A Burgundy Dream Realized: Maison Harbour

A New Winery in Burgundy? Impossible! Wine history dating back to the middle ages, high demand for classic wines known around the world, it must be impossible to start a new winery in Burgundy, right? This is France, after all. Go to the Blue door in Savigny-lès-Beaune Impossible? No!  All you need to do is: … Continue reading

Chassagne-Montrachet and a Visit to Domaine Morey-Coffinet

Chassagne-Montrachet Driving up from Lyon toward Beaune, the first stop on my trip to Burgundy was the town of Chassagne-Montrachet and a visit at Domaine Morey-Coffinet. Domaine Morey-Coffinet was one of the wineries featured in the excellent documentary: “A Year in Burgundy“. I had the opportunity to preview the movie when it was first released … Continue reading

Is there a Marrow Doctor in the House? Bordeaux #Winophiles

Doomed Preparing for our November French #Winophiles blogging group journey into all things Bordeaux, I was excited to feature both an entrée (1st course) and a plat (2nd course, usually main course). I featured a Bordeaux Blanc with mussels for the entrée, and the plan was to follow with a pan seared steak, aka entrecôte … Continue reading

Bordeaux Entrée: Mouclade de Moules & Chateau Les Bertrands #winophiles

French #Winophiles Take on Bordeaux Our November meeting of the French #Winophiles sends us to the famous and highly regarded wine region of Bordeaux.  The Bordeaux wine region is defined by the banks of the Gironde with the two rivers feeding it, the Dordogne and the Garonne. In the far west of France, Bordeaux is … Continue reading

Which Languedoc Wine with Cassoulet? #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Visit Languedoc-Roussillon This month, our French #Winophiles group visits the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Where is it? It’s in the south of France, west of Provence, along the coast all the way to the Spanish border. As a wine region, it has long been in the shadow of the Southern Rhone and Provence and only … Continue reading

Châteauneuf-du-Pape of Course

No trip to the Southern Rhone would be complete without a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Note this town doesn’t have the variety of shops found in some of the other Rhone wine villages.  We had a fun time and would certainly recommend spending a day, just know that the town is about the wine and not … Continue reading

Quick Visit & Lunch in Tain L’Hermitage

If you’re a Northern Rhone fan, a visit to Tain L’Hermitage is well worth your time.  Seeing the land for yourself will show you things you will never learn from a book or an article.  After our morning visit at Jean-Louis Chave, we had a little time to explore before we caught the train back … Continue reading

Minnesota Visits Domaine Jean-Louis Chave – Hermitage

A question came up at our Chave tasting in Minnesota: “If we’re in France, can we visit?”  Erin answered that they aren’t really set up for visitors, but if we would be in France to send her an email.  If she would be available, she would be happy to have us visit.  Lucky us, we … Continue reading

Paris: Eiffel Tower Food Tour

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Take Away Message: Go to Paris.  Stay in the 7th Arrondissement. Take the Eiffel Tower Food Tour early in your trip and eat well for the rest of your stay.  Thank us later. Julie and I were planning a long awaited trip to Europe this summer.  Julie had not been to Paris since 1977 (!) … Continue reading

Salmon, Risotto & Gevrey-Chambertin: A Meal to Remember

We’ve come to the end of our virtual tour of Burgundy, with a nice finish.  I’ve been working on my risotto skills this winter, and  I think I finally figured it out with this dinner; still a bit chewy but not too much.   In fact, it felt like a very nice restaurant meal.  Not bad … Continue reading

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