A Champagne Christmas in Vertus

A Champagne Christmas in Vertus

A Champagne Christmas in Vertus There is something about sipping really good champagne at Christmas. You can open the bottle with a bang and even let the cork carom off the ceiling, but once your fluted glass is full, make sure you take a good look inside. You won’t...
Life After Nouveau: The Rise of the Beaujolais Cru

Life After Nouveau: The Rise of the Beaujolais Cru

Life After Nouveau: The Rise of the Beaujolais Cru Over the past 30 years, I have watched the wave of Beaujolais Nouveau rise, crest and break in Japan. It used to be the cultural norm for Japanese adults to drink Nouveau from plastic cups on the third Thursday in...
The Wine Women of Bandol

The Wine Women of Bandol

The Wine Women of Bandol The next time you gaze at the wine wall in your local supermarket, imagine each bottle as a person with dreams and aspirations. In the Provençal wine region of Bandol, a lot of those people are women, who may work alongside the men at family...
Bandol Rosé: A Wine of Many Pleasures

Bandol Rosé: A Wine of Many Pleasures

Bandol Rosé: A Wine of Many Pleasures In France, as we emerge from the shadow of a pandemic unsure of how to interact with others, an old friend on the sunbaked Mediterranean coast anticipates our return. Nestled among the garrigue and olive groves are the...