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April 8, 2017

France: Arbois, Maison Pasteur

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Pasteur’s laboratory

In the Jura department of France, near the border with Switzerland is the commune of Arbois. The town of around 3,500 people is known for its cheese-centric food, theft-worthy Comté cheese, and wine. Indeed, in 1936 Arbois’ viticulture areas became the first designated “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” or A.O.C. in France. Today the Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne appellations are more famous, but Arbois was the first. (more…)

March 18, 2017

France: Côte d’Or


The commune of Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy’s most famous and most expensive wines originate in the Côte d’Or appellation, a band of vineyards extending from the southern outskirts of Dijon to Santenay. On the east side of this limestone escarpment the vineyards spill down the hillside onto the valley floor. A designated 60-kilometer long road route through the vineyards, the Route des Grands Crus, takes oenophiles (more…)

December 23, 2012

Portugal: Alto Douro


Heading to the Douro River

Heading to the Douro River

Where do the grapes come from?

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November 15, 2012

France: Medoc and St. Emilion


Château Pichon Longueville Baron in Pauillac (HDR)

Though we frequently make threats, we don’t often get the chance to return to places we’ve visited.  On this visit to Europe we lived up to our promises and revisited a couple of places that we’ve been to recently.  We returned to Bordeaux and its surrounding wine country.

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France: Tain L’Hermitage and Vienne

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The vineyards of Hermitage

A careful reader might notice that we have a tendency to travel to wine producing regions.  It hasn’t been a conscious plan.  But yes, in retrospect, the labels on the front of more than (more…)

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