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9 Things You Should Know About Rémy Martin

9 Things You Should Know About Rémy Martin

With multi-platinum fans and skyrocketing sales, Rémy Martin is, in many circles, synonymous with luxury. The 1724 company set the standard for VSOP Cognacs worldwide, and has seen its fair share of 20th-century corporatization. It has a curious connection to college basketball, too, and a far-reaching family tree. Want to learn more? Here are nine […]

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A High-Flying History of Champagne, Hot-Air Balloons, and French Farmers

A High-Flying History of Champagne, Hot-Air Balloons, and French Farmers

Sipping Champagne aboard a hot-air balloon sounds like an over-the-top photo op designed for and by the Instagram era, but the practice has 250-year-old roots. Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, a chemistry and physics teacher, and military officer François Laurent le Vieux d’Arlandes, took the maiden voyage into the sky on a hot-air balloon on Nov. […]

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Not Every ‘Natural Wine’ Is Responsibly Farmed

Not Every ‘Natural Wine’ Is Responsibly Farmed

The “natural wine” trend has swept the food and wine industry, and lifestyle publications from Vogue to Playboy are covering the phenomenon. The benefits for small wineries have been huge; but, unfortunately, most of the conversations surrounding natural wine neglect its most important component: farming responsibly. Biodynamics, the method of farming preferred in the natural wine world, […]

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Campuget Costières de Nîmes ‘1753’ Syrah 2016, Rhône Valley, France

Campuget Costières de Nîmes ‘1753’ Syrah 2016, Rhône Valley, France

Of all the appellations in France’s vast Rhône Valley, Costières de Nîmes is among the more obscure and least celebrated. But the area, which is the Rhône’s southernmost appellation and borders Languedoc, offers some excellent wines and great values. One of them is from Château de Campuget, the “1753” Syrah 2016. At around $18, it […]

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The Nazi-Defying History of the Kir Royale Cocktail

The Nazi-Defying History of the Kir Royale Cocktail

During World War II, as Americans were planting backyard victory gardens, residents of Burgundy, France responded to wartime privation in the most French way imaginable: They created an elegant cocktail out of Nazi-resistant wine. The Kir cocktail is made with one part crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and four parts dry white wine.

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Raise a Whole Glass for Charity at the Reboule du Rhône

Raise a Whole Glass for Charity at the Reboule du Rhône

New York City has no shortage of bespoke wine tastings. Charity events aren’t rare, either. But the second annual Reboule du Rhône, November 15-18, 2018, is the best of both worlds. Patrons can enjoy exciting wines from some of the region’s most renowned winemakers, and, because all proceeds go to No Kid Hungry, they can […]

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Exploring Ancient Alchemy and Remote Terrain to Find France’s Best-Kept Wine Secret

Exploring Ancient Alchemy and Remote Terrain to Find France’s Best-Kept Wine Secret

Four hundred years before Portugal began producing Port, an alchemist in France discovered the method, known as mutage, of creating fortified wines. Yes, in 1284 A.D., a fellow who dabbled in magic in an effort to turn ordinary metals into gold changed the course of wine history. This tinkerer was named Arnaldus de Villanova.

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