Archive for October, 2008 :
In recent years winemakers have been paying increased attention to the outside of a wine bottle in order to better protect what’s inside. As the value of Bordeaux’s top wines continues to rise so does the danger of counterfeiting, leading the châteaux to go further than before in defending their reputations. In February, a London [...]
I only had a half day to spend with Olivier visiting estates, so I knew that we had to maximize our time together. I wanted to get two distinct impressions of terroir in the Southern Rhone Valley, and Olivier set up visits and tastings at Chateau de Trignon and Domaine de la Janasse. Our first [...]
During my short stay in Avignon for the wine and culinary tourism conference, I managed to see and/or experience 6 hotels in the region, most in Avignon, with a couple outside of Avignon. Here’s a brief recap of some hotels to help you get a feel for accommodations in the area. If you are looking [...]
We continue our wine and culinary tourism conference, and today is dedicated to meeting as many wine and culinary tour suppliers as physically possible in one day-under one roof near the Popes Palace. The trade show is represented by regional and local tourist boards, but there are also accommodation and service providers and my ...
We heed the early morning call and start our day at a local chocolate factory. The business has been around for several years; this is a new venture which combines a learning element to chocolate making. I start with wine and chocolate pairings class. Our sommelier and resident personality Christophe grabbed our attention with his [...]
I’m spending a week with other travel professionals for a wine tourism conference in the Cotes du Rhone around Avignon. We were a group of 25 or so professionals specializing in wine and culinary tours, many from Europe or the far East. This gave for a very interesting mix of discussions and opinions about what [...]
By Bill Shepard Starting the fall wine season off in fine style, the French Embassy on October 4 hosted a Taste of France showcase of wine, spirits and fine foods, with informative cultural and travel highlights also featured. The presenters were very knowledgeable, patiently answering queries from experts and novices alike. They ...
A Week in Bordeaux – Day Two – 2nd September 2008 Our second day started with a trip north to St Estephe and the unclassed Chateau Haut-Marbuzet. This winery, which dominates the tiny hamlet of Marbuzet, is something of an enigma. It sits on the same escarpment which joins Chateau Montrose with Chateau Cos d’Estournel, [...]
Wine Of The Month I rummaged around my wine cellar, and found a bottle of the St. Émilion Premier Grand Cru, Château Belair 1982. This had been a gift from the winemaker, Pascal Delbeck, one of the finest winemakers of my acquaintance. Years later, after my return to Washington, noticing a potential problem with [...]
Subject: Bordeaux Prestige day 2 The Medoc, Pauillac and Ste.-Julien appellations I feel like a princess. Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron is an exquisite property, and my petit group of 8 people has private use of the entire place during this week of wine touring. Each room is beautifully appointed, having been recently restored to ...