Is this the best Chateau in Burgundy!


I love visiting French chateau! Refined homes rather than military fortifications is how they seem to me, and of course they are mostly still in one piece rather than their British counterparts thanks to there having been no French equivalent of Oliver Cromwell. The Loire Valley is full of them, many with water filled moats … Continue reading Is this the best Chateau in Burgundy!

Chardonnay, Queen of grapes?


"The pre wine tasting questionnaire from the cruise liner's sommelier asked us to rate a number of grapes on a scale of 1-5, and bizarrely all of the ladies in our tasting group marked Chardonnay DOWN quite heavily! Undeterred the sommelier said that he would bet money on being able to change their minds but … Continue reading Chardonnay, Queen of grapes?

Bourgogne: The wine villages


Imagine I offered you a glass of Pommard or a Meursault, a Volnay or a St Aubin which would you choose? Or do you buy your wine on the basis of red v white, Chardonnay  v Sauvignon Blanc, Australia v Chile? All well and good, but that's like going into a butchers shop and asking … Continue reading Bourgogne: The wine villages