Résistance Naturelle

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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Résistance Naturelle
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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 bqoth organically and with 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 blends some…

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by Paige Donner

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

Cecile Bonnefond, President of Charles and Piper Heidsieck

All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2014 all rights reserved

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All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2014 all rights reserved

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.”

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

White Strawberries – The Originals

by Paige Donner

La Freizh, La Freizh!!

A young, impassioned wild strawberry producer - gariguette in French – named Julien Héliès has launched a limited production of White Strawberries.

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Did you know strawberries were originally WHITE?!

You might not have known that 300 years ago, when strawberries were first imported to Europe from Chile, they were white berries.  But they were.

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That was…

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White Strawberries - the Originals

White Strawberries – the Originals

local food and wine white strawberries fraise-ananas

by Paige Donner

La Freizh, La Freizh!!

A young, impassioned wild strawberry producer – gariguette in French – named Julien Héliès has launched a limited production of White Strawberries.

local food and wine white strawberries fraise-ananas

Did you know strawberries were originally WHITE?!

You might not have known that 300 years ago, when strawberries were first imported to Europe from Chile, they were white berries.  But they were.

La Freizh Local Food And Wine 300

That was…

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le Winelab by Bettane + Desseauve

le Winelab by Bettane + Desseauve

Thierry Desseauve at le Winelab reaching out to Michel Bettane

by Paige Donner

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?

All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2014

 

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by Paige Donner

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?

All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2014

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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.

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.

by Paige Donner

Just a few tantalizing photos… All details and descrptions to these oustanding Paris Patisseries can be found HERE at 10BEST Paris.

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Paris Patisseries In Pictures by Paige Donner Just a few tantalizing photos… All details and descrptions to these oustanding Paris Patisseries can be found HERE at…
Sydney Sunshine and Hunter Valley Wineries

Sydney Sunshine and Hunter Valley Wineries

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Australian Wine Regions

by Susie Edwardson

(guest contributing writer)

Is there anything better than guaranteed sunshine and countless rows of vineyards laid out before you, all just waiting for their unique, lovingly produced wines to be tasted? With its next door neighbour New Zealand often more commonly being regarded as the champion of wine produce Australia has only in recent years become…

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