Category: france

Gérard Bertrand Le Chouchou 2023

Enjoy Gerard Bertrand Le Chouchou 2023 This SummerPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  July 8, 2024  0 Comments on Enjoy Gerard Bertrand Le Chouchou 2023 This SummerPR SAMPLE 

Gérard Bertrand‘s Le Chouchou 2023 is the winery’s answer to new consumer trends, producing a light, fresh red wine.  It has low alcohol content and can be enjoyed at a cooler temperature.  It sits somewhere between a rosé and a fuller-bodied red wine, IMHO.  This wine is a blend of organic Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault grapes coming from Cevennes, Limoux,…

Picnic and Bubbles

Picnic Pairing Suggestions With Champagne

 mywinepal  June 30, 2024  2 Comments on Picnic Pairing Suggestions With Champagne

This post came in my email from the Comité Champagne and I thought I would pass along this information on which style of Champagne to pair with your picnic dishes. Also great timing for Canada Day. Enjoy. ~~~~~ From the café culture of Paris to year-round patio suppers in Provence, the French have perfected the art of enjoying food and…

Five Chardonnay from around the world

Exploring Chardonnay: A Global Comparison

 mywinepal  June 21, 2024  0 Comments on Exploring Chardonnay: A Global Comparison

When I was in University many years ago, I purchased a bottle of Maison Louis Latour Chardonnay, that was on their entry-level scale.  That wine sparked my interest in French wine.  In some “New World” regions, Chardonnay has been more recently planted, while other locations have had Chardonnay vines for over 100 years.  Over time, through the wine trade’s many…

Whispering Angel Rose label

A Gift From Provence, France: Rosé Wines

 mywinepal  June 19, 2024  0 Comments on A Gift From Provence, France: Rosé Wines

Rosé wine, with its delicate hue and refreshing taste, has captured the hearts of wine enthusiasts worldwide.  According to statistics, I read that rosé wine consumption tripled since 1990. Vins de Provence exported nearly 62 million bottles in 2022 with the USA, buying up 37% of the total quantity sold.  I am not sure of the quantity sold in Canada,…

Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017 with wine in glass

Whites and Rosés Wines of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs for the Summer

 mywinepal  June 12, 2024  0 Comments on Whites and Rosés Wines of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs for the Summer

We are now enjoying nicer summer weather.  It’s time to get out onto the patio and enjoy some rosé and white wines. While you may think of Rhône wines as being Syrah or red blends, this region also produces white and rosé wines.  Here is a press release I received talking about these Rhône wines. ~~~~~~~~~ This summer, treat yourself…

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages AOC label

Take the Beaujolais Wine Quiz!

 mywinepal  April 27, 2024

Beaujolais wines have garnered immense popularity for their vibrant fruitiness and easy-drinking nature. Nestled just south of Burgundy in France, Beaujolais is often overlooked for its more famous neighbour. Beaujolais’ youthful exuberance pairs excellently with a variety of dishes, including charcuterie, roast chicken, and light pasta dishes. Beaujolais also complements classic French cuisine such as coq au vin and beef…

The Hidden Vineyards of Paris by Geoffrey Finch

Book Review: The Hidden Vineyards of Paris by Geoffrey Finch

 mywinepal  April 14, 2024

Geoffrey Finch, a Canadian born in Victoria, moved to Paris and has been sharing his passion for wine and gastronomy in France for over 40 years.  He operates a series of historic walks through Paris’s vineyards, both visible and open to the public, those closed to the public, and some open only for special occasions.  His love of wine led…

Jean-Pierre Turgeon from Gerard Bertrand

A Video Interview With Jean-Phillipe Turgeon from Gérard Bertrand at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 22, 2024

Gérard Bertrand Winery is the ambassador of the fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the world. Gérard Bertrand owns 16 estates with their unique terroirs in the region. The Languedoc has been growing grapes for wines for 24 centuries (Greeks planted grapes around 550 BC) and produces 5% of the world’s wine.  Gérard has loved his vineyard land passionately and enthusiastically…

Colmar in Alsace

Do You Love Alsatian Wines? Take the Quiz.

 mywinepal  March 9, 2024

The history of wines from Alsace traces back centuries, with evidence of viticulture dating to Roman times. Situated in northeastern France, Alsace’s unique terroir, characterized by its cool climate, varied soils, and abundant sunshine, has fostered the cultivation of distinctive aromatic white grape varieties along with Pinot Noir. Today, Alsace wines enjoy global acclaim, renowned for their quality, versatility, and…

Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2017

How Much Do You Know About Burgundy? Take The Quiz.

 mywinepal  February 25, 2024  2 Comments on How Much Do You Know About Burgundy? Take The Quiz.

Burgundy is one of the most famous and prestigious wine regions in France, producing some of the world’s finest reds from Pinot Noir and whites from Chardonnay. Burgundy’s diverse terroir, characterized by limestone, clay, and marl soils, imparts distinctive mineral qualities and nuances to the wines, reflecting the specific vineyard sites known as climats.  Burgundy’s winemakers, steeped in centuries-old tradition…