An Escape in the Côtes du Rhône Meridionales: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is located on the southern region of the Rhône Valley a few miles from Avignon, the city of the Popes. Its mediaeval castle dominating the valley was built in the XIV century for Pope John XXII, the second of the popes to reside in Avignon. That said, this was not the purpose of our…

[A royal treatment] a unique way to visit France!

A friend of mine just started a fabulous custom-made intercultural and language experience for individuals in the beautiful region of Touraine France. The Touraine region is known for its castles and wines. In the 15th and 16th centuries the region was the favorite residence of the French kings and is now a popular tourist attraction…

Wine Review: Chinon, Loire Valley, France

I am not a big fan of drinking red wine without a meal, so when I tasted this Chinon from the Loire Valley I was agreeably surprise. It is extremely pleasant to the palate, light bodied and fruity. I am used to drinking wines from the Rhône Valley or Burgundy Region that are more tannic and…

Travel in France: Uncover The Wines of the Beautiful Loire Valley

France has several wine regions. Most of us know the big ones: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Champagne, Alsace… But did you know that the Loire Valley is the third largest AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) wine area in France. Located less than 2 hours south of Paris, the grapes grow along the longest river of France:…