Visiting Rioja Top Addresses from a Wine Lover

The wine region of Rioja is not far from Bordeaux and some of my clients go there first or after a few days of wine touring with me in Bordeaux. The region is much more arid and the grape variety is mostly Tempranillo (though it is known as the Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon) but the wine … Continue reading Visiting Rioja Top Addresses from a Wine Lover

2019 Bordeaux Summer Heat Wave

  To deleaf or not is the question this year in Bordeaux. There is a lot of vegetation yet the risk of scorch with the exceptionally hot temperatures has been high. In Bordeaux luckily mostly the leaves have been left on the vines so far and act like an umbrella covering the pea sized grapes … Continue reading 2019 Bordeaux Summer Heat Wave

New Varieties to be added to the Bordeaux Melting Pot to combat global warming

IN an attempt to combat the rising heat due to global warming; new varieties approved were approved recently at the syndicate’s annual general meeting Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superior were four reds, Arinarnoa, Touriga Nacional (portuguese), Marselan and Castets, and three whites, Alvarinho (found in Spain and Portugal), Petit Manseng (Jurancon) and Liliorila. The vines were … Continue reading New Varieties to be added to the Bordeaux Melting Pot to combat global warming

Picnic Lunch in the heart of St Emilion – and a glass of bubbly!

St Emilion is a magical place with its myriad of little cobbled streets that lead past its many historical monuments. Les Cordeliers is not as well-known as St Emilion's famous monolithic church (hewn out of the creamy limestone by Benedictine monks over 300 years from 9th to 12th century) - but its been a favorite … Continue reading Picnic Lunch in the heart of St Emilion – and a glass of bubbly!

Wine Touring in Bordeaux? Here are some top tips to know

Bordeaux, UNESCO registered since 2007, is undoubtedly the world’s wine capital. It is well worth visiting along with its vineyards which are France’s largest with 60 different appellations and around 8,000 châteaux. Although the region produces a range of wines including dry and sweet white, rosé and even sparkling – Bordeaux is known for its red wines. The best … Continue reading Wine Touring in Bordeaux? Here are some top tips to know

A Short History of Armagnac

The growing of vines goes all the way back to the Romans and the mosaics discovered in the remains of the Gallo-Roman villas in the Gers bear witness to this heritage. Much later, towards the end of the sixth century, the Vascons invaded the country that was to carry their name, becoming the Duchy of … Continue reading A Short History of Armagnac

Behind the Pink Walls on the Route de Châteaux in the Medoc

My first ever visit to the hallowed vineyards of the Medoc was in the early 1980s, when I was 16 years old. It was to Château Siran with its dusky pink buildings just off the D2 Route de Châteaux. I remember ascending this simple road in this flat landscape with these wonderful châteaux that appeared … Continue reading Behind the Pink Walls on the Route de Châteaux in the Medoc

2018 Bordeaux Predicting the Future

Some very nice wines (see my favorites below) made with even increased precision of winemaking but generally not the finesse of 2016s. It was a hot summer so alcohol levels can be high and some wines are tannic and lack freshness. But there are some real success stories as we understand better and better with … Continue reading 2018 Bordeaux Predicting the Future

Brebis and Bordeaux – the traditional pairing

What's the connection you may ask between the ewe's milk cheese made in the Pyrenees mountains and Bordeaux? (and it goes without saying of course the sweet milk fed lamb speciality of the Medoc region around Pauillac marry superbly with the fruity red rich wines of Bordeaux) Traditionally in the winter when grass is covered … Continue reading Brebis and Bordeaux – the traditional pairing

Awesome Armagnac – just down the road

I love the earthy, fruity tones of armagnac particularly after a heavy meal here in Bordeaux. Yet we have all been north to Cognac and enjoyed its polished and smooth flavours and slick marketing but never thought to make the trip south to Armagnac, the most ancient brandy dating back some 700 years. I organise … Continue reading Awesome Armagnac – just down the road