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December 19, 2019

Merrier with Food and Wines!

Ok so much for creativity in names but as written several pieces in my blog on my other passion, and lastly on Champagne for the season to be merrier, why not wines. Ok still wines ok…

We have a strong tradition of pairing correctly food and wine or wine and food. Over the years it has been relax a bit due to modern trends, however, the old traits still remain very strong. I am on the old trails and wine is indeed a passion only surpass by food; and both are paired heaven falls on earth!

Let me give you of the so many choices some  ideas of my own as taken from various plublication on the subject here and choosing my favorites. Hope you enjoy it and help you choose not necessarily the same but the same matching idea!

Some of the combination I would suggest for a wonderful chic Christmas dinner and end of year. More power to you ! Enjoy it

The plain oysters go well with a Sèvre-et-Maine muscadet. For my part, I will choose the Château du Cléray, flagship of the Domaines Sauvion. This cuvée, coming from the sandy and loamy soils of the Pays Nantais, is first expressed by notes of green fruit (kiwi, apple), and more muted aromas of mint; on the palate, the structure is invigorating and refreshing. One of my all time favorite property know the owners and in laws and had plenty , enjoy it. More info :

At the table or for the aperitif, with old-fashioned scallops. This white with a captivating nose flirts with exotic fruits. In the mouth, it is lively – very lemony – and gives a boost to the taste buds. Ideal with an iodized dish in sauce to counterbalance the oiliness. Cœur de Charmes Mâcon-Lugny,

With a stir-fried veal dish. This cuvée is a real treat, an explosion of fresh fruit. Ultra delicious, it can be enjoyed around 10-12 ° C, at the table with white meats. Château La Genestière, Cuvée Château, Tavel 2018 right off the press try it in your area here is the 2017.

One of my favorite dishes is an orange duck breast. This gamay – aged 16 months in concrete egg and barrels – is surprising. It is a cheerful blend of licorice and coffee, blackberry and spices. Domaine de la Pirolette, Le Carjot, Saint-Amour. Domaine de la Pirolette St Amour

With a foie gras toast .This sweet wine has a bewitching bouquet of honey, quince paste and roasted pears. The mouth is balanced. Its sweetness does not weigh down the palate. Château La Vieille Bergerie, Quercus, Monbazillac 2014,

With sea shells seafood: Domaine Laporte, owned by the Bourgeois Family, cultivates 21 hectares organically. This Sancerre comes from a part call Le Rochoy – de Silex ( flint). Ultra mineral, it has a lemon zest present on the nose. The palate is more enveloping, and you can almost perceive the yellow flesh fruits. Le Rochoy, Laporte, Sancerre.

With a hare stew or a doe roast . The first Saint-Estèphe vineyard to have obtained the organic label, Château de Côme is renowned for its elegant wines. This cuvée – an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – proves it. Its intense color, its flavors of wild berries and its fine tannins give a lot of relief to its tasting. Château de Côme 2015, Saint-Estèphe. More here :

With a Bucco Osso. 100% Cabernet Franc, from vines over 58 years old planted on the most beautiful plots of the estate, this wine has spent 18 months in half-muids. A bit austere with its tight tannins at the start, it only gains by flourishing on a traditional dish in sauce. Eclipse n ° 12, Frédéric Mabileau, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, as coming closer to this region more I enjoy their wines, house wine par excellence chez moi. Just out not in webpage yet! More here:

With calf’s sweetbreads. Peach, white flower, apricot … Evocations multiply with the aromatic reading of this champagne. Without forgetting its finesse which makes it a good companion for generous dishes. Champagne Devaux, Grande Réserve. Champagne Devaux

 Coming closer to home you can have a Muscadet Sévres et Maine Cuvée le fief du breil, Domaine de la Louvetrie 2010 of Joseph Landron. Sublime with our local oysters belon, a refined and saline wine. Domaines Landron domaine de la louvetrie

Château Montus XL, Vignobles Brumont Madiran 1998. Twenty years seems like the good age for Madiran, when the wood of the aging fades to become the support of delicate and floral perfumes and the mouth remains full and aromatically as complex. The name of XL refers to the new lightning of 600 liters that the ancestors of Alain Brumont bought to raise the best of great vintages. A tradition that is amply justified.

