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

Dinner At Château Latour Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé en 1855

Bordeaux, June 18, 2017  by Paige Donner  (all photos copyright 2017) On a hot summer evening in the Médoc’s Pauillac, Bordeaux guests arriving for the 1855 Grands Crus Classés dinner held this year at Château Latour were greeted with a … Continue reading

Episode 27: Chef Mauro Colagreco & Rooftop Urban Paris Gardening on Paris GOOD food + wine

by Paige Donner One of the World’s Best Chefs, Mauro Colagreco,│ and Urban Rooftop Gardening in Paris ©2017 Paige Donner For this episode of Paris GOOD food + wine, we have with us one of the world’s top chefs, namely … Continue reading

La Comtesse of Chateau St. Martin

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by Paige Donner Wines by the Comtesse Adeline de Barry of Chateau de St. Martin in France’s Var, Provence. Bubbly:  Bulles de Rosé – the color of pink raspberries you’ll find this sparkling…

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

Leader Price France Autumn Wine Sale

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by Paige Donner If you missed the Foire Aux Vins at Leader Price or any of the other Casino Géant affiliate chains such as c-Discount or FranPrix these past few weeks here in…

Episode 18 Paris GOOD food + wine Loire Valley Wines with Paige Donner

Paige Donner, host-producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you a special sweet summer ’16 episode of the program, the first-ever English language radio show and podcast about French food and wine broadcast from Paris. In this show we’ll … Continue reading

The Côte du Rhône’s Cabaret Burlesque Wine Tasting

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Paige Donner Côte du Rhône Wine Tasting in Paris on La Nouvelle Seine The French wine region that is home to Châteauneuf du Pape really knows how to host a wine tasting in…

Wine School in Burgundy

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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…

What’s The Big Deal About 2015 Bordeaux?

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I’ll tell you what the big deal is – this is clearly a vintage to rival the already-legendary 2010. The Association de Grand Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion held its annual wine tasting yesterday…

Waltzing With Chapoutier’s Mathilda Rosé

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“There aren’t many other countries, besides France, that make rosé wines…”. This is the surprising fact I was told by Team Chapoutier at their second annual Mathilda Rosé kick-off in Paris. ? So…

Geant Casino Wine Tasting Paris

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Every Year the Giant Supermarkets in France stage a wine festival in their stores where cases of some of France’s top wines, and also wines yet to be discovered, can be had for…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bus + Gastronomy = Bustronome, Voyage Gourmand

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

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

The Baroness

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

SPIT – Science Politique International Tasting (Competition)

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

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

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

Luxury Travel For Pets

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

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

Champagne Travel At Harvest Time

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

Limoux, Family Guinot and A Brief History of Bubbly

« 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

Champagne & French Wine by Paige Donner

Listen to new episodes of the Paris GOODfood+wine on iTUNES and also broadcast 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 … Continue reading

Chateau Mouton Rothschild – The New Museum and Cellars

Château Mouton Rothschild, June 16, 2013 Pauillac, Bordeaux by Paige Donner Photos by Paige Donner (and one by Anonymous Pirate Photographer) c. Paige Donner 2013   L’Art et L’Etiquette This is the title of the current exhibit at the new … Continue reading

Tuscany Food & Wine app by Acqua Panna

by Paige Donner Ahhh… summer is at long last nearly here. Dream vacation destinations are beginning to dance through our heads like sugar plum fairies in wispy toutous as the languid summer months of promised sunshine begin to magically reveal … Continue reading

I Am Soooo Grapeful

by Paige Donner One of the best wine salons of France, Le Salon du Vin put on by La Revue du Vin de France, takes place annually right around my birthday. To be perfectly honest, there’s really no better way to celebrate the bittersweet passing … Continue reading

Yountville Summer Events

Meet the Winemaker Reception Come meet Cloudburst’s winemaker, Will Berliner from Margaret River, Australia for a complimentary tasting at Lucy Bar. This event will take place TONIGHT, May 16, from 5 to 6:30 pm. In town for two weeks only, … 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

Terroirs et Talents Champagne 2013

So many good champagnes…So little time… All photos by Paige Donner c. 2013 – See FULL SLIDESHOW HERE   It’s hard knowing that I’m the envy of all my wine enthusiast friends and colleagues Stateside and in Canada. My only … Continue reading

Panda Bears And The Climactic Re-zoning of Wine Regions

by Paige Donner What do panda bears and wine have to do with one another? Now that’s a question I never imagined I’d be posing here on myLocal Food And Wine blog. But, according to the recently released (April 8th, … Continue reading

What’s In A Label?

by Paige Donner I want to talk a little bit today about wine labels. In particular, French wine labels. Now, as an American, we all know that unspeakable little secret that we women wine drinkers in the U.S. buy our … Continue reading

Cristal Vibrations

  by Paige Donner This title actually began as a chapter heading for my journal entry about my visit to Champagne Louis Roederer in Reims. But I liked it so much that I’m using it here, too. It just works so beautifully. It … Continue reading

