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Champagne & Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

photograph of a chicago-style hot hog in all it's glory. hot dog was a steamed poppy-seed bun, with an all-beef hot dog nestled inside and “run through the garden” in diner-speak, with add-ons of yellow mustard, relish, tomato wedges, chopped onions, a kosher pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. But no ketchup

“What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don’t want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.” —  Michael Fassbender To the Wine Harlots, Champagne always signifies a good time. Holidays, celebrations, birthdays, weddings – you automatically […]

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Beaujolais & Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza

illustration of a vintage chicago postacard with red script and sights of Chicago super-imposed on the card. This was the first stop on the Wines of France Across America Road Trip

Chicago deep-dish pizza is legendary. Ooey-gooey deliciousness that takes nearly an hour to bake and a single slice is a meal. After the Wines of France Across America Team descended on Chicago we made a bee-line for deep-dish. Of course, we were told when we phoned in the order, “twenty-minutes.” When we arrived a half-hour […]

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Why the Wines of France Across America Tour?

photograph of an iconic silver airstream trailer from the rear with wines of france across america wrap with facebook and twitter information teases

Wines of France has embarked on a tour of the Midwest promoting the wines of France, starting off in Chicago, with stops in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Houston, before rolling the iconic Airstream trailer in to New Orleans on the eve of the Tales of the Cocktail. A road trip is a quintessentially […]

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Wines of France Across America

map of the wines of france across america summer tour 2012

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac Where in the World are the The Harlots? Today we’re in Chicago, kicking off the Wines of France Across America tour. Click on the map and be transported to for […]

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Wines of France Across America Road Trip

poster of wines of france across america with iconic images of american landmarks mash-up with wine bottles

“I was going to be left alone on my butt at the other end of the continent. But why think about that when all the golden land’s ahead of you and all kinds of unforseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?” – Jack Kerouac Road trips are an […]

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Food Porn: Bordeaux Edition

photograph of wine glasses on a aged wooden table on a tray with logos etched with Planet Bordeaux and a glass in the foreground filled with golden white Bordeaux wine

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”  — Voltaire photo credits: EatonAlive ©2011 The Wine Harlots feeding frenzy was part of a press tour sponsored by Planet Bordeaux.

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Château Reynier

photograph of Chateau Reynier in the village of Grezillac in Entre-Deaux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Owned by Marc and Agnes Lurton

After a lovely wine lunch at Planet Bordeaux we said our goodbyes and settled into the chauffeured car and off to our next appointment. Marc and Agnés Lurton are the owners of Château Reynier, in the Entre-Deaux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Lurton,  a member of one of the pre-eminent winemaking families of Bordeaux, has been making wine at […]

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Roman Wine Caves in Bordeaux at Chateau Reynier

photograph of the glowing old ancient Roman caves in Bordeaux, France on the estate of Marc and Agnes Lurton at Chateau Reynier

I looked out across The river today I saw a city in the fog and an old church tower Where the seagulls play I saw the sad shire horses walking home In the sodium light I saw two priests on the ferry October geese on a cold winter’s night And all this time, the river […]

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a photograph of a plate of caneles, the formed dessert with a carmelized shell with a custardy-cake center. The offcial pastry of Bordeaux France.

“He rolls it under his tongue as a sweet morsel.” — Matthew Henry When you speak of French pastries, what comes to mind first might be Proust’s childhood memory of madeleines or the obsession-producing macaron. But in Bordeaux, you reminisce about canelés. Canelés are baked in small molds and have a dark, chewy caramelized crust with […]

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Château Penin

photograph of a bottle of  Chateau Penin Bordeaux Rose with a wineglass to the right

“The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions, is what makes some artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.” – John Updike Château Penin has been in the Carteyron family since the vineyard was planted in 1854, with five generations tending the […]

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