Transport Yourself to the South of France with Wine in Biscayne Times

You don't have to twist my arm! My September Vino column for Miami's Biscayne Times newspaper is about the wines of Gérard Bertrand. He's known around the world for his iconic "South of France" lifestyle and biodynamic winemaking, as well as his annual Jazz à l’Hospitalet music festival that takes place at his Château L’Hospitalet... Continue Reading →

The Battle of Verdun: How To Visit the Battlefield Near Champagne, France on Winetraveler.com

I'll admit that I was reluctant to visit the battlefields in Northeastern France that mark the place where the longest battle of World War I took place. The drive is slightly out of the way from the vineyards of Champagne, which was our intended destination from the start. After visiting the historic sites of Verdun,... Continue Reading →

On Coravin: What’s So Special About Châteauneuf-du-Pape?

If you find yourself traveling north to south through France, there's a good chance that you may end up somewhere along the beautiful Rhône River at some point during your journey. In fact, during a recent trip through French wine country, we ended up inadvertently crossing that river a total of about 20 times--although, this is... Continue Reading →

Beyond Bubbles: The Essence of Champagne

Pop and fizz, tiny pearlescent bubbles of celebration. Another year has begun, and the drink of choice to commemorate a joyous moment of camaraderie and excitement? Champagne: The iconic bubbly and companion to all momentous occasions universally. How did this wine beverage become so synonymous with celebrations? At what moment did Champagne become the standard of... Continue Reading →

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