It’s not about the wine! Postcard from Loire, France


Our travels renewed, some will be pleased to hear, as we arrive at Fontevraud L'Abbeye for a few days. The fact that the whole area is filled with plantings of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is a complete coincidence as we only come here so Dr C can spend every day shopping in … Continue reading It’s not about the wine! Postcard from Loire, France

Alsace, a foodie photographer’s dream, a nibbler’s nightmare!


Is there any finer place than the Alsace region of France for food, wine and architecture? Wine tasting is a delight with friendly Cooperatives in Turckheim and Ribeauville, family domaines in towns and villages surrounded by the vines, and bars and restaurants selling the local wines by the glass, carafe and bottle often with the … Continue reading Alsace, a foodie photographer’s dream, a nibbler’s nightmare!

Postcard from Chablis …. a day of new discoveries!


A wine tasting in Chablis is not to be sniffed at, nor taken lightly! Tasting 27 wines in a single afternoon is quite a feat, especially when out for dinner with wines too! Anyway first day of this holiday in Chablis and a day of discovery .... a flying winemaker, where to taste Beaujolais in … Continue reading Postcard from Chablis …. a day of new discoveries!

Oysters and Chablis, a match from the Jurassic era!


Across our wine travels we have eaten oysters in Bouzigues, Whitstable, Paris, Rome, Chinon, Glasgow, and all over Brittany, New York, San Francisco and many more. My favourite oyster and wine tasting experiences have been in Chinon and Glasgow, it is truly an international food that crosses cultural boundaries. There are so many different types … Continue reading Oysters and Chablis, a match from the Jurassic era!

Did you know: The Bayeux “thingy” is not really a tapestry?


It’s An Embroidery! This lesson has been drummed into our family since our daughter memorised something from school when she was 8 years old, even reciting it when we first visited Bayeux 30 years ago! She recited it again yesterday, my birthday, as we entered Reading Museum to see the full sized replica of the … Continue reading Did you know: The Bayeux “thingy” is not really a tapestry?