Chef Interview Series – 5 Questions for: Valérie Diaz, Chef at Les Fines Herbes, Saint Cloud (Greater Paris), France. Qu. 1 What is the inspiration behind the wonderful food created at Les Fines Herbes ? The observations of everyday life and I like to saunter to the market to stay in the heart of every season;…

Close your eyes and try to picture the Amalfi Coast, with its beautiful cliffs and green mountains. Taking in the atmosphere of the stylish, tiny towns dotted along the coast: Amalfi, Maiori, Ravello. Then add to this, the unique blend of its famous aromatic lemons, enchanting classical music and wonderful wine tasting under the stars.…

Chef Interview Series – 5 Questions for: Raquel Marques, Chef at Tasca Jota Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.   Q1. What does Tasca Jota mean and what is the inspiration for this restaurant?  Tasca Jota is the perfect marriage of the traditional Portuguese cuisine with a very modern twist. All our creations are based on Portuguese dishes…

“Southern Italy offers something different!” Often, when people think of visiting mainland Italy, it is the northern and central regions…however, for me, Southern Italy offers something different! I reminisce about the yummy taste of the best pizza and limoncello, the sunny cliffs of Costiera Amalfitana – and for those who love geography – the volcano of Mount…

Consider Chilling Red Wine. As the warmer weather approaches, chilled white, rosé and sparkling wines are strongly promoted and made more prominent on wine lists everywhere; at wine tastings; and at social events and friendly get-togethers. So what about the large number of wine lovers who’d prefer a glass of red over white or rosé…

Winemaker Interview Series – 5 Questions for: Lionel Gauthier, Winemaker at Domaine du Viking, Loire Valley (Vouvray), France. 1- How long have you been making wine and what do you enjoy most ? I have been making wine for decades! Our winery has been in existence for many, many years. We discovered ownership documents in…

6 of the Best Wine Bars in Paris “What are the best wine bars in Paris?”. As a Parisian and wine enthusiast, I’m often asked what to recommend. Through my own ‘exhaustive’ trial and error, I’ve decided to share 6 of the Best Wine Bars in Paris for Great Wine Days readers. Santé! Chez Nous…

Winemaker Interview Series – 5 Questions for: Andrea Masi, Winemaker at Cantine Bellini, Tuscany, Italy. 1- How long have you been making wine and what do you enjoy most? The Bellini Family descends from an ancestry of landowners, which began to distribute their vineyard and farm products in the 19th century, paying close attention to wine production. We completed…

Chef Interview Series – 5 Questions for: Henri Leclerc, Executive Chef at La Maison Des Halles, Tours, France. (EN:  English  FR: Francais)     Qu. 1 When and how did your passion for food begin? In my mother’s kitchen or during large family meals at my grandmother’s. It was a kitchen of love and sharing. Like…

  Top 5 Ways to Pick Wine in a Restaurant. At Great Wine Days we understand just how daunting, overwhelming or time-consuming picking wine can be for some, so here are our ‘Top 5 Ways to Pick Wine in a Restaurant – and enjoy doing so! Let’s start with or favourite tip… 1. Ask the sommelier or waiter…