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Paulliac – Day 6

Time for the left bank, or Rive Gauche, home of the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bordeaux_Wine_Official_Classification_of_1855). We were docked in Paulliac but toured the Medoc from north to south. We saw Château Margaux (Premiers Crus), Château Lafitte Rothschild (Premiers Crus) and stopped for a tasting at Château Marquis de Terme (Quatrièmes Crus). We had a lovely dinner at […]

Bourg and Blaye – Day 5

Two picturesque little walkable towns, home to two large right bank wine regions. I had never heard of Côtes de Bourg or Côtes de Blaye but they both have some great Bordeaux wines – most of which are never exported due to their lower price point. We had a small semi-private tour (24 people) that started at a wine bar in Blaye called La […]

Libourne, St. Emilion, Pomerol – Day 4

We started the day with a visit to Libourne – known for its markets. We then rode to the town of St. Emilion (home to Château Cheval Blanc – ironically it is the merlot that Miles loved in the movie Sideways), and visited the estate and winery at Château Siaurac (wines from Pomerol and Lalande-de-Pomerol) – followed by a tasting […]

Cadillac – Day 3

Just south of Cadillac, cooler water flows from the Ciron  into the Garonne and creates this foggy mist. This mist floats over the vineyards in the mornings and dissipates in the afternoon. This flux between humidity and warmth are perfect conditions for “noble rot” which gives Sauternes, like the wines of Château De Myrat, which we visited, their intense flavors and sweetness. The […]

Bordeaux – Days 1 & 2

We had a lovely week in Bordeaux exploring the area, learning some local history and tasting some great wines. On our walking tour we saw the Girondins Monument with a fountain & towering column erected to honor the revolutionaries from the Gironde region. We also wandered along the Garonne and its river-side gardens. Here is […]

Melk and Durnstein – Day 7

As we travelled down the Danube we had a two stop day. The morning stop was is in Melk with a visit to the Abbey. It was founded in 1089 when the King donated a castle. In the 12th century the school was formed (today they have about 900 students from nearby attending classes there). […]

Santa Barbara

Mary and I took a long weekend to Santa Barbara in early May. I had miles and a free ticket (I fly too much) so we decided to check out another area. We landed in LA, stayed one night in Santa Monica and then drove up PCH 1. Beautiful drive. We stopped once or twice […]

Montalcino

The second stop of the day on our wine excursion was Montalcino, Home of Brunello di Montalcino – one of our favorite Italian wines. After having been to Siena, Monteriggioni, or even Certaldo Alto, if you came here for the architecture you were not going to get wowed. Here is the Duomo from the side. […]

Montepulciano

There were really two reasons for us to visit this city. One was Rosso di Montalcino, the other Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Both are hearty Italian reds. We were interested in taking in the old Etruscan and Roman history and architecture along the way. We enjoyed the city and had a glass of Vino di […]