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January 18, 2023

Special some news from France , the strike of January 19 2023

This is a special post due to the major strike all over France that will start tomorrow with possible extentions , All in cold snowy day in many parts of France even if light in cities, We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine at home! Take care if in France and best of luck , IF any help just let me know in comments.

This is a first for 12 years and a defeat of the government according to the secretary general of the CGT Philippe Martinez: the eight French trade union federations (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFE-CGC, CFTC, Unsa, Solidaires, FSU) are unite in a common front against the pension reform , which aims to raise the legal retirement age to 64 from 62, According to the Ministry of the Interior, a thousand radical elements could take part in the Paris parade on Thursday 19 January, secured by 3,500 police or gendarmes. On the air transport side, flight crew unions are also calling for mobilization in the streets, such as the SNPNC-FO, which represents the stewards and hostesses of Air France, EasyJet, Ryanair, etc.

Lines 1 and 14, fully automated, will operate normally, but with risks of saturation. Line 4 will also run, but with one train in two during peak hours and one train in four during off-peak hours. Lines 8, 10 and 11 will not run at all, while traffic on lines 2, 3, 3 bis, 5, 6, 7, 7 bis, 9, 12 and 13 will be greatly disrupted. One out of two trains will run at peak times on lines 3, 3 bis, 5, 7 bis and 9. One out of three trains will run on lines 12 and 13, one out of four trains on line 6 and one out of five trains on line 7. In addition, many stations will be closed.

It will be necessary to plan on average one train out of two at peak times and one train out of four at off-peak hours for the RER A. The first departures will be at 5h10 and 5h40 The last visit to Châtelet is scheduled for 21h. The interconnection with Nanterre prefecture is maintained. Regarding the RER B, plan one train out of two during peak hours and one train out of three during off-peak hours. The last visit to Châtelet is scheduled around 21h50. The interconnections will be suspended at the Gare du Nord. For RER C, trains will only run on the southern branch from Paris Austerlitz, between 6h and 9h. and between 16h. and 20h, For the D, there will be no train between Châtelet and Gare de Lyon. Finally for the RER E, the stations of Pantin, Rosa Parks, Magenta and Haussmann Saint-Lazare will not be served. Plan for one train out of ten for these three lines.

Two out of three buses will run on average and a dozen lines will be closed. Regarding the noctilien network, the service will be normal. Tram traffic will be normal on lines T6 and T8, slightly disrupted on lines T1 and 13a and very disrupted on lines T2, T3b, T7 and T5. Transiliens One in ten trains will be required for lines L, J and P. Line J will not run on the Paris-Ermont axis and line P trains will only run on the Paris-Meaux axis. The R train will not run.

Ok hoping is ok took this picture from the tv BFMTV on the strike assembly in the Place de la République , they went to the Place de la Bastille and finally to the Place de la Nation in Paris. Yes over one million out in France! And it seems will continue…

Paris pl de la République strike on BFMTV jan23

The Paris RATP network :

The regional IDF network Transilien :

The SNCF trains on the strike :

Strike info on its the strike or c’est la grêve special site :

The TER sncf strike info for Brittany :

There you go folks, a special some news from France as the best warning possible for the strike tomorrow Stay safe and again best of luck and let me know if stuck that I can direct you from here, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

PS Do not want to repeat myself but this is entertainment French style, the strikes will continue and another major one on January 31st life goes on nobody else pays attention. Just be aware if visiting during these times… Cheers

January 18, 2023

Wines news of Spain V

We are in Winter 2023, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you mywines news of Spain V !!

The Riojan winery Bodega Marqués de Murrieta has managed to position one of its wines, Marqués de Murrieta Reserva, in fourth place in its Top 10 Wine Values of 2022 ranking prepared by Wine Spectator magazine, recognized for being one of the most influential in the industry, and which usually drink French, American and Italian wines. This recognition of Marqués de Murrieta Reserva comes months after the pioneering Rioja winery was recognized in November last year with the Best Of 2023 award, which ranks it as the best winery in the world and was awarded by the World Network of Large Wine Capitals. In 2020, Wine Spectator had already chosen another of the Marqués de Murrieta wines as the best wine in the world, on this occasion Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. Webpage :

