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Planet Bordeaux

by Nannette Eaton on February 8, 2012

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” — Loren Eiseley
“If there is magic on this planet, it’s contained in wine.” -– The Wine Harlot

You might think you own the world, but its all Planet Bordeaux baby, and you’re just living in it. And what a life it is. The city of Bordeaux is beautiful with UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition. Bordeaux is just three-and-a-half hours away by high-speed rail from Paris, and if you haven’t experienced Bordeaux (both the city and the wine region), you’re missing the magic. Bordeaux is arguably the epicenter of the wine world, but there’s a misconception that all Bordeaux wines are grand gru expensive. Not so, my friend. Half of all Bordeaux wine production is classified as Bordeaux or Bordeaux Superieur, and there’s a lot of transcendent wine under $20 USD to be found in Bordeaux. As wine tourist, there’s a lot of ground to cover in Bordeaux and it can be daunting. Wine Harlots suggest you start with a trip to Planet Bordeaux, a trade organization whose raison d’être is the education and promotion of the wines of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur.

Entering the Planet Bordeaux complex is like Disneyland for winos. There are multiple interactive displays providing comprehensive knowledge about the wines of Bordeaux. And yes, there’s a big ol’ display explaining terroir. It’s all about the dirt on Planet Bordeaux. After you get your fill of book learning, head to the Planet Bordeaux wine cellar, where you can purchase your favorite wines for picnics. Wine Harlots suggest starting your tour of Bordeaux with Planet Bordeaux, but it’s also a great stop at the end of trip to bring a few bottles back home as delicious wine souvenirs. What delighted the Wine Harlots the most was the children’s room with videos and coloring to keep the kiddies occupied while the adults roam the exhibits. The coloring books show grape farmers tending their fields. Those clever Bordelais, cultivating a new crop of consumers!

The Wine Harlots coloring outside the lines in Bordeaux was part of a press tour sponsored by Planet Bordeaux.
photo credit: EatonAlive ©2011