Château des Jacques, Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-vent 2005. (part of Maison Louis Jadot) The dress is not very evolved, the initially discreet nose opens to the air on very elegant raspberry scents, while the mouth impresses with its very fruity attack, its straight and full suite, whose scents continue for a long time . Raise like a burgundy, with a long maceration of grapes picked by hand, sorted and hand picked, this wine has completely digested its long aging in new barrels. Another proof that the Moulin à Vent terroir belongs to the greats of Burgundy.

Domaine Charles Joguet, Les Varennes du Grand Clos ,Chinon 2006. Scents of undergrowth without an ounce of green pepper, a marker of immature Cabernet Franc, this is the first pleasure offered by this 2006, which still turns out to be quite juvenile on the palate, with its round and fruity notes. The wine is clean, well built but not harsh, with a pleasantly smoky finish. This Sazilly terroir, on the left bank of the Vienne, planted between 1962 and 1976, confirms its aptitude for aging. Its peak will last several years.

Louis Jadot,Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens 2007.Again one of my all time favorite producer met owner and tour his facilities on a personal touch. A sparkling fruit wine, which smells of wild strawberries and surprises with its delicacy of attack. The result is that of a pommard, powerful, structured and long.

Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve, Cahors Les Laquets 2004. A still bluish robe, earthy notes that evolve very quickly towards a bright fruit and explode in the mouth. Tight texture, fullness and length. They are at 46700 Lacapelle-Cabanac open no webpage. Info here: Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve by vigneron d’exception

And when next in Paris do stop by to this combination of well known actors who will excel at their new innovative project.

Armed with their smartphones, customers who push the door of La Nouvelle Cave are invited to scan a QR code which allows them to obtain recommendations based on different entry keys: price, colors, region, wine pairings, etc. Once the choice has been made, the customer only has to go to the LED that will have lit, which will tell him/her where the chosen bottle is!

Playful and clever, especially for those in a hurry and for those who would hesitate to address the three wine merchants, present 6 days a week, from 10h to 20h., as well as on Sunday morning. Located on rue Turbigo, in the 3éme arrondissement of Paris, and inaugurated just last December 12, the new 140 m2 boutique dedicated to wines and spirits imagined by the Casino group and its e-commerce subsidiary Cdiscount looks like a UFO. The concept is aimed more at millennials (20-35 / 40 years old) than experienced amateurs looking for vintage wines (only around forty references). Pink ceiling, polished concrete on the ground, walls covered with metal pipes which descend on the walls like a large organ give this atypical space an air of never seen . The French news is here: Group Casino on La Nouvelle Cave

And there you go have a blast drink the wonderful wines of France, the very best always imitated but never surpassed. Even if all use the French ::)

And remember , happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!



December 19, 2019

The beaches of Plouharnel!

OMG I will be telling you about beaches in December yes!!! Even if won’t dare go in the water, the surrounding is peaceful grandiose and beautiful. All to yourself and the ocean waves just magical me think. We do come in winter.

And while no tipping the toes in the water we do walk around the vast beaches for a quiet walk of stress buster from the every day grind and its the best natural remedy there is. Now ,is also, the time where tourists are no longer and so much quieter for us locals to enjoy the walks.

One of my favorites and my collegues favorite for surfing is Plouharnel in my lovely Morbihan 56 of my beautiful Bretagne. I have written on the town before but not enough on the beaches me think. Here is my remedy for all, hope you enjoy it and knotted down for a summer in the Morbihan! glorious!

