In June 2018, Bordeaux celebrated the 20th anniversary of Bordeaux Fête le Vin, the biggest wine tourism event in Europe. Nearly 62,000 people turned out for the five-day event. It’s no secret that Bordeaux is one of the world’s premier winemaking regions and in recent years, a top tourism destination — nearly 6 million people visit […]
The south of France is not known for its Pinot Noirs. That distinction, of course, belongs to Burgundy, which is synonymous with the variety and the benchmark region to which Pinots throughout the world are compared. But the south of France, which is defined by red grapes that do better in a warmer climate, such […]
Oak is winemakers’ salt. Used correctly, it can increase the intensity and complexity of wine, add attractive flavors, and elongate the finish. When it comes to “seasoning” wine with oak, winemakers have several options — and very different intentions. In white wines, oak can impart notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel; in reds, oak adds […]
Nico de Soto’s name is synonymous with cocktail culture. At Mace, his small but mighty cocktail bar in New York City’s East Village, the internationally accented drinks are a direct reflection of de Soto’s decorated passport. A native Frenchman, avid traveler, and global bar veteran, de Soto is a cotton tee-clad impresario. His smart, creative palate […]
An orange-scented, Cognac-based spirit that packs a boozy punch, Grand Marnier means a lot of things to a lot of people. A Gallic liqueur with immense history, it is equally at home in a Margarita or canonical French dessert. What should you know about the spirit too savvy to be called anything but “grand”? Here […]
France’s Loire Valley is best known for its white wines, mainly Sauvignon Blancs and Chenin Blancs from such famous appellations as Sancerre, Vouvray, and Savennières. But this large and varied region is also worth exploring for its terroir-driven red wines, which typically have moderate levels of alcohol and often have highly attractive price tags.
When it comes to Chardonnay, I prefer a leaner, lower-alcohol style with subtle oak treatment, which means that I naturally gravitate toward Burgundy, the French region that sets a benchmark against which Chardonnay throughout the world is compared, if not judged. The same is true for Pinot Noir, Burgundy’s signature red variety.
For most summer drinkers, warm weather means rosé. Specifically, Provencal rosé. Even though pink wines exist in every region of the wine world, the very idea of Provence — replete with yacht parties, movie stars, and, yes, lots of pink drink — is pretty irresistible. Of course, Corsica, Sancerre, California, Spain, and Italy are all […]
While Côtes du Rhône is the largest and best-known appellation in France’s vast Rhône Valley, producing and shipping container loads of reliable and relatively affordable red, white, and rosé wines, it’s worth getting to know some of the region’s smaller appellations, especially those in the north.