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What I think makes Bordeaux the top European City to visit

Beating 20 other selected top destinations. In 2016 it will only be 2 hours from Paris by the TGV train so fingers crossed it wont change too much. We like it like it is! But it was not always that way. When I first arrived in Bordeaux in 1989 in an old 2CV Citroen car from England it was … Continue reading

Wine world welcomes Winewoo

  A new wine application home-grown in Bordeaux to challenge existing Danish Vinvino is on the verge of being born. Its difference is its rich information database sourced directly from the producers themselves (rather than relying on consumers to nourish it as with Vivino). Taking a photo of the label with your smartphone is the … Continue reading

Bordeaux’s Best Restaurants by theme by a local

With over 20 years in Bordeaux and with my own dining expériences and the feedback from my wine tour clients here is a list of my favorite restaurants in Bordeaux! Fine Cuisine Solena* Le Croc Loup GaroPapilles Le Pavillion de Boulevard Brasserie-Style Centre Ville La Brasserie Bordelaise Le Plat à Oreilles Le Bouchon Bordelaise Chartrons – L’Air de Famille L’Atelier … Continue reading

Wines delivered direct to your door from the SIP (Small Independent Producer)

If you know where to look, Bordeaux is the home to many great value wines, despite being better known for some of the most expensive in the world. Some of these properties lie just on the ‘wrong side of the boundary’. With 25 years in the Bordeaux region I have come across such treasures. Hence the SIP … Continue reading

A Secret St Emilion Grand Cru: A perfect SIP!

Franck Moureau represents the ninth generation of the same family to make wine at Château Béard La Chapelle, St Emilion Grand Cru located in a little valley just outside of the famous village of St Emilion. He is a perfect example of a SIP, a Small, Independent Producer ( A great location but as the … Continue reading

The Wine Region of Graves, time to be taken seriously

First published in the Gilbert & Gaillard magazine in 2013 ( Photos copyright Haut Bailly (except Dubourdieu) Graves, the birthplace of Bordeaux wines, is today overshadowed by Bordeaux’s more powerful wine regions  of the Médoc , Pomerol and St Emilion. This has been caused by a number of setbacks in its recent history, but there … Continue reading

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading

The Price Cycle: 2012 Bordeaux chooses to listen and prices come down

At this time of year usually it is ‘the waiting game’. The world wine press and buyers have been and gone. Tasted the baby wine scarcely 6 months of age and reported their findings (except Parker of course). Yet this year 2012 prices have started to come out early and are, so far, what was hoped and … Continue reading

Popular Pessac; Record Primeur Numbers at Château Olivier

A record number of people were received this week despite the April rain showers at the annual primeur tasting in Pessac-Léognan hosted by Château Olivier, one of Bordeaux’s most historic properties dating back to the 14th century. Pessac Léognan was claimed by many to be one of the most successful appellations in 2012 foe both its … Continue reading

17th Vinexpo – good for Bordeaux not theTrojan Horse!

Between the 16 to 20 June 2013 Bordeaux opens its doors to over 50,000 wine professionals. Its first in 1981 was viewed by some as a potential Trojan Horse inviting the world’s wine competition to Bordeaux”s doorstep. Today Vinexpo is an accepted part of the city’s calender (every other year) particularly appreciated by restaurateurs, taxi drivers and hotels alike. Just don’t try and … Continue reading