Italy: Italian Style

Last year my course included 3 Italians. This year that number doubled. And lucky for me they are all wine lovers and in fact two of them even come from wine making families. So… conspiring together, the Italian faction decided to host an Italian wine tasting and seminar. Four different classmates were representing four different and distinct winemaking regions in Italy. Even more lucky me.


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Taking advantage of a rare day off

By Monday night I was wishing I could go back in time and start the weekend and the week over again. A kitchen accident that led to stitches. A migrane. Followed by a touch of the stomach flu. It hasn’t been a good couple of days. But I was starting to feel better and my finger was on the mend. There was mood to be improved, a day off  and estates to be visited.


So we piled in a car and headed out to Bordeaux’ Left Bank. Our first stop: Chateau Lascombes, a Second Growth in the Margaux appellation.  Continue reading

A First Growth Morning

Another brisk, yet bright morning in Bordeaux. A half-day of playing hooky from work. A visit and a tasting at one of five Bordeaux First Growths: Chateau Haut Brion.

That right there says enough. But of course, I have more to say.

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