Is Wine Consumption A Viable Economic Indicator?

Consumer confidence mirrors wine sales, CEO says
Dec 15, 2014 3:00 pm

There are many ways to gauge how the U.S. economy is doing. You can check out the Dow Jones Industrial Average, for instance, to see how bluechip companies are performing on the stock market. Or, you can look at the U.S. Consumer Price Index for an idea of how much people are spending on goods and services. Or, you can leave those boring analytics to the bean counters and keep an eye on a much more juicy economic indicator: wine consumption.

9 Reasons To Start With Aperitifs, End With Digestifs

Brush up on your functional French drinking
Dec 12, 2014 4:00 pm

Don't call it pre-gaming — the French don't. An apéritif is a spirit drunk before a meal to stoke one's appetite and a digestif (wait for it) is drunk after a meal to calm it all down. Whether you're sipping on a pre-dinner Chartreuse or a post-dinner port, an expertly blended cocktail starring an obscure Alpine liqueur or simply a Campari and soda, raise two glasses tonight and enjoy a tipple like they do in France.  

Winter Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

The flavors of the French Alps, now in a cocktail
Dec 12, 2014 2:00 pm

The French poet Victor Hugo once wrote, “life is a flower for which love is the honey.” Well, it seems the French have found a way for you to practically drink those words in liqueur form, via the exquisite génépi, distilled from Alpine mountain flowers. Sound like a good addition to your Old Fashioned? We thought so, too. 

33-Year-Old Winemaker Thomas Pico Is The Future Of Natural Wine In Chablis

Here's the story behind his rise to culty fame
Dec 12, 2014 1:00 pm

The narrow cobblestone streets of the small town of Chablis, its quiet vineyards set upon rolling hills, seem from a more aristocratic and traditional time long-past. Even the fonts on a bottle of wine made by Raveneau or Dauvissat — two of Chablis’ most esteemed producers — denote ornateness and formality.

Video: Remember, Real Champagne Only Comes From Champagne, France

Allow Champagne to re-introduce itself
Dec 12, 2014 11:00 am

It wouldn't be France Week without a glass of the bubbly, er, Champagne. As in not sparkling wine or prosecco or lower-case champagne or anything else that isn't from that picturesque town not far from Paris known as — you guessed it — Champagne. Here's a helpful public service announcement timed to reminding holiday drinkers where Champagne comes from.

8 Essential French Spirits That Every Cocktail Fan Must Know

As seen in the Sazarac, Singapore Sling, Sidecar
Dec 11, 2014 1:00 pm

Known the world over for their prowess in winemaking, the French have been masters at making spirits and liqueurs for centuries. Some of classic mixology’s greatest cocktails wouldn’t even exist without the plethora of French spirits and liqueurs that were available to bartenders in the 19th century. Liquor pro Jeffrey Morgenthaler pours us a stiff dose of knowledge on Gallic booze and its many possibilities.

Beyond Burgundy: 7 Other French Wine Regions You Need To Know

Alsace, Jura and Corsica offer exciting vintages
Dec 10, 2014 1:00 pm

We all know Bordeaux, Burgundy and Beaujolais. But there’s more to France than its most famous appellations. Here are seven other French wine regions you should get familiar with.

In Grenache We Trust: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rap Music And Really Old Vines

It's fun to say, better to drink (aged)
Dec 9, 2014 2:00 pm

Châteauneuf-du-Pape brings two things to mind: Very old things and New York City chef Justin Warner’s rap game. An explanation is needed. Plenty of wine knowledge, and a Beastie Boys reference, in this special report.

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