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A Movie and a Wine

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“Had She oones Wett Hyr Whystyll She couth Syng full clere Hyr pater noster.”- 1386 Towneley Mysteries There was Sideways, then Bottleshock. How about French Kiss (a wine movie of sorts), or the classic many people may not know, The Secret of Santa Vitoria. And there was Somm which came out a few years ago showing viewers the intensity (and… Read more »

A “Portes Ouvertes” Weekend: Sauternes

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Chateau Closiot

Hold this thought: Sauternes is Not Just For Dessert! Bordeaux has what’s called Portes Ouvertes (Open Door) weekends in most appellations once per month. Many of the wineries within the specific “open” appellation are available for degustation (tasting) without a prior reservation. Because châteaux require reservations, taking advantage of these weekends is a must for those interested in tasting. We… Read more »

Picky Picking

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We arrived at the beginning of the grape harvest here in Bordeaux, and no sooner than the first week of class got involved in the action. Bordeaux Sciences Agro (the school I’m attending) has it’s own vineyard and winery in the Pessac area of Bordeaux called Château Luchey-Halde (click here).  It’s a full-scale (10,000 case per year) revenue generating operation,… Read more »