Lallier Vin Clair Tasting Oger, Champagne

by Paige Donner March 7th was a day clearly marked on my calendar. I was invited to participate in my first-ever “Vin Clair” or still wine tasting for champagne. In Champagne this is monumental because these are the newly vinified wines that … Continue reading

Napa March And April Events – Art and Taste of Yountville

With Spring just around the corner, the itch to get outdoors is growing stronger day by day. It’s easy to imagine how the grapevines must be feeling ’round about now… ready to burst forth and get busy bathing their buds … Continue reading

Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour

Explore more than 150 wines from 40 Paso Robles wineries.   Paso Robles is California’s third largest and fastest growing wine region, so come taste a new vintage from your favorite winery or discover new ones! Wineries from Paso Robles will … Continue reading

Cristal Roederer Champagne And Biodynamic Grapes

BY Paige Donner Re-posted from Eco.Luxury.Style Magazine Cristal Roederer champagne is one of the most famous high-end champagnes sold the world over. MANY OF US KNOW IT PROBABLY MORE FOR ITS STARRING ROLE IN RAP SONGS AND MUSIC VIDEOS… AND FOR … Continue reading

Valentine’s a la Paris

The Hôtel de Crillon invites you to celebrate love in the heart of Paris in its exceptional and romantic setting.Love is In the Air at the Winter Garden From Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 February, 2013 The historic and sumptuous … Continue reading

Champagne And Port Winter Sipping Guide U.S.

Voila’ – the Winter Edition of the Center for Wine Origins U.S. Tasting Guide. Each bar and restaurant is carefully curated and selected for their comprehensive showcasing of both Port and Champagne. “Each location not only showcases fabulous selections of … Continue reading

Vinexpo Bordeaux June 16 – 20 2013 and Just Released Stats IWSR Study

THE U.S. CONFIRMS ITS LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD WINE MARKET In 2011, Americans consumed 4.5% more wine than in 2010, which was record growth in one year. Having consumed 317.87 million 9-liter cases (or 3.814 billion bottles), the market exceeded … Continue reading

Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut – Aÿ, Champagne, France

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Bollinger  Special Cuvée Brut – Aÿ, Champagne, France by Paige Donner Tasting Notes :  Hints of roasted apples, spiced apple compote, peaches greet your nose after your eyes have been seduced by the fluttering of fine bubbles in that golden … 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

Madame Champagne Duval-Leroy

by Paige Donner Upon closer examination, you will find many extra-ordinary elements to the Champagne House Duval-Leroy. For starters, there are the champagnes. In Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list of 2008, their Brut NV was the only champagne to make … Continue reading

Champagne Ernest Remy

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If you ever find yourself for a day, or, better yet, a weekend, in Champagne during the Autumn season, use this as a sample daytripping itinerary and you won’t go wrong. Make your main destination Champagne Ernest Remy which is … Continue reading

The Allure of Bio-dynamic Wines

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The consistently high quality of bio-dynamic wines is winning out over their reputation of a cultish way to cultivate grapes. Here are two recent Mainstream Media Reports about Bio-dynamic wines. The first is a French news report during this year’s … Continue reading

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Oct. 26th is Global Champagne Day!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥Chérie Du Vin – You will LOVE my wine picks! The French Wine Society earns mention within the pages of a murder-mystery written by award-winning author J. Michael Orenduff. [Re-posted from The French Wine Society– visit their … Continue reading

Cognac Charity Auction Raises €136,800 ($177,046)

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[From Press Release] The prestigious annual Cognac Awards were presented before the auction, going to two Americans. Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, was presented with “Cognac Personality of the Year Award”, and acclaimed spirits … Continue reading

Vendanges, Champagne 2012

Scenes of Harvest 2012, Champagne, France.

Local wisdom is predicting an exceptional year for Chardonnay, especially.

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Best Red Winemaker Award

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Announcement from Gerard Bertrand, CHATEAU L’HOSPITALET

Bonjour,
We have the pleasure to announce you that Gérard Bertrand has been awarded on Tuesday “Red Winemaker of the Year” by the International Wine Challenge after winning 46 awards and three trophies for its wines.
With 10,000 wines from around the world tasted by the jury of experts the International Wine Challenge is one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the world.
We are really honored to dedicate this Trophy to you (Gérard Bertrand is at 5’20”).
www.gerard-bertrand.com

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Saint-Emilion Wines 2012 Classification

by Paige Donner   [First Published on Technorati] Just released is the new 2012 Saint-Emilion Classification which ranks 82 of the most respected chateaux and wineries of Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux. Four made it into the Premier Grand Cru Classé A rank: … Continue reading

Gosset Champagne

by Paige Donner

There are two new exciting developments at Gosset Champagne. The first is its “new” cellars and the second is its brand new eco-friendly bottle labels.

