France (UK: /ˈfrɑːns/; US: /ˈfræns/; French: [fʁɑ̃s] ), officially the French Republic (French: République française [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), is a sovereign country in Western Europe that includes overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of only three countries (with Morocco and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Due to its shape, it is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone ("The Hexagon").By area, France is the largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the third-largest in Europe as a whole.
Posts about France
  • Thank You and Happy 8th Anniversary

    … loosely titled our conversations about wine, "#WineMuse Podcasts." I've become the wine "expert" on the podcast, which has forced me to learn even more about the world of wine. What a blast! Host Linda Reznicek is teaching me by example how to interview. We've spoken with many winemakers from Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Chile, France…

    William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine- 2 readers -
  • Drinking Tonight - 2012 Les Fontanilles

    …Tonight it was time for the new vintage of a southern France favourite, from the talented producers Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot. Tasting note of the 2009 here. 2012 Les Fontanilles, Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot The nose is cool, finely tuned with notes of ligtly peppered meat, ripe blueberries, asphalt, rosehips and some bonfire…

    Barolista- 2 readers -
  • Fondue Is Where It’s At!

    …, and Hazelnuts were in order. I mean… how could I not after a description like that? Lets just say, it was the absolute best decision! These sweetbreads are crispy, tender, and delectable when paired with the Robinot, L’Ange Vin, Fêtembulles, Jasnière, Loire, France, 2010. This Sparkling Chenin Blanc is crisp, beautiful, and so pair-able with anything pan…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City - 2 readers -
  • Friday Wine Tastings Tonight In Portland! December 19, 2014

    … will be a truly “super pour” available and it is a classified growth from Bordeaux’ 1966 vintage. There may even be another surprise waiting for you, so please do not miss this tasting. 6-9 pm Vino Best of 2014, Part I -2012 DANIEL DEFAIX Petit Chablis (France) $15.95…Tasted July 11th -2012 SHENANDOAH Zinfandel Amador Old Vine (Cali.) $9.95…

    Portland Oregon Wine- 3 readers -
  • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

    …, Germany, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand is rubbish. My decision to include six such beasts drives the point. Many excellent wines are available at the u-$25 price point. Here are my wines of the year that came in under $25. Some are sold out, many are not. Find them before the year is out. Toro Albalá Fino Del Lagar Electrico, Do Montilla…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Riesling Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Trial of 'Champagne Jayne' halted for trademark talks

    …, the trial is set to resume on 10 March. Under European Union rules that have been extended to Australia, Champagne can only be produced from certified vineyards and by specific methods in the eponymous region of northern France. (Editing by Chris Mercer) Related Content: …

    Decanter- 3 readers -
  • 5 Questions with Stephen Cronk of Mirabeau Wine

    … It’s been quite some time since the last post in our “5 Questions With…” series, but after tasting a phenomenal #wine and then learning its even more interesting backstory, I decided a revival was needed! I think it’s no non-surprise for my regular readers that we are huge fans of rosé here at #Vinopanion. YC Media sent me a bottle earlier…

    Ward Kadel/ Vinopanion- 6 readers -
  • The greatest dessert wine?

    … varieties included numerous versions of Muscat and Palomino. With the arrival of the Huguenots (refugees from France), the introduction of Chenin Blanc (known as “Steen” in South Africa) and other French varieties were also planted. In 1685, during an annual visit to the Cape, Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein granted the grounds…

    The Sommelier Update- 3 readers -
  • Weekly Wine News Around the Web

    … his collection to ascertain the authenticity of his wines. Stay tuned. Start Saving for Your Napa Vineyard Now: Another generation and prime Napa Valley, California vineyards could cost just as much as a prime plot in Burgundy, France, according to vineyard real estate experts interviewed by What will it cost you? Up to $1…

    Homein Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • The Perfect Gift

    … What to buy for the wine lover in your life. Or us. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: enough with the wine gadgets. Unless you’re springing for a Coravin, we don’t need any more. Aerators, stoppers, corkcicles, etc. It’s enough already. For the most part, these are all gimmicks designed to separate you from your money, and they’re…

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Companyin Syrah Malbec- 1 readers -
  • Best tea rooms & shops in Hong Kong

    …-7pm; Sat-Sun 12noon-8pm LockCha “Lock” (樂) means happiness, enjoyment, fortune; and “cha” is tea. The company’s direct relationships with tea farmers in China, sustainable and fair-trade practices, and foremost the decades spanning knowledge of its founder, guarantee your experience with their teas being a joyful affair with a premium quality…

    Winebeing- 2 readers -
  • Thursday Sips &Nibbles

    … “Leftover” Scallop Rangoon (smeared on a bagel - $12) and Kung Pao Chicken Terrine (with eggs - $10). For those looking for a more traditional hangover brunch experience, Chef Gilmartin will The River Bar Breakfast Sando (egg, Taylor Pork Roll, Brillat Savarin cheese, leeks, stone & skillet English muffin - $14), Bourbon French Toast ($10…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 2 readers -
  • Natural Wine Catastrophe

    … This post is about the bad things which have happened to me recently. Specifically, it’s about how my wines have turned into vinegar this year! Just a few weeks ago I had yet another lot go bad on me (this time about 2000 liters of Garnacha from Sierra de Gredos), which I poured down the drain. Needless to say I’ve been thinking a lot about…

    Organic Wine Journal- 6 readers -
  • Saké and Cheese — A Natural Pairing

    …. As we discovered during the tasting, saké makes a great partner for cheese. Jesse Pugach, Advanced Saké Professional & Saké Specialist at Southern Wines & Spirits, and Liza Kaplansky of Laura Chenel/Marin French Cheese Company in Northern California hosted the discussion. With saké samples from SakéOne received and chilled, and cheese…

    Pull That Cork- 2 readers -
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