Category Archives: France

LIFE IMITATES ART – A FRENCH FINISH

Life Imitates Art: In “A FRENCH FINISH” by Robert Ross, a quirky crew of Harvard art historians re-creates a ‘fake’ Louis XVI desk and pass it off as the real thing. My father wrote this award-winning mystery-adventure and it was … Continue reading

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NYC Retail [Re-]Openings Under The Microscope

Manhattan Merchants Re-Imagine Brick & Mortar Stores                   For any wine and spirits merchant or restaurateur, be she or he new to the business or a multi-decade, multi-generational veteran, to contemplate a … Continue reading

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Lafayette’s Hermione: A TransAtlantic Story – SEA HISTORY Magazine

In 1779, frigate Hermione (air-mee-OHN) was the sleek French warship that carried General Lafayette to America in 1780, a voyage that directly culminated in the American-French victory at Yorktown in 1781. The current Hermione is an authentically built replica, launched … Continue reading

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Rhône Revival

Rhône Revival Not often does wind get credit for winemaking, but in France’s Rhône Valley, the Mistral deserves some respect, in so much as it is contributing to a new Rhone Revival. Sending cool air down the Rhône River as … Continue reading

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Je Suis John Locke

A Letter concerning Toleration: John Locke In an eerily timely message, John Locke, the noted 17th century English philosopher, opened his now famous essay, “A Letter Concerning Toleration,” with the following: “Since you are pleased to inquire what are my … Continue reading

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Bubbling To The Top – Champagne’s Revival

AS ECONOMY REBOUNDS, CHAMPAGNE RECLAIMS ITS PREMIUM PERCH Today, Champagne is bubbling to the top. If further proof were needed that Champagne has regained some swagger since the “Great Recession” lows of 2009, consider pancakes and pumpkins. In a seasonal, … Continue reading

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Lafayette – Hero of Two Worlds

                                              With the Arc de Triomphe in the background, a French honor              … Continue reading

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POP STAR: Belinda Chang, Moet’s New Champagne “Charlie”

Belinda Chang, Moët’s New Champagne Educator  Long a talented interloper in the male-dominated drinks, restaurant and hospitality fields, Belinda Chang, newly appointed as Moët Hennessy USA’s (MH USA) Champagne Educator, is crashing through yet another glass ceiling in her meteoric, honor-laden … Continue reading

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Do you know what a bottle slider is? Hint: It’s silver and wood!

Lafayette’s Bottle Slider Gift to Washington LAFAYETTE AND WASHINGTON, DEPICTED ABOVE, ON THE PORCH OF MOUNT VERNON, OVERLOOKING THE POTOMAC RIVER, IN THIS PAINTING BY THOMAS PRITCHARD ROSSITER AND LOUIS REMY MIGNOT. While most American Revolution history buffs know that … Continue reading

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VINEXPO 2013 – US MERCHANTS GAUGE GLOBAL WINE TRENDS

Vinexpo 2013: Bordeaux’s Global Wine Fair   On one of the few sunny days in Bordeaux during Vinexpo 2013. by David Lincoln Ross Amid steady rains, the rare rainbow or two and cool temperatures across lush vineyards and celebrated chateaus from … Continue reading

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