Wine tasting with troglodytes ….. no pressure!


The French wine appellation of Saumur-Champigny has been missing off my radar for at least 30 years, and I know this because it was 1987 when my last wine log record shows I drank a bottle! At that time I was mostly buying and drinking “well aged clarets” (red Bordeaux wines) so the lighter style … Continue reading Wine tasting with troglodytes ….. no pressure!

Wines 101 #4 Wife snaps while I drink wine!


Wine tasting my way through a Wines 101 Bucket List has become an exercise in logistics, decision making, communication and relationship building! I naively thought that the reclusive nature of old world winemakers in France had disappeared, but it hasn’t, far from it as I discovered in Chablis, Sancerre, and now in Chinon. I have … Continue reading Wines 101 #4 Wife snaps while I drink wine!

Postcard from Alsace: More than a wine region!


Alsace is a region of France situated on the German border with place names and wine/grape names that sound very Germanic .... Gewurtztraminer, Turckheim, Riquewhir, Kaysersberg .... but Alsace has NEVER been part of Germany, though it has been occupied during times of war or political seizure. It is a region with fantastic food and … Continue reading Postcard from Alsace: More than a wine region!

Bringing the Concept of Art and Wine Full Circle


Art, particularly in the form of sculptures, is becoming much more prevalent in vineyards as this blog post from Artexpressions highlights. Although it’s mostly the larger wineries that do this, a recent wine tasting visit to our local but tiny Bothy Vineyard in Oxfordshire showed what smaller vineyards can also achieve. In fact Bothy are holding a week long exhibition of 300 sculptures from 50 artists in September. Overall I think it’s a wonderful concept as most artwork I have seen in wineries connects with and reflects the landscape most positively.

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Sonoma and Napa valleys have been rapidly turning into rolling fields of grapes all around, giving visitors a multiple perspective on this wine-lover’s paradise. As well as reflecting the combination of soil, climate and topography-the terroir, many of the numerous wineries dotting the two valleys- of which Napa’s is wider- have become visual art collectors, exhibitors and even connoisseurs. In addition many concerts and performative arts take place in numerous wineries especially during summer season particularly in the evenings. In a serious attempt on many of the winemakers to introduce wine together with beautiful things, some museum-worthy collections are found in a sort of faux- Tuscan-villas “to capture the joie de vivre of winemaking.”

Some wineries offer an outdoor site-specific sculptures and installations as a sort of open-air contemporary art exhibit amidst of organically grown vineyards; thus luring guests, who usually come for a wine tasting and/or purchase, into a…

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How to survive a day in Burgundy without wine tasting!


If you are into wine travel, a day without wine tasting in Burgundy seems odd, especially when staying in Meursault, only a few km away from Volnay, Pommard and Beaune to the North, and a few km away from Puligny Montrachet and Santenay to the South! But pacing yourself is essential when you’re staying here … Continue reading How to survive a day in Burgundy without wine tasting!