Wine + Spirits

  • Pousse Rapière - A Taste of the Past (with Recipe)

    By Sue Aran

    Pousse Rapière, a rapiers thrust, is the signature aperitif of Gascony.  It is an orange flavored Armagnac and sparkling wine cocktail that will enter your digestive tract so smoothly you won't know how you wound up on the floor shedding copious tears of joy. Sue Aran shares its origins and recipe.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 February 2014 )
  • Holiday Entertaining with French Wine

    By Cathy Henton

    Crémant. Photo: C. HentonThe quest to create the ideal food and wine pairings can intimidate any host, but Cathy Henton of Le Tasting Room in the Loire has simple guidelines and sample menus to ensure success for novice or expert during the holidays or any celebration. Bonnes fêtes!

    Last Updated ( Monday, 09 December 2013 )
  • Champagne Look-Alikes

    By Wini Moranville

    This Valentine’s Day, if you want to uncork something romantic—but you’re not feeling splashy enough for a Champagne splurge—it’s good to know that other French wine regions craft admirable sparkling wines at more down-to-earth prices.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 February 2013 )
  • French Spirits

    By Katherine Brodsky

    Everyone knows that French wines are considered to be amongst some of the world's best. But, today, we turn the spotlight on several French brands from the realm of spirits.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
  • La Péniche and Le Foodist

    By Loui Franke

    Every once in awhile someone comes up with a really great concept and I tip my hat to Fred Pouillot for his creation of Le Foodist. An evening with Fred will open doors to french culture through food and wine by offering unique taste experiences accompanied by entertaining stories on history, culture, food and wine. Sharing Fred’s passion for food and his knowledge will bring you to a new level of dining appreciation.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2012 )
  • A French “Dégustation” and Products from the “Terroir”

    By Loui Franke

    One of the perks of living in Paris is to have the opportunity to go to “dégustations.” These are events sponsored by small producers of wine and specialty food products to sample their wares.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 December 2012 )
  • The Nectar of the Goddess Demeter

    By Sue Aran

    The heart of Gascony produces the oldest brandies in France.  Its vineyards, inherited from the Romans, have been in steady production since the middle ages. In the past, Armagnac was consumed for its therapeutic properties.  In the 14th century, a cardinal named Prior Vital du Four proclaimed its many virtues.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
  • Wine Pairing 101 – What You Need To Know Before You Go

    By Adam Costa

    Wine is delicious. Wine is amazing. Wine is the best thing ever made… especially when it’s paired with a delicious meal.

    You’d struggle to go wrong with food pairing, but – like fresh baked bread – there are varying degrees of excellence. In this article we’ll cover popular French wines (called varietals) and which foods pair best with them.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 May 2012 )
  • Entertaining With Piper-Heidsieck Champagne

    By Christian Holthausen

    Piper-Heidsieck Rosé SauvageWhat do Marie-Antoinette, Napoléon I, Marilyn Monroe, stars of the Festival de Cannes, and more than a few BonjourParis readers all have in common? A taste for Piper-Heidsieck Champagne! Christian Holthausen of Piper-Heidsieck reveals the House's legendary origins and shares food and Champagne pairing suggestions for le Réveillon de Saint-Sylvestre.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 December 2011 )
  • Holiday Entertaining with French Wine

    By Cathy Henton

    Crémant. Photo: C. HentonThe quest to create the ideal food and wine pairings can intimidate any host, but Cathy Henton of Le Tasting Room in the Loire has simple guidelines and sample menus to ensure success for novice or expert during the holidays or any celebration. Bonnes fêtes!

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 December 2011 )
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