Author Archives for Betty Carlson
The town: Olympia, Washington, USA
The time: The mid-eighties, before Olympia — or any of its inhabitants, for that matter — had become hopelessly hip.
The characters: Me and anyone I was out having a drink with.
The situation: I felt pretty chic in the local bars, because while everybody else was drinking rum and coke or margeritas, […]
Here in France, the land of elaborate holiday meals, I used to put myself out making complicated dishes for my family’s traditional Christmas Eve dinner. Over the past few years, however, we have adopted “boudin blanc”, a plump white sausauge filled with ground chicken, veal or pork mixed with egg, milk and soft bread crumbs. It is […]
While the French government hasn’t gone so far as to set up wine-tasting sessions in classrooms, a recent report released by the governing UMP party suggests that “wine classes” starting as early as primary school could help boost France’s sagging wine industry.
The document ”calls for young people to be taught the history and qualities of various types of French wine,” explains […]
It’s hard to believe, but in the France of the early 60s, viognier grew on a tiny space of 30 hectares; just for Condrieu (8 hectares!), Château-grillet and Côte-rôtie. In the 1980s, the variety started to be used in Côtes-du-Rhône wines, and its production now covers well over 2500 hectares in France.
It is the unique grape […]
Hats off to Gaillac wine producers for making their primeur wine a commercial success. I would say that here in Southwest France, it has almost dethroned Beaujolais nouveau.
So far, I’ve tasted one Gaillac primeur, from the Domaine de Labarthe , and was impressed by its structure and complexity. With notes of slightly peppered dark cherries — or […]
Le Touraine primeur est arrivé! As well as le Gaillac nouveau and other “new” wines which compete — in France, at least — with the tried and true Beaujolais nouveau.
500,000 bottles of Touraine primeur wine will be marketed in France. Although this represents a small percentage of Loire Valley wines, Touraine primeur has enjoyed AOC status since […]
It will be “very fruity and full…with tastes of raspberry and currant,” the news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur tells us here in France. The “promising” 2006 new wine is a success, according to journalist Carole Bianchi – although the title of the article refers to the “persistent economic crisis” facing French wines.
Le Monde, in an article simply entitled “Le beaujolais […]
It used to be “the town so nice they named it twice.” Then it became famous for its onions, “Walla Walla Sweets.” Now Walla Walla, a bucolic college town in the south-eastern corner of Washington State, is making it in the wine world — in a big way.
Washington State is the second-biggest wine producer in the […]
It’s hard to fight against the law of supply and demand, and the October 30th issue of Time magazine’s European edition features an in-depth cover article about how economics are wreaking havoc in the wine market. From France to Australia, winemakers are feeling the pinch as consumption, although increasing overall, cannot keep up with the […]
In March, Wine Sediments reported on the controversial decision to let French winemakers use wood chips in order to better compete with �New World� wines. Hold on, Simon. The decision may well never be applied to the best French wines. The INAO (Institut National des Appellations d�Origine) has just announced, to the astonishment of French […]