Food History

Food History

Long History of the Fig

Emma Bridgewater Figs (Photo P. Hunt) By Patrick Hunt – If asked what the oldest cultivated fruit might be, how surprised would anyone be to know it could be the fig (represented by the botanical specimen of Ficus carica), apparently cultivated through the long Early Neolithic at least back to […]

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s Domaine de Beaurenard

Domaine de Beaurenard, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Sept. 2023 (Photo P. Hunt) By Patrick Hunt – Regardless how many times I’ve had a wine degustation in Chateauneuf-du-Pape over three decades, it never fails to excite when driving over the regional road D-68 from the north into the vineyards and then finally see the […]

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Albert Seltz Wines in Mittelbergheim, Alsace

By Patrick Hunt – One of the oldest and respected domaines in Alsace, already known for some of the oldest continuing wineries in the world, is Domaine Albert Seltz in Mittelbergheim from 1576, with fourteen generations of wine production for highly sought-after wines. The current patriarch Albert took over from […]

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Champagne Legacy: Chateau de Boursault

By Patrick Hunt – Everyone knows Veuve Cliquot Champagne – now in the prestigious LVMH Group – and most know the story of Nicole Barbe Ponsardin, daughter of Baron Nicholas Ponsardin, who founded this grand maison champagne in the 19th century as both a visionary pioneer who helped put champagne […]

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Roero Piedmont: History, Legends and Ancient Viticulture

By Patrizia Passerini – A land surrounded by woods and hills, composed of vineyards and lush fruit trees, overlooked by beautiful and imposing castles, embellished by ancient churches.  It’s Roero, in the heart of the Piedmont wine region, in northern Italy.  Roero is situated between Langhe and Monferrato, in the […]

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Burgundy’s Historic Wine Village, Vosne-Romanée

Vosne-Romanée  (Photo P. Hunt, 2015) By Patrick Hunt -  Vosne-Romanée may be known to many connoisseurs as the most exclusive wine village not only in the Côte-d’Or and perhaps all of Burgundy, but it is even more valuable historically as its name preserves its distant past. The Romans were indeed […]

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Champagne History: The Lasting Legacy of Bubbles

  By Catherine Clover – “Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s champagne!” _Winston Churchill, WWII As the year 2014 comes to a close, it is a most fitting time to reflect upon the year in review and prepare resolutions for the year ahead. After meeting […]