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Some of France’s most important wine regions - Loire Valley, Champagne, and Burgundy - are all within a day’s drive from Paris. Bien sur the culture practically dictates that people drink all sorts of wine in Parisian cafés, restaurants, and bars and purchase them in the city’s wine shops. But it is a little known fact that wine is actually produced within the city limits, in Montmartre. It’s just off the city street, surrounded by buildings, in the same district as such iconic structures as the Basilica de Sacré Coeur and Moulin Rouge. It is so obscure that even the most frequent visitor to Paris would exclaim “incroyable!” upon learning of its existence. 

Le Clos Montmartre is the last of the once multitude of vineyards situated on the hill, which were first planted by the Romans. There was once a temple dedicated to Bacchus standing there. In the 12th century, the Benedictines continued to produce wine at an abbey that was later destroyed during Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

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  • Welcome JP, looks like Paris to me.  Did you get out into any of the wine regions while you were there? Read More

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  • Back at ya, Kim.Thank you for the excellent list.  The good news is that I ... on the "Judgement in Paris" in 1976 when several California Cabernet Sauvignons were judged to be superior to some First Growth Bordeaux, the obvious answer is that California is most famous for Cabernet Sauvignon. However, there is, and, of course, you knew this was... Read More

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  • Where's that emoticon for "tongue in cheek" when you really need ... ... meal I ate a year ago in Paris with a revelatory S. Joseph.  Somewhere on here there's a picture, I think.&nbs Read More

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  • Had a great trip to Walla Walla last week (just got back on Tuesday) and had a ... ... time I had lepin was in Paris in 1995!).  As I sat on the patio having lunch I saw someone get a huge plate of meat so I asked what it was and my server told me it was the braised lamb shoulder with lentils and grilled garlic scapes, so guess where I had di... Read More

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  • I ran up to Napa for a few days to get away and taste some wines from places ... ... the special release 2010 Paris Tasting Chardonnay which Mike apparently crafted in the same style as the winning 73 Montelena.  Also really enjoyed the 2011 Essence Sauv Blanc, 06 Cab  and the 09 Violetta Late Harvest. Peju was next.  I didn't love the wines a... Read More

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  • So here's this interesting article (IMO) about the $12million verdict in ... discovered in a basement in Paris that had once belonged to Thomas Jefferson--it's now universally accepted that Hardy Rodenstock faked those.  Turns out buying counterfeit wine is the albatross around Koch's neck, since he seems to have purchased some from Rudi K. an... Read More

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  • I am going to Amsterdam the week of April 22nd.  I wish I could have been ... the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix bike races.  But, what can I say? At least I am going to get a week to experience a part of the world I haven't seen before.This is a work trip so I will only have evenings for exploring.  What tips do you all have for food,... Read More

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  • This past week the cycling pros took part in Paris-Nice, also known as the race to the sun - it starts in Paris and travels South ending in Nice.  The fifth stage started in Chateauneuf du Pape.The Catholic Church also welcomed a new Pope, which always reminds me of how Chateauneuf du Pape got its name (courtesy of Pope Clement V back in the 130... Read More

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