10 Top SIP Tips when…visiting the Bordeaux Wine Region

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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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When Best to Visit?

Temperatures start warming up at the beginning of April…

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2012 Bordeaux: classic Merlot wines made by the perceptive winemaker

Elegant classic Bordeaux wines with velvety purity were made this year by those winemakers with sensitive insight. The top wines were Merlot dominated (as this variety was able to ripen before the rains) with the top appellations being St Emilion, Pomerol, Pessac-Léognan (red and whites) and some of Margaux. Those in touch with their vines, with nature, who got out of … Continue reading 2012 Bordeaux: classic Merlot wines made by the perceptive winemaker

Wind of Change for Bordeaux’s Wine Tourism

First Published in Gilbert & Gaillard International Wine Magazine 'Portes Ouvertes’; Wind of Change for Wine Tourism in Bordeaux In Bordeaux today châteaux doors are opening to welcome wine tourists in their numbers to enjoy an innovative range of wine-related activities. This has not always been the case for the old world capital of wine, … Continue reading Wind of Change for Bordeaux’s Wine Tourism