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A Look Inside the Ancient Underground Tunnels Housing Some of the World’s Finest Champagne

A Look Inside the Ancient Underground Tunnels Housing Some of the World’s Finest Champagne

A hundred and six steps below the Maison Charles Heidsieck in the city of Reims lies a vast underground world. The crayères — a network of cavernous chambers hewn from ancient Gallo-Romain quarries — is the prized place for aging Champagnes in perfect conditions (dark, humid, and a constant 10 degrees Celsius). Today these crayères are home to […]

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Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]

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This French Wine You’ve Never Heard of Is Perfect for the Holidays

This French Wine You’ve Never Heard of Is Perfect for the Holidays

If you haven’t heard of Rivesaltes, Maury, or vins doux naturels, you’re not alone. Despite their rich history, these jewels from the South of France get almost no press — especially compared to other dessert wines like port or sherry. But Rivesaltes deserves a closer look. It has a Grenache base, warm amber color, and flavors perfectly suited […]

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You Should Be Drinking Coffee Like the French

You Should Be Drinking Coffee Like the French

Here in America, we’re sometimes obsessed with the French: their style, their cuisine, their simple joie de vivre. We just can’t get enough of their every move, from baguettes to bistros, from lunch wine to lavender, they seem to do everything right. Between moving a little slower yet still remaining effortlessly elegant, we all secretly strive to be […]

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