Dipping a toe into Relais & Châteaux

Luxury hotels are so not my tasse de té but I confess to a soft spot for Relais & Châteaux – my bucket list for top spots to be spoiled in Spain, France and Germany

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Unveiling the New Vintage of Vin Jaune

[A shorter version of this article appeared in FT Weekend, 14th February 2015] The diocesan bishop of Saint-Claude in France’s Jura region stands facing his flock, which is packed sardine-style into the tiny twelfth-century church of Montigny-les-Arsures. Arrayed in a semi-circle behind him are members of the honourable company of Les Ambassadeurs des Vins Jaunes,… Continue reading Unveiling the New Vintage of Vin Jaune

Vin Jaune & Company – Exploring the Jura

[*a version of this article appears in the February 2015 issue of Decanter.] If you’d asked anyone about France’s Jura region and its wines a couple of decades ago, chances are you’d have received a blank stare. A few enlightened souls might have muttered something about vin jaune, or dredged up memories of faded signs… Continue reading Vin Jaune & Company – Exploring the Jura

Vacherin Mont d’Or – an Autumn Treat

Autumn signals open season for one of the greatest cheeses known to woman: a wondrous, washed-rind, cow’s milk cheese that comes on the market every September, made in small dairies in the Jura mountains, on both the Swiss and French sides of the border.