The Familia Fernández Rivera, a family wine group led by women, whose iconic Tinto Pesquera winery celebrates 50 years of history. The Fernández Rivera family includes the Hotel AF Pesquera and the Condado de Haza wineries; Dehesa La Granja; El Vínculo y Tinto Pesquera, promoter of the DO Ribera del Duero and flagship that celebrates 50 years of history. Lucía Fernández Rivera, daughter of the founder, Alejandro and Esperanza, who I met them ! The work soon paid off, because in the 80s they began to export Tinto Pesquera. “That the first country we sent wines to was the US meant everything, it opened doors for us; also Robert Parker’s points, although no one around here knew him…”, Lucia says with a smile. Indeed I was there when it poured in Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel Fl USA !! Memories forever !!! webpage :

The Remírez de Ganuza’s Reserva 2009 has been chosen as one of the best wines of 2022 by the prestigious wine magazine The Drinks Business. The news serves to highlight the great moment the winery is experiencing, which in 2022 has managed to reach the goal of selling 50,000 bottles over €50. Until now Vega Sicilia was the only Spanish winery to achieve this. Located in the small town of Samaniego in Alava, it was founded in 1989 by Fernando Remírez de Ganuza. In 2010, his Gran Reserva 2004 obtained the coveted 100 Parker points. That same year, the Urtasun family became part of the winery, first as Fernando’s partners but since 2019 they own the entirety. Of its Reserva 2009, it stands out that with more than ten years of age, it is at its best moment, with ripe notes, leather and sweet balsamic, along with stewed fruit. Complementing these aromas is a touch of cedar, dark chocolate and spices, as well as a lovely texture, which starts out meaty, ending chewy and fresh. With a price of 90 euros, some bottles can still be found in specialized points of sale ! Webpage :

The prestige and recognition achieved by Bodega Fillaboa and its elaborations follow one another without rest. It is one of the three spirits and Orujo that the brand makes that is now attracting attention. The Spanish Association of Wine Journalists and Writers (AEPEV) awards in its XIV edition of Best Wines and Spirits of Spain 2022 the Aged Orujo Fillaboa in the category of Orujos Spirits, Grape Spirits and Liqueurs. The Aged Fillaboa Orujo of the I.G. Orujo de Galicia has been presented since last year 2022 in a new and stylish bottle. This brandy is obtained from the aging of the Orujo Blanco. The brandy ages for at least seven years in 225L French Limousine oak barrels. located in the warehouse. Of an amber color, this distillate is clean and bright. On the nose it gives off aromas of vanilla, toast and hints of French oak. It has notes of orange peel, dried fruit and hints of toffee. On the palate it is complex, unctuous and soft. It is recommended to serve at a temperature of 15-18º and it has a potential aging of 20 years. Fillaboa is a historic estate that has remained indivisible throughout the centuries, being one of the largest, most beautiful and oldest in Galicia and the only one that, due to its special characteristics, it belongs to Grandes Pagos de España. Behind the 1,600 meter thick stone wall that protects the property, in addition to the vineyards, the winery and a spectacular rebuilt manor house are hidden. 50 hectares of Albariño grape vineyards planted on undulating slopes make up the Fillaboa estate, which is located in Salvaterra do Miño, on the natural border with Portugal, next to the Tea and Miño rivers, and comprises a total of 74 hectares spread over 12 different pagos, Webpage Fillaboa with the orujo :

The Orujo the skin of the grape, after it has been pressed and all its substance has been removed, A sort of aguardiente from grapes, Aguardiente is an alcoholic beverage distilled from an alcoholic fermentation. It can be sugar cane etc, The orujo is very popular in Galicia which my friends always offered ! To explain a bit on the above words, let me tell you a pagos is a word coming from the Latin pagus, which the Romans used to designate a geographical and territorial unit into which a city was divided and which formed part of the land cadastral organization. However, obtaining great wines associated with specific places was already present in ancient Greece where the pagos of the mountain of Tmolos, those of Fanes or those of Plentia (in Alexandria) were famous. The Great Pagos of Spain are here with Fillaboa :

It is known in the DO Toro and elsewhere as Tinto Aragones. It is Garnacha, a variety that has coexisted there with tinta de toro in unequal conditions. Its always interesting participation in coupages was limited to 25% , Now the situation is very different. Not only is the door open to the creation of Garnacha monovarietals protected by the denomination of origin, but a greater pride is perceived among those who use this grape, The tinta de toro in Prima 2020. Abundant fruity memories, finesse and restrained strength -softly wrapped in oak- stand out in this wine. It is made with the youngest vines (although some have exceeded half a century) from his Toro winery. It is easy and comfortable to drink without giving up its seriousness and character. A successful approach to the greatness of a terroir, also present in this brand, which has the blessing of a few drops of Garnacha. Webpage :

