Monday, March 4 2013

Burgundy, the Nazis, and Why Pouilly-Fuissé Doesn’t Have Premier Crus

Emily L.Turner, wine bloggerWine aficionados say that Burgundy is one of the most complex and difficult regions to understand in the wine world. I won’t contest that.Notes from my latest conversation with a passionate producer lie in a pile beside my keyboard, under a map of Burgundy wine country.


Wednesday, January 11 2012

Crémant de Bourgogne vs. Champagne: Pourquoi Pas?

Emily L Turner, wine blogger for E Romantic HotelsWhat wine has such widespread connotations of good cheer and happy occasions as Champagne?


Thursday, July 21 2011

Hospices de Beaune: a humanistic and architectural masterpiece in Burgundy

Hospices de Beaune in BurgundyIn 1443, just as the Hundred Year's War was ending, Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and Rolin's wife, Guigone de Salins, decided to build a hospital to take care of the needs of the sick and destitute.


Tuesday, December 7 2010

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cherbaudes: A Christmas Wine

Emily L. Turner, Talented writer sking Wine Industry Experience"Alors, you are looking for a Christmas wine." Lifting her cup of rosemary tea, Madame Sophie Boillot’s eyes dance over the rim inquiringly. It’s a gray afternoon in Dijon and the window shoppers peering into the Biscuiterie de Vergy are carrying their umbrellas, just in case.


Friday, November 12 2010

Sarlat, Bergerac, Brantôme and Périgueux

chateau in the Dorgogne ValleyMuch has been written about these hospitable provinces, famous for their beautiful unspoiled countryside, rich artistic heritage and their subtle art of easy living.


Monday, November 8 2010

Reims, Epernay, Châlons-en-Champagne

House in the Champagne regionTo pronounce the word Champagne anywhere in the world is to evoke that divine, sparkling beverage.


Dijon, Beaune, Chalon-sur-Saône, Auxerre

vineyards in BurgundyBurgundy occupies a special position between the Paris basin and the Saône and Rhone valley, between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean lands.


Thursday, July 15 2010

A Deliciously Basque Weekend

weekend in the Basque CountrySetting our sites for the Southwest of France during first warm days of spring for some bracing sea air and a taste of Basque Country.


Monday, July 5 2010

Visiting wine Mecca – Bordeaux Fete le Vin

Wine of Bordeaux wine, at the Bordeaux Wine FestivalThere’s no other place on Earth where you can breath in the world of wine just like you can in Bordeaux. Wine shops and wine bars on every street corner, wine producers down every country lane – the place is seeped in wine.


Monday, June 14 2010

La vie en Rosé, Oh the cliché! (It may be pink, but it’s not White Zin.)

“I’m looking for something light, good for sipping on the porch, and good with summer meals,” the woman says, glancing around the store as she speaks.


Sunday, January 10 2010

Will the real Saint Valentine please stand up?

Melba Allen, wine bloggerValentine has been celebrated as a special guy since the early roman Era. Even the Romans couldn’t figure it out as to which Valentine was the more worthy to honor.


Saturday, January 9 2010

A Wine Lover’s New Year’s Resolution: Become a Savvy Buyer

If you’re browsing E-Romantic’s website, it’s because you’re interested in quality, a bit of mystery mixed in with beauty and originality, and undoubtedly a flair for local flavor.


Friday, January 1 2010

Harvesting grapes

shoshanna for the harvesting grapes8h00 – Saturday 1 October 2011 The brisk autumn air greets me as I step out into the grey early light of the morning. After a long hot summer this is quite a change having to put on a warm fleece but as the first rays of sunshine sleepily peek over the Montagne Noire I have every confidence that the warmth will triumph over the cold.


Thursday, November 12 2009

Amboise, Tours and Blois

the Loire ValleyThe Loire is a queen and many kings have loved her". These words accurately evoke the originality of this region of the Loire Valley and its chateaux.


Nantes, La Baule, Le Mans, Angers and Saumur

pays de la Loire in FranceSince early times, the legendary mildness of the climate and the splendour of reflected light on the waters of the Loire river charmed the French kings, who chose this region to build a series of magnificent castles.


Montpellier, Carcassonne, Perpignan, Narbonne and Béziers

Languedoc RoussillonThe Languedoc-Roussillon region stretches from the Pyrenees mountain range to the Aubrac and Margeride Mountains, which flank the massif des Cévennes and the Languedoc plain.


Wednesday, November 12 2008

Lyon, Valence, Montélimar, Drôme and the Rhône Valley

Rhone ValleyThe geographical location of this region, between Northern and Southern France, has made this land a major passage way, a trading zone between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean basin.


Marseille, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Orange and Saintes-Marie de la Mer

lavender fields in the ProvenceProvence, a name that tinkles musically in the ears, like the accent of its people. The quintessence of the Mediterranean region.


La Rochelle, Island of Ré, Poitiers, Royan and Cognac

landscape of the Poitou-CharentesLand of passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains of the Massif Central, between the North and the South, between the Paris and Aquitania basins, between the "langue d'oc" and the "langue d'oil", Poitou-Charentes is a region of subtle balances and diversity


Thursday, March 8 2007

Montirius and Mother Nature

Melba Allen, Wine expert and Wine bloggerWhat are Bio-dynamic wines? Where natural wine-makers don’t use man-made chemicals to treat their vines, soil or fermentation, bio-dynamic wines are those that are produced from grapes that are organically grown with respect to the surrounding environment.