Friday, December 2, 2016

Episode 22 - Paris GOOD food + wine, the Christmas 2016 Show by Paige Donner

by Paige Donner

Happy Holidays to you and yours from Paris!

If you're listening to the show from outside France I'd like to share with you some of the sights and sounds and smells that make up the warm and cheerful holiday season here in the City of Lights.


Angelo Musa, Exec Pastry Chef, Plaza Athénée Paris & His star pastries for Christmas 2016

First of all, Christmas decorations start going up by about the 3rd week of November, giving us a long run-up to the happiest day of the year.

The Christmas markets on the Champs-Elysées and in Paris' St.-Germain-des-Prés are all up by this time, too. Here you can find mulled wine, that warm, sweet and spicy red wine that is so emblematic of the holidays here in Europe. The savory smells of roasting chestnuts and hot crepes are also wafting in the air.

Christmas trees are outside all the florist's shops and a common site one sees is people walking down the narrow cobble streets carrying one home for their kids.

The churches, like St. Paul on rue St. Antoine in the Marais, have their creches on display, often lit with twinkling candles that invite you to gaze in wonder and reverence on the baby Jesus manger scene, so central to Christmas celebrations.

This year, for our December show, I'm introducing you to a truly marvelous gourmet gift shop that is easy to find in the Les Halles district, Paris' traditional food district. It's called the Boutique Dans Le Noir and is the little shop of specialty food items that is associated with the celebrated restaurant, Dans Le Noir, a restaurant staffed entirely by the blind and nearly blind. Our interviewee for this segment is the boutique's staff intern, Rasmya Hadji, originally from the Comores Islands and perfectly bilingual in both French and English.

Next, I take you to meet the Plaza Athenée's new pastry chef, Angelo Musa. Here in Paris, the Plaza is one of the holiday destinations of choice and always does things up with great Christmas fanfare. This year, in addition to their Dior decorated Christmas tree, they are also featuring, as is custom, a special tea time. There are few more delicious ways to enjoy a cosy December afternoon than with a pot of tea or hot chocolate and a delicate, melt-in-your mouth fine pastry made by Chef Musa.

So curl up by the proverbial fireplace and enjoy our special Christmas 2016 edition of Paris GOOD food + wine.

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"First Noel" - R&B version


Traditional English Christmas song in a Rhythm and Blues instrumental version. The author of this song in unknown, many dates it back to 13th century. The first publications were with the name "The first nowell".

"Ding Dong Merrily on High"


One of the most famous and our favorites traditional Christmas song. The lyrics was published in 1924 by George Woodward, while the melody is dated back about to the 15th century and was a popular French carol.

"Silent Night" - Disco edition


One of the most famous Christmas carol translated in over 300 languages. Published here in a disco version in honor of the Austrian author of the melody Franz Gruber who has composed it as a sprightly, dance-like song.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Episode 21 Paris GOOD food + wine November 2016

Paige Donner, host-producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you the November '16 episode of the program, the first-ever English language radio show and podcast about French food and wine broadcast from Paris. To contact Paige for hosting and media offers:

In this show, Episode 21,  we'll be speaking with the co-founder of the Vendanges Solidaires initiative, Ludovic Dardenay. This is a crowdsourcing platform to help vineyard owners and winemakers who are having a tough year due primarily to climactic conditions. 

Next we speak with the Director of the Burgundy Wine SchoolBrigitte Houdeline, who talks to us from the school's location in Beaune, France. Lastly, one of the instructors of the Ecole du Vin de BourgogneNicolas Tacquard, offers his insights on the wine and food pairing course offered by the school.


So relax and enjoy another episode of Paris GOOD food + wine, with me, your host and producer, Paige Donner.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Episode 20 Paris GOOD food + wine by Paige Donner, Host-Producer

Paige Donner, Host-Producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you Episode 20 in Season 3 of the show available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio. Also available on the Podcast Channel Network App (iOS and Android).

Episode 20 features an interview with Ara Starck, renowned French artist living in NYC who spent part of her summer in Bordeaux's Bassin d'Arcachon where this interview took place, namely at Ha(a)itza, the newly opened resort interior designed by her father Philippe Starck featuring exquisite stained glass artwork by Ara.

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The second feature interview is with Arnaud Faugas, an artist and native Bordelais


whose whimsical illustrations and watercolors of the Bordeaux wine world has made him famous in the region and even further afield such as the US.

Recent showings of his work can be found in Bordeaux's CIVB wine bureau offices and wine tasting room and also at an art gallery in Washington D.C.



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Saturday, September 10, 2016

SEASON 3 Episode 19 Paris GOOD food + wine with Paige Donner

Paige Donner host-producer of Paris GOOD food + wine talks with James Beard book award winner Dewey Markham Jr.

He is the author of 1855 A History of Bordeaux Classification.



He's also a long-time expat resident of France who originates from NYC.
The interview takes place at the historic and lively Marché Capucins in Bordeaux, France.