Vega Sicilia expanded its legend with a historic tasting in which it quoted the best of the sector’s press and where it honored those present with eight decades of its best vintages. With the act, It celebrated the 40th anniversary since the Álvarez saga acquired the best winery in Spain for around 300 million pesetas and whose origins date back to 1848 when Toribio Lecanda acquired a 2,000-hectare estate from the Marquis of Valbuena. The winery, based in Valbuena de Duero (province of Valladolid, Castilla y Léon) tasted at the Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Vizcaya) , two Valbuenas (2018 and 2005 magnum) to give way to a collection of unforgettable Único vintages, some relics that would make more than one collector lose their heads: 2013, 2010, 2009, 2004, 1999 , 1996, 1994, 1991, 1990 magnum, 1989, 1986, 1981 magnum, 1980, 1975, 1974, 1970, 1968, 1962, 1960, 1957, 1953 and 1942. The vineyard has been our obsession for 40 years. And it still is. The vineyard is the biggest and most beautiful thing we have”, endorsed Álvarez. Amen ! Webpage :

And I cannot leave this post without again mentioning Herederos del Marqués de Riscal, my first taste ever of wine given by my dear maternal grandmother Amparo of Pajarà, Tenerife always remembered abuela Amparo, Her favorite words was in those earlier days , the wine may be sour but is our wine ! (Spain of course), The Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja, founded in Elciego ( province of Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga. Since its inception it has been a benchmark in the wine industry, being the first Rioja winery to produce wines according to Bordeaux methods (first winemaker was Jean Pineau of Bordeaux). In 1972 it became the first winery to promote the Rueda Designation of Origin ,where its famous white wines are made ,and in 1991 it launched Barón de Chirel, the first “high expression wine”. In 2006, the Ciudad del Vino or City of wine was inaugurated, with a hotel designed by the architect Frank O. Gehry, which is the most avant-garde work carried out to date by a Spanish winery. Marqués de Riscal has always had a clear export vocation. Today it is present in more than 110 countries to which it exports more than 60% of its production. In 2021 Marqués de Riscal has been named the second best vineyard in the world and the first in Europe in the World’s Best Vineyards 2021 contest. The Ciudad del Vino de Marqués de Riscal offers the experience of going through the history of the winery from its foundation in 1858 to the present day with the possibility of enjoying wine through the five senses: guided tours with which the visitor will visit the most and you will be able to see first-hand how they make their wines. All tours include tasting of their wines and appetizers. Hotel Marqués de Riscal, A Luxury Collection Hotel, designed by Frank O. Gehry. Center for meetings, conventions and events. Caudalie wine therapy spa. Wide gastronomic offer, Gastronomic Restaurant, with a Michelin Star and the advice of the La Rioja chef Francis Paniego, 1860 Tradición Restaurant, Vinoteca y Bistró, Asador Torrea and bar and cafeteria. Sublime ! Webpage :

The Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja or Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin will become the epicenter of national and international wine tourism activity by being chosen as the venue for the World’s Best Vineyards 2023 convention, an annual event famous for revealing the ranking of the best experiences offered by vineyards and wineries, enjoyed by of enormous prestige and great worldwide media coverage. The contest, which will take place from July 10 to 13 ,2023, offers the opportunity to show the potential of Rioja before the eyes of the delegation, made up of more than a hundred people including the organization, the jury, national and international journalists, as well as great exponents and experts from the sector, who will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the Denomination through an extensive program with different itineraries, which will include tastings, visits to wineries and leisure activities, among others, to enjoy the rich diversity of the Region so that they can appreciate all the elements that make Rioja a unique place , Within the program of visits organized in collaboration with the Regulatory Council of the DOCa, the announcement of the 50 Best Vineyards and Wineries occupies a prominent place of the World (World’s Best Vineyards) of 2023, which will take place on July 12, at which time the global ranking will be announced. Rioja, is the oldest Qualified Designation of Origin in Spain, dating back to 1925, and the first to receive Qualified certification in 1991, is positioned as one of the Designations of Origin in the world that offers the best guarantees regarding quality and authenticity. of its wines, thanks to the demanding regulations and self-control developed by its Regulatory Council. With more than 66,000 hectares, the DOCa Rioja is made up of three zones with different wine-growing characteristics ,Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental , which cover 144 towns through which the Denomination extends, with 600 wineries and more than 14,000 winegrowers. Rioja wines webpage :

