Exploring French wine on a tight budget at Trader Joe’s #Winophiles

This month the French #Winophiles offer suggestions for newcomers to explore French wine. As college professors, and especially since Pierre started teaching a course called The Idea of Wine six years ago at the University of Puget Sound, most wine newbies we meet are college students in their senior year. We’re so lucky! Usually just... Continue Reading →

Cahors, Hainan Chicken Rice, and The Stories Wine Books Tell

We’re fascinated by how wine regions, young and old, develop reputations. As we prepared to open the bottle of Cahors that had been waiting for this month’s #Winophiles event, we browsed through various wine books to see how the image of Cahors wines has evolved, and where it stands.

Comfort food and sunny red: Gérard Bertrand Côtes des Roses with Senegalese mafé and fonio #Winophiles

When L.M. Archer announced that this month’s #Winophiles chat would focus on Gérard Bertrand, from the Languedoc, the first thing we thought was… sun, we need sun. And next, our squirrel brains took us back to sunny Senegal memories, and a craving for one of our favorite dishes: mafé. We’re so busy lately that we didn’t have much time for proper wine planning. But the beauty of big brands like Gérard Bertrand is that you can have them any time, no planning required. Gérard Bertrand wines are not only delicious, they’re also easy to find anywhere.

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