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Friday, September 2, 2016

On iTunes Episode 18 Paris GOOD food + wine Loire Valley Wines with Paige Donner

Paige Donner, host-producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you a special sweet summer '16 episode of the program, the first-ever English language radio show and podcast about French food and wine broadcast from Paris. 

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In this show we'll be looking at Loire Valley Wines in-depth. Reaching into our past show archives, when the program first started out and was called World of Wine, I have linked together separate episodes focusing on Loire Valley reds, whites, rosés, sparkling and also sweet wines. 


So enjoy as you get ready for the upcoming harvest season. And hopefully enjoy with a glass of Loire Valley wines!

Happy End of Summer, 


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Waltzing With Chapoutier's Mathilda Rosé

"There aren't many other countries, besides France, that make rosé wines...". This is the surprising fact I was told by Team Chapoutier at their second annual Mathilda Rosé kick-off in Paris.​​​​​​​​

So when Chapoutier of both organic wine and Cote du Rhône fame took his game to Australia and decided to produce a fresh and fun rosé downunder, and then market it in France in time for the summer season, it was kind of like turning the tables on the two hemispheres, the new world sort of playing to the old.

In short, however you shake it, this Mathilda Rosé is a summertime winner. It's light and fresh and just fruity enough to make it thoroughly rosé-y. The fact that there are no added sulfites make you ever so thankful the day after.

And like a stroke of Australian sun, so far the only sunny day in June in Paris this season, was the day that Team Chapoutier chose to have their Mathilda Rosé beach party down by the Seine. Makes me wonder if we ought to be drinking more of this Mathilda?



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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Geant Casino Wine Tasting Paris

Every Year the Giant Supermarkets in France stage a wine festival in their stores where cases of some of France's top wines, and also wines yet to be discovered, can be had for fairly bargain prices. France's Geant Casino grocery store chain, with approximately 400 stores across the country, is one who upholds this tradition with good taste.


The French have it easy, at least when it comes to buying good French wines. And every Fall, many of these top French wines, and wines, too, from smaller lesser known producers, can be found and purchased for competitive prices, especially by US standards, at their local grocery stores.

Geant Casino, one of France's biggest and best in terms of quality, grocery store chains, boasts approximately 400 stores throughout the country. These stores vary in sizes from a super-Ralph's or Vons to their smaller Franprix which is more like the size of a Trader Joe's.

Each year their tasters, such the as young Sophie Talbot, fan out across the mosaic land to find, taste and bring back the best wines to offer their customers for the annual Foire aux Vins, wine celebration days that takes place each Fall.

Foire aux Vins 2016: September 2 - 17 Geant Casino and Casino Supermarche


Two Of Les Vins de Eric Beaumard's Vie

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the celebrated and celebrity sommelier of Paris's Four Seasons Hotel George V has released two of his own wines under his own label this year which will be available through Geant Casino. The first is a rose, Cotes de Provence, "Les Garrigues d'Eric Beaumard" whose freshness and acidity will leave you reaching for more. This 2015 is full of white flowers and shows off nicely with salad, grilled vegetables and also paper-thin carpaccio.

His next offering, a Chablis, goes by the name of "Les Ammonites." Here you will find the 2015 giving off hints of almond as you sip its generous liquidity.  Per Eric, best enjoyed with small toasts of smoked salmon or oysters from Cancale or Oleron.


Bordeaux - Right Bank

Chateau de Pressac is one of the most beautiful chateaus in St. Emilion. If you've ever had the privilege to visit, the memory of it will overshadow even its wines, which is saying quite a lot given this is a Grand Cru. The 2011 on offer here is a stroke of luck to get since the legendary 2010 have all long sold out.  Expect a bouquet of blackcurrant and blackberry with dried tabacco leaves. Once tasted you can look forward to black fruits, slightly candies, finishing with a long elegance and freshness.

Enjoy this wine with red meats, grilled or stewed and also fine cheeses.


Looking to make a new discovery and perhaps a new conquest? Look no farther than Portugal's red and white wines. Of course when one thinks of the Douro, Port wines often first come to mind. And while the Douro has made significant headway in recent years getting its unfortified reds onto the international market, their whites still remain a bit of a mystery.

Beira Interior Quinta Do Cardo

This little red that could won the Gold Medal in Brussels in 2015. Its full name is Beira Interior Quinta Do Cardo Touriga Nacional Reserva 2012. An easy to drink but complex red, you'll find here notes of violette and dark chocolate. Expect firm, dense tannins.

Serve with a roast and/ or aged cheese.

Dao Quinta Do Cerrado Encruzado 2015

Of the two Portugal whites on offer for this wine bonanza at Casino, this is the more mineral of the two. Fresh fruits, intense color, small flowers and nice balance.

Best as aperitif or with shellfish.

Douro Vallegre Colheita Branco 2014

This is the wine to bring to the bbq or a meal where everyone is to pleased. It has the mark of an international wine. Hints of lemon on the nose, with an ample mouth, warm and rich.

Photos: by Paige Donner of the selection of wines to look forward to this Fall at Geant Casino. Tasting at Drouant Paris.