Jacqueline Friedrich: The Wine Humanist WINE BY PEOPLE, FOR PEOPLE; WINE FROM THE HEART

Selected Works

Wine Guide
An indispensable, user-friendly guide to France’s best and best-value wines. Don’t leave home without it!
Wine & Food Guide
The first and only in-depth guide to the wines and foods of the Loire.
My various reflections on Didier Dagueneau compiled and posted here.
For Those Who Want Yesterday's Papers
My Previously Published (and retrievable) Articles
Website Supplement
A guide to the people who make frequent appearances in FrenchFeast and their gastronomic (or other) tales.
Wine Tours

Jackiezine: Whatever is propelling the windmills of my mind.

Domaine des Baumard: Once Again in the Line of Fire

February 11, 2012

Tags: Baumard, Anjou, Quarts de Chaume, cryoextraction, vignes larges, Jim Budd, Rene Renou

The back-and-forth with blogger Jim Budd (Jim's Loire) starts here:
October 17, 2010
Wine colleague and Loire enthusiast Jim Budd has a website called Jim’s Loire. In a recent post he spoke of his deception after having visited the Quarts de Chaume vineyards of Domaine (more…)

Winalogs: JF & TT

October 7, 2011

Tags: Terry Theise, wine, alcohol content, climate change, yields, residual sugar

Off and on during the year -- and when he's not traveling and proselytizing -- Terry Theise and I engage in a multi-email debate about some wine-related issue or other. They are always friendly and lighthearted but touch on the issues of the day.
Herewith, I share with you (for what it's worth)our (more…)

When a Celebrity Cook Interprets a Pertinent Comment as a Personal Barb

March 17, 2011

Tags: Marcella Hazan, molecular cooking, Marcellus Aurelius, French food, celebrity chefs

Four or five days ago Marcella Hazan posted the following on her Facebook page. It reintroduces a subject so apparently dear to her heart as to amount to an obsession: the abomination (not my feeling) that is the phenomenon known as "molecular gastronomy" and represented most visibly by Ferran Adria.
I visited El Bulli (more…)

French food vs Italian food: Must One Take Sides?

January 17, 2011

Tags: French food, cuisine, Italian food, Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, Ferran Adria

A Report from Facebook:
In early January, Marcella Hazan hosted a long thread on her Facebook page. In essence, it celebrated Italian gastronomy in no small part by demonizing French gastronomy in general and so-called celebrity chefs like Ferran Adria and Thomas Keller in particular, and, of all people, Julia Child.
As an eater, (more…)

Domaine des Baumard: Once Again in the Line of Fire

October 17, 2010

Tags: Domaine des Baumard, Quarts de Chaume, Jim Budd, cryoextraction

Wine colleague and Loire enthusiast Jim Budd has a website called Jim’s Loire. In a recent post he spoke of his deception after having visited the Quarts de Chaume vineyards of Domaine des Baumard – claiming that the vines were overcropped and that the wines were made by using cryoextraction. He also posted photos (more…)

Biodynamics: the Ongoing Debate

August 17, 2010

Tags: biodynamics, Rudolph Steiner, science, empiricism, diversity, grapes

On the blog “Saignee” Tom Mansell, a science writer for The New York Cork Report, is, to quote Saignee “inject(ing) a little hands on science to the ongoing debate over biodynamics…”
Tom will focus on the writings of Rudolph Steiner and Nicolas Joly and will visit vineyards, presumably in or near New York.

A Day at the Fair: A Game Plan

January 25, 2010

Tags: Salon des Vins de Loire, Loire Wine Fair

This time next week I will be on a local train taking me from the Port Boulet station to the Gare Angers St. Lo on my way to the Salon des Vins de Loire. I always have an ambitious program planned for myself and am lucky if I manage to accomplish a third of (more…)

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Jewish Haikus and One of My Own

December 3, 2009

Tags: jewish humor, that's life, writer's block, deadlines

I don't know who wrote these but a friend forwarded them to me. Many made me laugh out loud. I hope they brighten you day and lighten your mood too.

There's a postscript: At the end of the text there's a haiku I write after having been challenged by a friend.

Herewith, the Jewish Haikus:

Beyond Valium,
peace is knowing one's child
is an internist.

On Passover we
opened the door for Elijah.
Now our cat is gone.

After the warm rain
the sweet smell of camellias.
Did you wipe your feet?

Her lips near my ear,
Aunt Sadie whispers the name
of her friend's disease.

Today I am (more…)

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Remember, You're Alone in the Kitchen

October 4, 2009

Tags: peaches, ratafia, harvest, canning

Writing Loire2 and dealing with the abundant harvest in my garden has taken up all of my time recently. That and dentist appointments. Now the tumult of the garden is dying down. It’s basically just walnuts and apples now and the last of the cherry tomatoes and some green tomatoes that I’ve (more…)

A Health Care Debate Among "Friends"

August 16, 2009

Tags: health care, health insurance, Obama, CNN, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich

This is a "discussion" that appears on my FaceBook Homepage. An old NYC comrade, Sally Belk King, started it off by taking one of the many polls, this one involving the health care controversy. I thought the discussion worth repeating here as only Sally's friends will see it on FaceBook -- and as I have strong (more…)

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A young, attractive, quasi-urban -- aka modern-looking -- couple was chosen deliberately. She approaches as he is eating a slice of Lou Perac while his sheep graze. She says, "Is it for Lou Perac that you come this far?" He answers, basically,"You get the best milk from here and you need the best milk to make the best cheese."
She replies, "Sometimes I think you care more about your sheep than about me."
He just looks at her.


Nit-pickers snarked at Obama's having given the Queen of England an iPod. Turned out she asked for one. He filled it with videos of her trips to America. Knowing that "Oklahoma" is her favorite musical, Obama also gave the Queen a rare book of Richard Rodgers' music.

I posted this song for Maureen Fant because we refer to her husband Franco as "the lion" and when we're all driving somewhere in the car we usually end up singing the song. Franco usually starts it. And the reason the song came to mind is that MSNBC posted a clip from The Today Show with really cute baby lions on it. They played The Lion Sleeps Tonight in the background. Now I better do something serious -- like taste some chenin blancs.

Kind of fitting that Obama chose to quote lyrics from a depression-era song.
BTW, if you watch the clip to the end, when the second couple dances, you'll get an idea of my ballroom competence.


Of the hundreds of email jokes about the election that have been sent to me, I think this is my favorite.