The Primeurs for 2013 have started somewhat oddly with the very sad news of the death of Christine Valette of an old St Emilion family (who used to own Pavie) and owner of up-and-rising star Château Troplong Mondot and news of the extravagant party at Angelus with its bells, fanfares and James Bond music. The … Continue reading First Glimpse of 2013 Right Bank – Figeac flourishes
The beautiful city of Bordeaux with its tall 18th century limestone buildings, wide streets and attractive river-front is undisputably the world’s wine capital. It is the heart of the largest wine region in France (produces one quarter of all wine in France) and stretches over 110,000 hectares. In the past this wine region of 8000 châteaux has been criticised as being closed and unwelcoming. Things have certainly changed and the stiff châteaux doors are wide open offering a wealth of options ‘autour du vin’; cooking lessons, tasting old vintages, wine and cheese and blending your own wine. More than 3 million tourists each year visit Bordeaux and its region. With such choice available of what to see and do, it can be a little daunting. Here are some tips from a resident wine lover guide to make the most of your visit.
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Bordeaux is home to some of the best red wines in the world and the best beef! About an hour south of Bordeaux lies in the small town of Bazas, the heart of its production. It is a 'normal' Girondine town located on a hill which has its own Cathedral, an attractive arcaded main square, … Continue reading The Best Beef in France celebrates – the Bazadaise
In Bordeaux there are two key wine regions; the Medoc (45 mins and another hour or so to the top of the route de chateau at Pauillac) and St Emilion (45 mins away). My advice with a young teenage in tow, would be to spend your first day in Bordeaux itself which is a beautiful city. There is a tour … Continue reading Bordeaux Wine Tour: How to Keep your Kids happy