As far as Decanter magazine ( me a former subscriber for many years of learning) the best wines for winter, and my favorites are : R Lopez de Heredia, Viña Gravonia Blanco, Crianza, 2014, La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 890, 2005, Remírez de Ganuza, Reserva, 2006,  Bodegas Ramón Bilbao, Límite Sur, 2017, Bodegas Riojanas, Monte Real Gran Reserva, 2014 , CVNE, Cune Reserva, 2017, and Faustino, I Gran Reserva, 2011 , You won’t go wrong with any of these fyi, Decanter webpage:

And why not leave you with a nice recipe of my dear Spain, this time from Burgos, The Cobo Vintage style roast lamb in a convection oven. This roast chooses a piece of Arce Carne IGP, from La Bureba in Burgos, which is macerated with garlic, lemon, salt and white vinegar before being subjected to the most traditional and avant-garde cuisine by Miguel Cobo.

The Ingredients : Piece of Arce lamb Meat IGP 5 liters of water, 1 head of garlic, 150 ml of white vinegar, 1 lemon ,and Salt, The making of it: We put the piece to soak in the water for 12 hours with the garlic, lemon, salt and vinegar. Then we will roast the piece in a convection oven subjecting it to three round and round maneuvers every 40, 30 and 15 minutes, at 160º or 180º., This is the mythical Vallés, in Briviesca; Cobo Vintage opened in 2014, in Burgos; He achieved his Michelin star in 2016 and in 2020 he undertook the ambitious Cobo Estratos project, with two restaurants that share access and two different culinary styles: traditional Burgos and cosmopolitan avant-garde. Now, the new project is called Cobo Evolución, and it is a gastronomic restaurant that is located within the Cobo Estratos space of almost 1,500 square meters. It is located in Plaza de la Libertad ,9, in the historic center of Burgos. Buen provecho ! His webpage :

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news from Spain as I

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

January 18, 2023

More of Paris Christmas 2016, and marché de Noël !!!

I need to tell you more as found me pictures in my vault not in my blog yet and they should, Do not know why but the first post only had a handful of pictures and left many out for some reason,,I like to make up for this lost to do a follow up post on the Paris Christmas 2016 and its marché de Noël. We were in Paris ,visiting from our new home in the Morbihan breton, and this is my take on this now famous Christmas spot in Paris. Hope you enjoy it as I.


Paris Christmas CE chalets nov11

The Avenue des Champs Elysées was the first in Paris we went out once in France,  and really honestly thought back then would never make it as it was almost empty ,but over the years has grown to a really nice good Christmas market or Marché de Noël.  We walked down the Avenue des Champs Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe all the way to the metro Roosevelt square rond-point des Champs-Elysées and into the Place de la Concorde and the big wheel or Grande Roué in front of the entrance to the jardin des Tuileries.



The Christmas market on the Champs-Elysées has made a real effort since it offers 5 villages 100% made in France this year: artisans, crafts, regional delicacies, the magical forest of France and the village of charities.

In between, there was a plethora of chalets, kiosks, bank ATM, rides and food stalls even full restaurants serving season’s fare and trinkets from as far away as Brazil. The ambiance was very nice and locals mingle with tourists alike in a wonderful holiday spirit. We love it !!


For us it was sublime, wonderful family time which we will cherish for life.  Now looking forward to the next ones which have become even better, I have most of the write up in my previous post on it ,this one will be more on the missing pictures, Hope you get the spirit and be here next time by Paris !




The Paris tourist office on the last Christmas market in 2022:

There you go folks, a wonderful moment to be in Paris as the most me think, The season to be merrier and Paris is the perfect combination to be at.  Again, hope you enjoy the post with the new older pictures as I.

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

January 18, 2023

Wines news of France XXXXI !!

Well, we are in winter alright, we will be in the 1C and maybe a bit of snow today !. Anyway, always good to bring the best of Wines news of France. First ,thanks to all my readers and/or followers! Oh yeah, the wines of France are just super simply awesome and a great tradition. Often imitated, some time equaled ,but never surpass! Let me give you some news shall we. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Brad Pitt’s Miraval rosé wine, Château Haut-Brion or Piper Heidsieck Champagne star in new episodes of the hit series Emily in Paris. An unexpected world exhibition for our viticulture. Just watch the series Emily in Paris, the story of an American ingenue who arrives in the city, to be convinced. In one scene, heroine Emily Cooper sips from glasses filled with a rosé beverage. Behind them, two bottles of Miraval wine, in classic and magnum format. The American Brad Pitt, owner of the brand, has always been involved in the promotion and distribution of the wines he has been producing for more than ten years near Correns, in the Var. The show is broadcast all over the world and the spectator, regardless of the continent from which he comes, wants to live the heroine’s dream Paris. . Fleur de Miraval also became the official champagne of the Oscars. Also placed in the series, Château Haut-Brion, premier grand cru classé of the Médoc, property of Prince Robert of Luxembourg. Piper Heidsieck champagne, another regular in Hollywood and French productions. Here again, the wine has a real role and does not play the extras Emily also drinks royal kir, a rudimentary cocktail that those under thirty cannot know. Sublimated, brought to light, this improbable mix of champagne and crème de cassis could well become next summer’s drink. Netflix webpage :

