Resonance Extra Brut

Marie Courtin Resonance Champagne

Marie Courtin's Résonance Champagne is luxurious. The lemony yellow wine offers flavors of citrus and green apple, and is both refreshing and smooth. The very low dosage allows this wine to pair nicely with just about any meal, as well as hold its own as a stand alone drink. If you are looking for a … Continue reading Marie Courtin Resonance Champagne

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Champagne Taste-Off: Champagne vs. Methode Champenoise

Over the past few months, I have learned quite a bit about my favorite wine - Champagne.  I know that Champagne is only Champagne if from Champagne, France, and I recently learned about Growers Champagne - those wineries that grow their own grapes for their Champagne. I was recently introduced to Methode Champenoise - basically … Continue reading Champagne Taste-Off: Champagne vs. Methode Champenoise

Loire Valley Dessert Wine, Grains Nobles

I recently opened a bottle of 2003 Philippe Delesvaux "Grains Nobles".  The wine is from the Loire Valley and the wine maker, Philippe Delesvaux pours his heart and soul into his wine. The grapes he used for this wine, Chenin Blanc, are hand-picked and averaging 40 years of age, planted to soils containing sedimentary rock, slate … Continue reading Loire Valley Dessert Wine, Grains Nobles

Chateau Miraval Under New Celebrity Ownership, Oh Jeez

When my husband informed me on Thursday that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased Chateau Miraval, my first response was: "of course they did." I also assume they adopted a village of orphans and found a cure for some rare disease.  #BitterMuch? I first stumbled upon Chateau Miraval and their Pink Floyd Rosé during my … Continue reading Chateau Miraval Under New Celebrity Ownership, Oh Jeez

A Fond Adieu to France with a Grower Champagne Tasting

Before I start my journey into Spain, I wanted to close out my trip through France with my favorite French wine - Champagne.  I recently participated in a "Grower Champagne" tasting.   Grower Champagne, I learned, is when the Champagne is produced at the same estate where the grapes are grown. The winemaker has complete control … Continue reading A Fond Adieu to France with a Grower Champagne Tasting

Chateau Miraval Pink Floyd 2010 and Ratatouille

I have arrived at my  final stop in France: Provence. I had to put my trip on hold for a week - I was suffering from a cold and could not taste or smell a thing.   But now I am healthy and excited to continue my journey! I had been looking forward to this stop for … Continue reading Chateau Miraval Pink Floyd 2010 and Ratatouille

Domaine Courtois Cotes du Rhone Paired with Salade Lyonnaise Sandwich

I have arrived in the Rhone Valley and, like all of the French wine regions, there are many sub-regions.  I decide to go with Lyon - mostly because it is the gastronomy capital of France.  The first order of business is to figure out what to eat. Maybe it is because it is winter or … Continue reading Domaine Courtois Cotes du Rhone Paired with Salade Lyonnaise Sandwich

Silex Noir Vouvray and Fricassee de Poulet

One of the great outcomes of my wine and cuisine research are all the great people I am meeting and the different blogs that I am finding.  I decided to make my next stop the Loire Valley, with a mission to try Vouvray. I made a trip to my local Wine store, West Seattle Cellars, … Continue reading Silex Noir Vouvray and Fricassee de Poulet

Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau de La Dauphine Bordeaux and Steak with Bordelaise – Bon Appetit

I left the Beaujolais province and headed to Bordeaux.  The one thing that excited me most about the Bordeaux region was the dessert.  One of my favorite cookies, coconut macaroons (or rocher coco) are native to this region.  I love coconut macaroons.  They are chewy, sweet and delicious.  And if you have one that is … Continue reading Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau de La Dauphine Bordeaux and Steak with Bordelaise – Bon Appetit

Pairing Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais and Thanksgiving Dinner

After leaving Alsace, I had originally planned on heading straight to Bordeaux, but my plans were changed.  I ended up making a stop in the Beaujolais province - an area of France that is located north of Lyon and intersects two different wine regions - the Rhone and Burgundy. My brother Ian, who had originally … Continue reading Pairing Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais and Thanksgiving Dinner