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Is Champagne Making a Comeback? The Champagnes of Armand de Brignac

Armand de Brignac Champagne

I was invited to attend a Champagne tasting at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the esteemed boardroom for a select group of wine collectors, distributors and writers to celebrate the release of Armand de Brignac’s latest cuvée – Assemblage. I especially love these events because of the table conversation among other oenophiles. I was surprised to hear from the distributors at the table they’re having trouble selling Champagne these days, whether it’s in stores or restaurants. Champagne has been marketed…

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Empty Nest Travels: Visiting a Cooking School in Burgundy, France

I’m an adventure traveler. Or I should say a foodie adventure traveler. I love exploring new places through the food. So when I was invited to spend a week in Burgundy France at a cooking school, I jumped at the opportunity. I’d be learning classic French cooking techniques, including all those classic French mother sauces, along with exploring the local foods and wines of the region. And in true empty nest style, my husband, a non-cook, tagged along. Now that…

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A Week of Classic French Cookery Training

UK native Katherine Frelon has turned her passions for cooking and teaching into a business with benefits. With no formal training, Katherine cut her so-called culinary teeth working on luxury French barges, learning to prepare world-class food in often tight quarters with limited resources. But more importantly, she learned the art of being a flexible chef, one who can adapt to ingredients, space and clients. Today, Katherine runs a cookery school in Burgundy, France in a historic villa she renovated and…

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Why I need to live in France

  Or Italy. Or Spain. The point is, I need to live in Europe. Most people think I’m crazy. What? Why would you leave the comforts of home? The place where you know how things work?  But to me, that’s precisely the attraction of living abroad. Don’t forget, I moved to Milan, Italy with two young children, just for the adventure and a chance to introduce my kids to the world.  So every dollar I save these days goes into…

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Provence Truffle and Wine Weekends

Hotel Crillon le Brave in Provence

Provence has been on my “to do” list for quite some time now. Italy is my comfort place so when I’m needing a European vacation fix, I usually end up Umbria or Tuscany. But I’ve promised myself that France, specifically Provence, should be next on my list of regions to explore.  Hotel Crillon le Brave in Provence I first discovered the Hotel Crillon le Brave in an article in Luxury Travel Magazine about the top hotel cooking schools. Whenever I travel anywhere new, I want…

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