignon. l’Atelier Dom Pérignon à l’Abbaye d’Hautvillers Full Slide Show On Chérie Du Vin  All … Continue reading

Lanson Black Label – preview

This is one of the best videos I’ve yet seen released by a champagne house. It’s by Lanson and it previews their Black Label cuvée. It also introduces their new cellar master. It’s brief and to the point. Every bit … Continue reading

Champagne – Beyond The Bubbles… And Over The Rainbow

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

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