Dark Chocolate Almond Cantucci and Red Wine

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Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Biscotti refers to a specific type of Italian cookie derived from the Tuscan “biscuit” called “cantucci”. (In Italian the word biscotti means biscuit.) For a while I thought a biscotti was a biscotti was a biscotti. That is until a friend threw a cantucci at me. His homemade cantucci so transported my sweet tooth I asked for the recipe (thinking… Read more »

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 »

Thanksgiving in Cadillac

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My classmate Nea (from Finland) wanted to host and experience an American-style Thanksgiving dinner.  So with the help of Cat (my Canadian classmate) and Lynn she planned a feast for about 30 of our classmates, teachers and their families this weekend.  To make things really fun it was hosted at her family’s estate Chateau Carsin near the town of Cadillac… Read more »

Paris Attacks

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While Bordeaux is relatively far from Paris, it made no difference in terms of the shock and sadness felt here, and all over the country …or the world for that matter.  It felt similar to us in many ways as it did after 9/11.  It was also interesting how being from another country did not really change or diminish our… 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 »

Back to School

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I was slugging out my morning commute the other day, and thought it was time, after nearly two months, to share about my school experience and new classmates. I’m working toward a 2-year master’s degree in vineyard and winery management at Bordeaux Sciences Agro; the agricultural school within the University of Bordeaux system.  It’s both a business and science master’s… Read more »

Pasta, Smoked Salmon and Mushrooms

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pasta, smoked salmon, leeks

Smoked salmon is popular here with a large variety to draw one’s interest. Mine was piqued to find a new dish that would be enjoyable with a Pouilly-Fuissé. I’d picked one up at my favorite, around-the-corner wine store where I’m now able to address Monsieur by “tu” versus “vous”. Pouilly-Fuissé is made from the chardonnay grape in Burgundy’s most southerly… Read more »

The Food Scene – Les Chartrons

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Our third day in Bordeaux we discovered a lively outdoor market a few blocks from our apartment. While this Sunday Marché des Quai is a great place to stock up and grab lunch and/or dinner, venturing into nooks and crannies of city neighborhoods is where the fun is, the recreation. (Note:  this sport does take mental and physical effort) The… 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 »