Nice clean beach, althought more suited for surfers and kites folks ,lots of waves; the rest was nice. My co workers do surf here so it is very popular place for them. This is Sainte-Barbe beach to the north of the Quiberon peninsula and near the mainline. While being a natural beach it is also Plouharnel’s most comprehensive. Bordered by gorgeous sand dunes, it opens up to Ile-de-Groix on the right and Belle-ïle-en-Mer  to the left, all whilst having a view to Quiberon’s wild coast (côte sauvage). The northern parts of the beach or Erdeven way are reserved for water sports such as conventional surfing and kite surfing.  The beach is monitored during summer with the lifeguard station can be found at the main entrance. Please note that leashed dogs are allowed on this beach, and mine love it!!!


Other beaches of note in Plouharnel are

Mentor’s beach is not a well visited beach!. No doubt because the access road can be a little crowded during summer!! well after all it is in a peninsula lol! , but out with weekends and peak times, it’s all good! This beach has many attractive qualities: fine sand, dunes, natural surroundings, areas to both surf and kitesurf (which makes for entertaining watching), and our four legged friends are also welcome here, just as long as they are both leashed and well-trained.

Mané Guen is Plourharnel’s southernmost beach and the closest to the Quiberon Peninsula. Known for its water sports, it has various areas reserved for conventional surfing and kitesurfing, however it is also well appreciated by swimmers for its nearby parking . Leashed dog are also allowed on this beach.

Plouharnel’s Sables Blancs beach (White Sands ) can be found right at the northern tip of Quiberon Bay , and south of Plouharnel Bay. This beach is frequented more by connoisseurs or those staying at nearby camping sites, than others. Indeed the first time we went it was all camping car but the facilities and beach are good for all. This beach does have its advantages such as  warm shallow waters; a natural, untouched setting despite the nearby camping sites, and a great place to go foot-fishing at low tide! For the sporty ones, you can also practice kitesurfing here.


And the one I stop by and gaze the bay do a walk and take my Rex alone for the walk is the least known but openly available right off the road D768 curvature along the bay and across from the military Fort de Plouharnel (also the memorial to those partisans killed by the nazis). This is Bois d’Amour beach ,no lifeguard no facilities just open wide beach along the Quiberon’s Bay. Enjoy it now !


The city beach info in French here: City of Plouharnel on beaches

Tourist office of the Quiberon bay on Plouharnel

My fav Plages tv webpage on the beaches of Plouharnel in Englis

And there you go just passing thought to tell you about these wonderful beaches in the huge complex that is the Bay of Quiberon and its Peninsula or Presqu’ïle de Quiberon , my fav place ! Enjoy it


And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!




December 19, 2019

The market at Quimperlé

And I take you closer to me in neighboring dept 29 Finistére and the town of Quimperlé. Again to show you the nice market here in city center. One of the highlights of any visit to France me think.

The tradition of the Quimperlé market, in the Place Saint-Michel , in the upper town, has been going on for several centuries. Livestock, poultry and rabbits were traded along with all fresh produce. While it is always possible to find a vendor of poultry and chicks, cattle dealers have given way to a variety of shops. Food has a good place, but there are also plants and seedlings, and clothing shops.

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This covered market, designed by Moreau brothers’ builders in 1886, was set up instead of a group of old unhealthy homes called “Petit quartier”, destroyed for reasons of hygiene and circulation. A century later, the building deteriorated. In 1998, a complete diagnosis concludes the need for a complete refurbishment. At the end of 2001, the halls were completely destroyed to be rebuilt identically.


They are open Friday mornings in Pl St Michel and Sunday mornings in Pl Hervo. Sunday they are open from 8h to 13h all year at Pl Hervo and Fridays 8h to 13h all year at Pl St Michel.



The city of Quimperlé not to be confuse with Quimper is a wonderful old world fortified inner city that is worth visiting and for the market and walls a must. The city has more on heritage here: City of Quimperle on heritage

Tourist office of Quimperle on heritage

Hope you do stop by and enjoy this beauty of a city closer to me. The market at Quimperlé is a great idea!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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