Monday, December 19, 2016

Gérard Bertrand Wines - Good With Everything

by Paige Donner

Sure, many of them are organic, some are even natural wine. And yes, they consistently offer rich tastes and aromas, balanced with nice acidity where they're supposed to be. 

And, OK, the packaging is attractive, easy to read and clearly explains the wine you're getting. 


Of course it doesn't hurt that the producer and namesake of these wines is a retired superstar athlete known and loved by all of France and the sports world. That the wines have, for the most part, affordable as a characteristic is only another plus. 


But, the greatest thing, to me anyway, about Gérard Bertrand wines is that, well...they Go With Everything! 

And sure to please Everyone this holiday season. 

GerardBertrandWines - available widely across North America

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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.

Music courtesy of

"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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