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Gosset Champagne Epernay Cellars

For the “oldest wine house” (est. 1584)  in Champagne to expand much of their operations to Epernay from Aÿ, is no small feat.  It’s also not as if there are exquisite champagne cellars up for sale every day in Epernay. Most of the cellars in this quaint little Capitale du Champagne have been inhabited for centuries and mostly by the really big boys, you know the ones, the household name champagnes. Continue reading

California Wine Month – September

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Join the California Wine Institute and Girl Meets Grape at The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills on Thursday, September 6th from 6-9 pm and taste your way around the state (70+ wineries! – see below) as we kick off California Wine Month 2012.

More Info: http://discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth

Valet parking is included with ticket price and tickets are extremely limited. Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate California wine without leaving LA!

Heitz – Ovid – Baldacci – Trefethen – Viader – Kenefick Ranch – Kenwood Vineyards – Wrath – Bernardus – Pianetta – J. Lohr – Noble Vines – Ventana Vineyards – McCay Cellars – Machhia – Borra Vineyards – Talley – Saucelito Canyon – Laetitia – Ancient Peaks – Tangent – Zocker – Santa Cruz Mountain – Cooper-Garrod – Bargetto – Beauregard Vineyards – Silver Mountain – Woodside – Villa Creek – Adelaida – Eberle – Hope Family – Justin – Tablas Creek – Villa Creek – Brewer-Clifton – Foxen – Margerum – Buttonwood Farm – Grassini Family – Riverbench Vineyard & Winery – Balletto – Davis Bynum – Alexander Valley Vineyards – Chateau St Jean – Landmark – Quivara – Etude – J Vineyards and Winery – The Lucas Winery – Heritage Oak Winery – Michael David Winery – St. Amant Winery – Joel Gott – Rosa d’Oro – Six Sigma – The Steven Kent Winery – Mitchell Katz – Wente – Cedar Mountain – Concannon Winery – Fenestra Winery – Baily – Palumbo Family – Monte de Oro – Robert Renzoni – South Coast – Wilson Creek – Bonterra – Beringer Vineyards – Robert Mondavi Winery

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Maison J. De Telmont

by Paige Donner

The J. De Telmont House of Champagne located in Damery, France counts itself among the major twenty champagne houses of the region. Considering the players who are on that team, this is no small accomplishment for a family-owned and still family-run Champagne House.

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Route du Champagne

by Paige Donner

Article first published as Route du Champagne on Technorati.Every year for a weekend in summer, champagne houses along the Côte des Bar open their doors and welcome visitors for champagne tastings, cellar visits, art exhibits and live music acts.

The catch? Get this – not only is there NO catch, but to drink your fill of fine French champagne straight from the vineyards costs you a whopping 15 Euros – TOTAL.

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Philipponnat Champagne’s Clos des Goisses

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First published as Philipponnat Champagne’s Clos des Goisses on Technorati.
Very few families, even in France’s historic Champagne region, can date their ancestral roots in the region as far back as 500 years. The family of Philipponnat, namesake of the champagne, is one of these rarities. Not only are they still in the region where their ancestors settled in 1522, they are still in the small village of Mareuil-sur-Ay. It’s also how they came up with their prestige cuvées name “1522.” A few vinification traditions this house respects that have great bearing on their champagnes:

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  • Philipponnat uses only the first press juice for vinification
  • Moderate dosage
  • Mostly Pinot Noir grapes during blending
  • Barrel-fermented wines (which is not the total amount of the must) do not undergo malolactic fermentation
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Champagne Mignon And Billionaires Row

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Article first published as Champagne Mignon And Billionaires Row on Technorati.

Nestled in the sleepy, gentile hillsides of Épernay, France you will find the House of Champagne Charles Mignon. One of the last remaining fully family-owned and run champagne houses in France, this medium-sized producer issues about 100,000 cases or approximately 1.2 million bottles a year. The house, now in its 3rd generation of family ownership/stewardship, has been a member of the Union des Maisons de Champagne since 2003. Its wines have been listed in the Guide Hachette since 1999.

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In other words, Champagne Charles Mignon is one of the purest types of champagne money can buy and even its philosophy of winemaking, of not aging the juice in wood because, “like a beautiful woman, it doesn’t need any make up,” is a philosophy of purity and elegance. Continue reading

OenoPass Champagne France

by Paige Donner

Article first published as OenoPass Champagne France on Technorati.

Just launched last week by France’s Champagne region is the wine tourist friendly OenoPass. Think of it as an amusement park pass that you pre-pay where the attractions are picturesque champagne houses and working wineries as well as Champagne cultural points of interest.

From now until the end of 2012, the OenoPass is also a great bargain. For 50Euros (instead of the regular price of 100Euros) you get 10 ticket coupons which allow you entry, most of them accompanied by a champagne tasting, into all ten participating partner venues.

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De Vinis Illustribus, Paris

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Tucked practically underneath Paris’s Pantheon is the 17th c. cellar and mythical wine shop, De Vinis Illustribus.  When current owners, husband and wife Lionel and Dominique Michelin, took over the cellars in 1994 from the legendary Jean-Baptiste Besse, a wine lover and connoisseur who welcomed the likes of Papa Hemingway to his shop back in the day, it looked nothing like it does now.

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