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.
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    • 2014 Champagne sales hit second highest total on record

      Around 308m bottles of Champagne were sold around the world in 2014, according to provisional figures, while the new head of regional body Comite Champagne expects exports to overtake domestic sales this year. If confirmed, the 308m figure would represent a 1% rise in global Champagne sales versus 2013.

      Decanter- 12 readers -
    • Getting into Grower Champagne

      We worked with expert, Bryan Maletis, who runs to help create a guide grower Champagne. Learn some interesting details on about Champagne that will surprise you and find out how to select small-producer Champagne. What is Grower Champagne? Grower Champagne is sparkling wine crafted by grape growers and their families.

      Wine Folly- 6 readers -
    • Germany to consume more wine than Italy by 2018, says Vinexpo

      Germany will overtake Italy to become the world's third largest wine consumer within four years, according to a report that also predicts the US will cement its position as the world’s largest wine market and wine consumption in the UK is set to rebound. A view of Germany's Mosel wine region Germans may be better known for frequenting beer halls than for sipping fine wine, ...

      Decanter- 7 readers -
  • Six iconic wines this week – some true bargains, too

    … it benefits from decanting and will be a worthy match for the Spicy red lentil soup recipe. 2011 Château Segonzac, Oak Aged, Premières Côtes de Blaye, Bordeaux, France (£10.29, reduced to £7.99 until 27 January, Waitrose). A lighter, more pliable vintage from the often muscular Segonzac, this is a great wine from a Bordeaux stronghold estate…

    Matthew Jukes- 3 readers -
  • Weekend Wine Notes: Did You Think We Were Finished with Bubbles?

    Longtime readers of this blog — bless your tiny pointed heads and may your tribes increase! — know that a great deal of effort goes into the annual “12 Days of Christmas with Champagne and Sparkling Wine” series, but as encompassing as that sequence is, it cannot include all the Champagnes and sparkling wines that I taste from late November through early January.

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head- 3 readers -
  • Seven compelling picks from VINTAGES for January 24

    … or all of these seven recommended bottles and have a great, wine-soaked January weekend. From left to right: Aubert Visan Côtes Du Rhône Villages 2013, Rosehall Run Cuvée Hungry Point Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Bibbiano Chianti Classico 2011, Vignobles De Balma Vénitia Cuvée Saint Roch Vacqueyras 2011, Domaines Schlumberger Saering Riesling 2011…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Syrah Riesling Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Let’s Have More Champagne

    …The New York Wine Press’s annual Champagne luncheon was held last December, as it always is, in a private room at The Brasserie. This year’s event was a standout even among those normally fine tastings, however, both because of the selection of Champagnes – all Rosé – and because of the sheer pleasure…

    Tom Maresca/ Tom's Wine Line- 3 readers -
  • Chateau Tour de Gilet 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur

    … We enjoyed the Château Tour de Gilet during our recent trip to Colorado for our nephew’s wedding. The rehearsal dinner was at Le Central, a cool French restaurant in Denver. I must digress for a moment to explain how horrible the traffic is in Denver! There are five solid lanes of traffic in every direction with your turning lanes carefully…

    Toledo Wines and Vines- 6 readers -
  • Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Bussières 2009

    … Harissa marinated chicken thighs. From Ottolenghi the cookbook. The ingredients are listed here. I deboned 8 thighs, leaving the skin on, but removing the most fat riddled portions. The harissa has a beautiful depth and less heat than my previous pastes (1, 2). It's mostly because of the roasted capsicum. . . For my own reference - pierce a large…

    Wino sapienin Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Discover the Champagne Tourist Route

    … A vineyard in Champagne, France Have you traveled the Champagne Route in France? The Champagne Tourist Route in the Champagne region of France is long. The route is divided into five separate trails that include: Massif Saint-Thierry, Reims Mountain, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs Route, and Hills of Vitry Route. Whether visiting Reims…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 4 readers -
  • Bartier Brothers opening winery

    Photo: Bartier Brothers' Cerquiera Vineyard (courtesy Bartier Brothers) After selling its wine for two years under the Okanagan Crush Pad license, Bartier Brothers Winery will open its own winery and tasting room next summer on Black Sage Road. It is the culmination of a long journey for Michael Bartier who nurtured the ambition for his own winery not long after becomin ...

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine- 7 readers -
  • Wine You Won’t Find, But Would Love

    … of the bigger names of one of France’s most famous wine regions. But the wines are available retail – restaurant or shop – only in New York. The importer directed me to a New York shop that ships to Indiana. I bought the bottle described here along with the two reds. I’m really anxious to try the Pinots. I tell the story and sing the wine’s virtues…

    Howard W. Hewitt- 5 readers -
  • Ben's Blush: Domaine de Nizas

    … Nizas Domaine de Nizas 2013 Rosé To catch up from the missing week, I will be posting two blush reviews this week (this week's tomorrow). The wine from the week before last hails from the Languedoc region of Southeast France. I don't know why, but for some reason every time I look at the label I think it is from Greece. Notwithstanding what my brain…

    Kyle Schlachter/ Colorado Wine Pressin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Du bon Bachelder: Burgundy, Oregon, Niagara

    Bachelder Wines tasting: December 28, 2014 Photo: (Elene Galey-Pride, Québec native and Niagara Peninsula resident Thomas Bachelder makes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in three countries. He may not be the only gypsy winemaker on this planet but he certainly ranks as the most focused.

    Michael Godel/ Godello- 4 readers -
  • Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir 2013 - Lovely Languedoc

    BULK BUY! This frog knows his wine. 100% Pinot Noir from Languedoc, France. SRP of $9 and available for around $8. Imported by Palm Bay International. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Arrogant Frog is a wine that proudly embraces its origin in the South of France. To obtain the fruit-forward, rich and elegant style that defines Arrogant Frog, its creator Jean-Cl ...

    Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob- 9 readers -
  • Pinot Noir drives Oregon wine economics

    … rated 814 wines from around the world at 90 points or higher (on the 100-point scale). Of these, 202 were from France, while 103 were from Oregon. “Here’s Oregon with far, far less than 1 percent of the world’s wine grape acreage, but it received almost 13 percent of the 90-plus-rated wines,” he said. Pennington looks at Oregon wine from a different…

    Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Winein Riesling- 8 readers -
  • Traditions of Wine

    …. Ahh, sweet rebellion. We, humans, love to rebel, we love to change things, this is how we move forward. The story of wine is ripe with changes, with traditions broken. Until 1971, Chianti wine of Tuscany was required to be made from not more than 70% of Sangiovese, and include at least 10% of the white grapes – tradition! In 1971, Antinori broke…

    Talk-A-Vinoin Cabernet Sauvignon- 4 readers -
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