Category Archives: french wine

Cookbook author wine talk with Dorie Greenspan

When I decided to start interviewing cookbook authors about wine, I thought back on the last 20 years’ worth of cooking and baking books in my collection.  I’m hard-pressed to find someone who has given me more fun in the … Continue reading

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Let us give thanks for rosés this November 28th

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together.  Everyone tries to put differences aside and think of the things for which he or she is grateful and bask in good company. Those differences don’t have to be political … Continue reading

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Bring On The Reds!

According to the calendar, fall is officially here.  You know – fall.  Time for pumpkin carving, apple picking, leaf pile jumping and red wine opening! We don’t often lead with the wines in our posts, but today we have such … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Stone Fruit Sangria

If you live or work on Capitol Hill, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to our newest neighborhood farmer’s market , “Fresh Tuesdays”,  located at Eastern Market under the outdoor farmers’ line awning.  It comes at precisely the right … Continue reading

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First Vine Wine Topics

Back before we started blogging, first vine was sending weekly e-mails with a recipe and a wine pairing.  And occasionally a discussion of a particular wine topic.  The more informational e-mails are now here on the blog as First Vine … Continue reading

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Shh! This ine-way is iodynamic-bay…

[A word of warning — this is a long, dense blog post.  But have no fear, there’s still a recipe at the end!  Also, this post was the subject of a Wine Beserkers discussion forum, and the questions from readers … Continue reading

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From old-time farming to biodynamic certification

About a year ago I predicted that 2011 would be a year when we’d hear a lot about sustainable and biodynamic wines. Well, I was right, at least as far as first vine is concerned.  One of our producers got … Continue reading

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Pardon, monsieur, but is your “favoritisme” showing?

One question people often ask me at tastings is why first vine wines are mostly from France. The reason is partly luck, or fate, whatever you want to call it.  I had a friend who was married to a man … Continue reading

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Listen to Jamie Foxx — and blame it on the alcohol

I could swear that for the past six months lots of wine writers have been humming the “Blame it on the Alcohol” song – and writing about who’s to blame for the trend of increasing alcohol in wines.  I’ve read … Continue reading

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Wine cocktails, anyone?

My guess is the Royal Wedding was what got me thinking about wine cocktails … all the talk of Pimms Cup and such.  Or was it the hats that made me want to have a cocktail?  No matter. As mentioned in this … Continue reading

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