Michelle A. Le Brun is a passionate wine enthusiast. Her professional career is multidimensional: 13 years in the wine industry -- 10 of which she's been a fine wine consultant; a decade as a public relations and marketing specialist in the environmental engineering industry; she managed scheduling and correspondence activities for a California congressman on Capitol Hill; and her fifteen minutes of fame was working at the White House on President Reagan's speechwriting staff. Writing and wine have always been her passion. She hopes to demystify, educate, and entertain those who share her love of the fermented grape. She holds a BA in Journalism, is a member of the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) and is pursuing her Certified Wine Specialist (CWS) accreditation. Le Brun, her husband, daughter and son twins, and beloved lab Riley, live in the Finger Lakes Wine Country on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York.
Vins de France 101: Alsace, France’s Little Wine Treasure
Take a deep breath. While exhaling, say “Ahhhl zas.” It resonates like a yoga mantra with the emphasis on “Ahhh.” The phonetic version of Alsace reveals the beauty of this little border province and the prominence of one of France’s smallest wine regions. It harbors a medieval landscape from a bygone era. Half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, and Romanesque churches have you anticipating someone heavily cloaked in costume to walk by you munching on a giant turkey leg.