I was recently put in contact with someone Chéri knows, who is starting a business online that will greatly please champagne lovers! It is to be called Mon Champagne, and will hopefully open up its virtual doors very soon. The concept is to promote and sell champagne from talented yet little-know producers, or as we should call them “créateurs” as the are like craftsmen (and women) who take the craft of making champgne to heart. Mon Champagne will be not just selling and promoting their bubblies, they will also be explaining the different “personalities” of each vineyard, brand and bottle. I am thrilled for this website to open and there are three things main I love about their concept :
- First, Uuuuuh, it’s champagne. What’s NOT to LOVE!?!
- Second, I love promoting the “little (talented) guy”! These vineyards are not the multi-million euro branded ones, but can be just as good.
- And third, it offers a great (and tested) product at a fair price. A real price. Yaaaay! Champagne for everyone!!!! Continue reading
Post by Frank Cierpial
For the Francophiles on the other side of the Atlantic…
Photo by : Frank Cierpial
Going out in New York is hard to do. There are countless complaints that I have about the New York nightlife. Either the music is too loud, there is no place to sit or walk that does not involve getting drinks spilled on you, or if you want to keep your shirt clean, it is too expensive. With that said, Going out in New York and trying to satisfy a craving for French culture is even harder. But Francophiles in the New York or San Francisco areas, there is an outlet for your yearning for French culture. Continue reading
So the French Socialist Party has taken over the executive power of the state in France… so let’s hear it for a little social and ethical thinking!
Ethicando, is a place with such values. A cooperative market that is “100% made in social Italy” as they put it.
6, rue de la Grange Aux Belles
+33 (0) 1 84 06 18 43
Métro : République ou Jacques Bonsergent
I recently attended a little soirée with my friend Kasia Dietz, at a cozy boutique hotel in the 8th arrondissement. The newly renovated hotel has added a wine bar, and most importantly…a wine specialt who goes by the name of Judith. In addition to being witty and fun, she also has her wits about her when it comes to wine. And she doesn’t hold your wine ignorance against you in any way! (I was relieved about that, because although I can appreciate it and I know what is good and what is mediocre and what is not good, I am at a loss to tell you anything intelligent about wine). She hosted a fun wine tasting, greetings us with a glass of champagne to open our palettes and offering a spread lots of delicious things to munch on. Once we were well lubricated from the champagne that she poured rather liberally, she announced that we would be having a wine tasting challenge where we would have to guess the wines that we were tasting. The only clue we had was the color of the wine in our glasses. Some, no, most of use, quite immediately admitted to knowing next to nothing about wine tasting, but Judith put us all at ease by saying that there were no rules to describing wine. It’s a very personal thing, she said.
One of her best feats of the evening was the tricky difference between the first two wines. Both white. VERY different flavors. We were throwing out all sorts of (wrong) answers when we tasted the second one. Choosing regions of France far away from the first wine we had tasted. Well it turns out, it was the same exact wine, only aged in oak barrels instead of steel barrels. We were all floored.
Two glasses of champagne and four glasses of really good wine later, I was ready to attempt the metro ride home.
Check out this friendly cozy place. You don’t have to be a client of the hotel to go and have a drink and talk wine with Judith!
31 rue de Surène, 75008 Paris