Episode 42: The Feast Is In The First Bite – Chefs Ludo Lefebvre & Nina Métayer

by Paige Donner The feast is in the first bite. I came across this phrase recently listening to a science program on the radio about how human taste buds function. Click on the Above Picture or HERE TO LISTEN TO … 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

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 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

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

Cité du Champagne

Every year in September France celebrates their Heritage Days, called the Journées du Patrimoine. This year, I dared to take a preview peek at one of the few new fabulous developments in Champagne. The oldest co-operative in Champagne, known now … 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