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Ten years after releasing the acclaimed film, Mondovino, Jonathan Nossiter is back in theaters with his newest film, Résistance Naturelle.

It examines vineyards in Italy that are cultivating their grapes organically and others that are using chemicals and pesticides. He then compares the soil quality and harvest yields of the different cultivation methods. It’s not strictly a documentary as he…

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“Chanel has her No. 5. I have my Charles Heidsieck Champagne cellar No. 9.”

Cecile Bonnefond, President of Charles and Piper Heidsieck

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Champagne Charles Heidsieck Reims photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014 IMG_0415 Champagne Cellars Charles Heidsieck photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014 IMG_0397 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Reims photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014 IMG_0412

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The Charles Heidsieck cellars in Reims, Champagne are legendary. They are some of the best examples of the crayères, the chalk-stone cellars, that are so emblematic of Champagne. These were first excavated by the Romans some 2000 years ago. The stones were then used to the build the city of Reims, a city that was once the capital of France.

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If you take a look at the picture here of cellar (crayéres) No. 9, you will see that it resembles the shape of a bottle. The team, led now by Cecile Bonnefond, took that as inspiration to model a new bottle for Champagne Charles Heidsieck. So the bottle shape is inspired by Crayères No. 9 from deep inside the depths of their champagne cellars in Reims.

The cellars have even more historical significance as they were used as shelters during the wars of the last century. There is no elevator to get you back up once you’re several hundred feet below ground. So if you do ever get the chance to visit these cellars in Champagne, wear comfortable shoes.

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Charles Heidsieck Champagne Cellars Reims by Paige Donner “Chanel has her No. 5. I have my Charles Heidsieck Champagne cellar No. 9.”

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Theirry Desseauve in front of the Carreau du Temple Paris photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014 IMG_0486

What?! you say?! A new wine event for Paris?! Yes. And it’s by Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, the same wine experts/journalists who bring us Le Grand Tasting every year.

This inaugural event took place on Monday at the fabulous new Carreau du Temple. New venue, new wine event. Now how perfect is that?

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You can catch my interview with Thierry Desseauve on my World of Wine program on World Radio Paris next week. Until then, a few photos from the event. By the way, le Winelab is designed to showcase and highlight smaller French (primarily) wine producers. The ones that people in the know, know about, before they get super expensive.

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le Winelab by Bettane + Desseauve by Paige Donner What?! you say?! A new wine event for Paris?! Yes. And it’s by Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, the same wine experts/journalists who bring us Le Grand Tasting every year.

Szamorodni Tokaji- Samuel Tinon

by Paige Donner

Recently I had the chance to taste a Szamorodni 1971, a Tokaj « Grand Liquoreux »  made by Samuel Tinon.

This was only the second time I’ve tasted a Tokaj so I daresay that from herein out my palate is completely spoilt. I understand, too, now, why it is said that this was the preferred wine of King Louis XIV.

Samuel Tinon Szamorodni – Tokaji

I do enjoy France’s Sauternes, but…

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In a truly wonderful demonstration of Bollinger’s credo, Life Can Be Perfect (with Bollinger), the day of the SPIT competition unfolded delightfully in Aÿ, France…

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SPIT competing schools this year were: 

Oxford University – First Place

Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne – 2nd Place

Saint Andrews University – 3rd Place

Contenders:

France -

EDHEC Lille, EM Lyon, ESSEC, HEC, IFP, Polytechnique, Université Paris Dauphine

International – Cambridge University, Copenhagen Business School, Harvard Business School, Sankt Gallen Universitat

Competition was held at Bollinger Maision and Cellars in Ay, France. With the generous sponsorship of Bollinger, Fouquet’s Barrière, IdealWine, Le Cordon Bleu, Lehmann Glass, Chateau Latour and many more…

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SPIT – Science Politique International Tasting (Competition) by Paige Donner In a truly wonderful demonstration of Bollinger’s credo, Life Can Be Perfect (with Bollinger), the day of the SPIT competition unfolded delightfully in Aÿ, France…

Bollinger R.D. 2002 – New Release

by Paige Donner (with some translation from French original)

The great vision of Madame Bollinger – A Wine of Expertise For Eternity

After much contemplation, and repeatedly going back to the drawing board, Madame Lily Bollinger at long last decided on the term Récémment Degorgé for her prestige champagne.

The date was 1963 and it was during this era that the notion of Prestige Cuvées was…

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Moet & Chandon’s Pop-Up Restaurant with Yannick Alleno

by Paige Donner

On a recent round-up of Paris interviews, I succeeded in doing the near-impossible – catching up with the man-in-motion, the chef who never stops, Mr. Yannick Alléno, 3* Michelin chef and champion of local-sourced ingredients for his outstanding cuisine.

Chef Yannick Alleno, Terroir Parisien Brongniart Chef Yannick Alleno, Terroir Parisien Brongniart

You can catch my interview with him on World Radio Paris by clicking on…

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