The Drops of God: the series adapted from the manga is soon on the screens ! Winegrowers know that not everything always goes as planned during winemaking. It’s the same for filming. Expected on screens before the summer, the adaptation of the manga series Les Gouttes de Dieu, whose 44 volumes published in France by Glénat editions have sold more than 1.5 million copies, has no exception to this rule. In the saga imagined by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto, when the oenologist Yutaka Kanzaki dies, he has two sons. According to his will, his cellar will go to the one who succeeds in solving 12 enigmas concerning 12 wines to discover a thirteenth and mysterious wine, unknown to all, nicknamed “Les Gouttes de Dieu”. This Franco-American-Japanese co-production, which brings together a largely Japanese cast, with French side actress Fleur Geffrier, seen in Elle by Paul Verhoeven, as well as Cécile Bois and Gustav Kervern, should be broadcast on Hulu Japan, France Televisions and Apple TV. More at Glénat in French :

The 2023 Tour des Cartes evening, organized by Terre de Vins magazine on this past Monday January 16 at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand hotel, crowned eight establishments for the quality of their wine list. The N°5 Wine Bar in Toulouse, a regular at the Tour, won the special price for the offer by the glass. Make way for the brasseries, bistros and bistronomic restaurants category, it is the Hôtel des Bains de Charavines (38) that stands out. The establishment is one of the oldest in France, it is 150 years old with a committed menu. Ververt de Montsoreau (49) wins for its selection highlighting winegrowers with environmental commitment. prestige gourmet restaurants category. The double-star Anne de Bretagne , La Cempote, from Saint-Étienne (42), in the wine bar category , It’s time to pay tribute to the very fashionable spirits, and to the menu that best showcases them. the Sabine and Laurent Brochard stage at Ver Di Vin, in Orléans (45). the prize for the best traditional restaurant. the Hôtel de la gare, in Couzon au Mont D’or (69) gourmet restaurant category L’Huîtrier Pie, in Saint-Émilion , The Tour des Cartes had to mention the competition for the best sommelier in the world, from February 7 to 12 2023 in Paris. Stay tune ,,,

The Château Talbot is my favorite and had bottles even anecdotes of my Dad using a 1982 bottle to cook !!! I was upset ! The vintage 2010 is an opulent and toasted Talbot, with lovely notes of wild blackberries on the nose. In the mouth, it is graceful, with a lot of volume without being heavy. Dark tannins give a nice contrasting texture on the finish: the wine, initially so light, ends with a tantalizing, inky black finish. A Saint-Julien with a nose of victory. The castle is named after Constable John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, famous English army commander and governor of Guyenne, who fought in the Battle of Castillon in 1453. In 1855, when the Médoc and Graves crus were classified commissioned by Emperor Napoleon III, Château Talbot was promoted to the fourth grand cru classé of Saint-Julien. The estate was acquired in 1918 by the merchant Désiré Cordier. Today, Nancy, surrounded by her husband Jean-Paul Bignon and their children Philippine, Marguerite and Gustave continue the story of Talbot with passion. The property is on the northern borders of the Saint-Julien appellation, on the edge of Pauillac. There is a majority of red vines (105 ha) and a confidential area of white vines (5 ha). In red, the grape varieties are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), the king of Médoc wines in general and Saint-Julien in particular, complemented by 30% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot (4%). In white, the grape variety is composed of 80% Sauvignon and 20% Sémillon. The harvest is obviously manual, with a first selection in the vineyard then a second in the cellar. A rigorous plot selection and this double sorting bring to the wines a great aromatic purity and a lot of precision. The vinification takes place in the two vats, wooden and stainless steel, which complement each other best depending on the plots. The second wine, Connétable Talbot, is authentic and graceful; Caillou Blanc, one of the very first Médoc whites aged in the Burgundy style, is powerful, aromatic and exquisitely fresh. Annual production is 280,000 bottles. A wine of very long keeping, which can exceed 30 years. Sublime !! Webpage :

