Bordeaux Wine Experience Day 1: Masterclass Tasting and Wine and Cheese Dinner


Now that we were in Bordeaux and checked into Château Coulon Laurensac, and given a welcome glass of Jean Louis Ballarin Brut, AOC Crémant de Bordeaux to get our taste buds ready for wine, we were ready to start our Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour, put on by The Bordeaux Wine Experience. The tour began [Read more …]

The Bordeaux Wine Experience


If you follow our blogs, you know we travel a lot. It becomes challenging to budget our travel dollars and do everything that we want to do. But every once in a while we decide to splurge. Our last big splurge was the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon. What an incredible time. We walked [Read more …]

Exploring Bordeaux, France


Bordeaux France is one of those places that we always wanted to visit, but had never made it there. On this trip to France, we planned to rectify that gaping hole in our wine education (not to speak of our appreciation) with a few days visit in September during harvest. As we searched for touring [Read more …]

Continuing our Trip to Versailles France


As we continued on our Full Day Versailles VIP “Behind Locked Doors” Tour offered by City Wonders (who provided us with complementary access to this tour. As always, however, our descriptions and assessments are totally objective.) we left the main Versailles Palace with our great guide Herve, to see what was going on outside. The [Read more …]

Versailles: A Nine-Hour Education on the Public and Private Affairs of Europe’s Largest Palace


We visited Versailles eons ago (actually only 35 years ago) on one of our earlier trips to Paris. Although we remember a few of the highlights of this magnificent place (especially the King’s sumptuous public chambers, the Hall of Mirrors and the symmetrically-designed French gardens) we felt it was time for a return visit. And, [Read more …]

Sleeping, Eating and Wine Tasting in the Loire Valley

We spent our nights in the Loire Valley in Blois at one of these “lesser mansions” turned inn: the Demeure de ls Cordeliere. This elegant 18th-century building had a gate which opened upon on a courtyard and behind which was a small, but pretty garden.  Be prepared when you come here to not see a [Read more …]

Continuing our Journey in the Loire Valley, France


Vouvray As we continued driving in the Loire Valley in France, we next visited Vouvray to check out their wines. We have tried a number of Loire Valley wines (especially melon de Bourgogne-based Muscadet, Cab Franc-based Chinon, Sauvignon Blanc-based Sancerre and Chenin Blanc-based Vouvray) at restaurants and cafes and one touristy tasting room. But [Read more …]

France’s Loire Valley


We had visited this valley of luxury, decadent hunting chateaus and white wines many years before. Since we were in the area, we thought another brief visit was in order. One cannot, of course, get enough of either chateaus or wine, but we tried in the short time we had. We intended this [Read more …]

Continuing in Brittany France


Rennes As we continued our drive in Brittany France, we moved on from Dinard inland from the coast to Rennes, the largest city in Brittany. Rennes, which was largely destroyed in a fire in 1720, has few historic sights and little in terms of tourist appeal. Even so, it does have some history as in [Read more …]

Exploring the Brittany Region in France


As we made our way out of Normandy, we drove next into Brittany. Our first stop in Brittany was the oyster capital of Cancale where we had an opportunity to learn more about the Britain cousin of the Norman bivalve we had so enjoyed for the last few days in various restaurants. And what better [Read more …]