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How to pronounce French wines (AUDIO)

Written by Diane. Posted in France, French language

How to pronounce French wines (AUDIO)

Have you ever scanned a restaurant’s wine menu only to nervously wonder how on earth you’re supposed to pronounce the name of the wine when it comes time to order? You try to practice a few options under your breath, but at the very last moment you order a Coke to save yourself the embarrassment of a flubbed pronunciation in front of new friends or colleagues.

Back in the US, it’s no big deal if you botch the name of the wine. Others around you are probably doing the same thing. Besides, you could always just point to the one you want. But if you’re visiting France and want to get the name of the wine right, this post is for you… Tom’s joining me today and together we’re cluing you in on how to pronounce French wines.

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Cathy of Le Tasting Room is back to answer your Loire Valley wine questions

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France

Cathy of Le Tasting Room is back to answer your Loire Valley wine questions

You can’t NOT think of wine when thinking about France and if you’re in a wine kind of mood, you’re in luck! Today’s post is all about Loire Valley wines. We have Cathy Henton of Le Tasting Room back on the blog again to answer your burning questions about the region’s wines. If you missed the first part of her interview, click here to learn about her expat story. But this post? It’s about wine!

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Interview with Cathy Henton of Le Tasting Room

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

Interview w-Cathy of Le Tasting Room

The absolute best wine tour I’ve ever been on was in the spring of 2010 when my parents and I had the pleasure of spending the day with Cathy and Nigel of Le Tasting Room. Located outside of Angers, France, Le Tasting Room is just a short train ride from Paris, so we hopped on our train and a little while later, Cathy and Nigel were regaling us with their extensive knowledge about the Loire Valley wines. We sampled copious amounts (always a plus!) and visited some of the local vineyards — we even got to chat with a few of the growers! Six years later, I still rave about Le Tasting Room to anyone who plans on visiting the Anjou area.

And how did Le Tasting Room come about? Who are the people behind the business? Both English with extensive wine backgrounds, Cathy and Nigel have created a life for themselves in France with their booming wine tour business. Here’s an interview I did with Cathy all about her business and the path that landed her in France.

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Bubbly doesn’t just mean Champagne! Consider Crémant and save a few bucks

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France

Champagne alternative-Consider Crémant and save a few bucks

Champagne is THE alcoholic beverage of the holiday season but if you’ve ever bought a bottle (or 10), you know it does not come cheap. There’s a good reason for that — to be labeled Champagne and not just any old sparkling wine, it has to come from the Champagne region of France. Not to mention the process to make Champagne is complicated. And you’re paying for all of that in addition to the prestige.

As someone who has lived in France for four years now, I’ve become quite used to French wines and one of my favorites is the Loire Valley Crémant. Bubbly, with a cork that pops, in a nice bottle, available in white and rosé and still French of course, Crémant is much more wallet friendly and tastes just as good as Champagne.

Here’s some more info… CLICK!

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