On another level, had but not my favorite, of course a wonderful wine as well, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande vintage 2017. A magnificent wine, with a lively, bright and inviting nose. On the palate, it is fresh and refined, with a creamy and upholstered touch. He takes you in a tight embrace and doesn’t let go. A magical wine, the best of the vintage. Only small downside, a slightly woody and bitter finish, a trait,,, In 1689, Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan, wine merchant and manager of the Latour and Margaux castles, bought vines located just next to Latour, and created L’Enclos Rauzan there. These vines are part of the dowry of his daughter Thérèse on her marriage in 1694 to Jacques de Pichon, Baron de Longueville, and they contribute to the foundation of the Pichon Longueville wine estate. More than a century and a half later, in 1850, the property was divided in two between the children. The share going to Baron Raoul Pichon de Longueville gives rise to the domain of Pichon Baron. The second goes to his three sisters: this will be the Pichon Comtesse estate. One of the three, Virginie Pichon de Longueville, Countess of Lalande, then built the neo-classical style castle that bears her name. In 2007, the Champagne house Louis Roederer acquired the property. A third family in three centuries now presides over the destiny of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande The vineyard of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande covers 102 ha. It is an exception within the Pauillac appellation, as 11 ha are found in the town of Saint-Julien. The vines, on average 35 years old, rest on a terroir of beautiful Garonne gravel on clay. Its grape varieties give pride of place to Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), supplemented by Merlot (27%), but also by 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Since 2010, the principles of biodynamics have been integrated into a third of the estate. In 2021, an organic conversion process is launched across the entire vineyard. The great wine is aged for 18 months in barrels, 50% new oak and 50% one-year-old oak. The barrels underwent an average toast during their manufacture, which contributes to the quality of their perfume. The 2nd label La Réserve de la Comtesse receives only 25% new wood. Webpage :

The Californian group Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant, is a mad lover of Burgundy wines. So when Maison Joseph Drouhin told them about the building next to his offices in Beaune, the project was born: transform the building in the historic center into a hotel, The facade of the building has been restored with local limestone and Burgundy stone , while art-deco style architecture dominates inside. For the decoration, Maison 1896, the name of the project, was imagined as a family home made up of 14 rooms and 2 suites on three levels. To discover Maison 1896, however, you will have to wait until this summer 2023, Webpage :

The serial entrepreneur Gérard Jicquel, who acquired the Fourcas Dupré (Listrac-Médoc) and Agassac (Haut-Médoc) castles, is also embarking on hotel creation. Already at the head of the Beautiful Life Group, which has a dozen establishments in France, mainly in Brittany, plans to build a luxury hotel in the grounds of the Château d’Agassac which should fit perfectly into the landscape, without clashing with the architecture that dates back to the 13C of the castle thanks to a green roof that is reminiscent of the cellar of Château Cheval Blanc or that of Haut-Bailly. And good wine too, Agassac webpage :

And the Beautiful Life Group hotels :

Thirty years of hard work and yet, Frédéric Duponchel found the time to realize his secret dream: to make wine again around Sens, (see post) Paron and Saint-Martin-du-Tertre, where the monks produced it 400 years ago. A vineyard celebrated in 1599 by Olivier de Serres but disappeared in the 20C, ruined by phylloxera and the Great War or WWI. He has recreated the domaine des Sénons , already at the head of nine hectares, soon to be twelve. Four “climats” are exploited on Saint-Martin, Hauts et Bas-Glaciers, Vaux-Gaudins, Peau du Loup; two others on Paron: Côte de Paron and Crêves Cœur. Chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot blanc and pinot noir have been planted there since 2019. The Sénons also have 2,400 m2 of medieval cellars carved out of chalk. Rather promising indeed, Webpage :

The city of Libourne will allow the former military barracks of the city to be transformed into a huge complex combining luxury hotels, food court, village of luxury brands, wine museum in partnership with the Cité du vin de Bordeaux, amusement park, museum old cars and green spaces… it will take two years of work to transform the current buildings, build new ones and above all complete the marketing of the spaces. More info in French :

There you go folks, another wine episode of my belle France! The wines of France that is, superbe, sublime, wonderful, gorgeous, enjoy without moderation but accompanying a meal, family table just perfect. Stay warm and see you in the vineyards of France

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

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