When I bring a bottle of French wine back for family and friends, their faces light up with excitement and appreciation. It’s a cherished gift for someone special. But all you need is to have one bottle of red wine explode in your suitcase to never want to try to transport wine on a long-haul flight ever again. So how can you bring wine back from France so it arrives in one piece? Is it even legal?
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.
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!
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.