Discover where to get the best cassoulet in the city - and where to go for wine to match it! Sommelier and Ô Chateau wine bar owner Olivier Magny shares with us some of his favourite places in and around Paris.
In New York City there’s always an event happening – an art show, a book launch, a new bar or restaurant opening. Any day of the week there will be a long list of places throwing some kind of fete that you want to go to. I, of course, am fixated on attending all the French ones.
Paris-based bar à vin owner and wine connoisseur Olivier Magny talks to MaVieFrançaise® about his love of the grape, blogging, and his latest book entitled ‘Into Wine’, which will be on the shelves in April.
Once a year, we head to one of the salons des vins des vignerons indépendants to discover independent wine producers from all over France. We spend a few hours sampling wines, champagnes, cognacs and armagnacs. The salon is also our chance to chat with the vignerons and, of course, to buy wine.
The once-banned, French-distilled absinthe is back in vogue in Chicago. And, thanks to the efforts of Lucid Absinthe, it's easier than ever to give 'the green fairy' a try on its own, mixed with water and an optional sugar cube, or in a modern or classic cocktail.
What if I told you France produces great-tasting, high-quality craft beers? Would you be surprised? If so, you're not alone. France does indeed offer some of the finer things in life - including beer.
There is nothing I would rather do on a warm Paris evening than picnic with friends. But we have all seen the police come by demanding picnickers to put their alcohol away.
Many people outside of France... do not know that it is the home of some excellent beer. This has led to bars putting higher quality beers on tap. In addition, two breweries in Paris were reopened, one in 2009 and the other in 2010, after both had been closed for 40 years.
Positioned 20,000kms away from the Hexagon and a mere 1500km from the east coast of Australia sits an island. It has boulangeries, pâtisseries, and snorkelling that rivals the Great Barrier Reef. Its people speak the language of Voltaire, but their skins bake under the same intense sunshine that beats down on Queensland.