Love Letters from Bordeaux

Château Tire Pé

bottle shot of Chateau Tire Pe red wine Diem, a Bordeaux wine made of merlot. The bottle is on a outdoor table in front of an old chateau with green windows and white lace curtains

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, land the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” — John Muir It was mid-point on our tour of […]

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Château del Bel :: The Film

film still of the word

via Vimeo Enjoy the video of Château de Bel with owners Oliver & Anne Cazenave and family during the Bordeaux harvest, in a film created by Luc Plissonneau. Don’t you just want to be there? As beautiful as the movie is, the wine is better. If you want to get your hands on a bottle […]

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Planet Bordeaux

photograph of three glasses of Bordeaux wine white, rose and clairet from Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superior from Planet Bordeaux

“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 […]

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Market Day in Bordeaux: Sauveterre de Guyenne

photograph of red tomatoes with a French hand-lettered sign on a wood-trimmed chalkboard in Market Day in Bordeaux: Sauveterre de Guyenne

“Travel gives me the opportunity to walk through the sectors of cities where one can clearly see the passage of time.” — Jerzy Kosinski You can’t live on wine alone. (Yes, I said it. And it’s sad, but very true). To go with your delicious Bordeaux wines, you need to pick up a few morsels […]

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Dinner at Château Féret-Lambert with Château de Bel

photograph of Chateau Feret-Lambert owners, Olivier Sulzer, Valerie Feret and Henri Feret standing in their vineyard

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” — Julia Child “Most of my treasured memories of travel are recollections of sitting.” — Robert Thomas Allen After a tour of the grounds and the cellar at Château Féret-Lambert, we settled in the kitchen. What’s more French than the love of food? […]

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French Cooking Class at Château Féret-Lambert in Pictures

photograph of Feret Lambert Bordeaux wines

“I’d love to learn to cook. I think the ladies like a guy who can cook. Also, there are lots of available ladies at cooking classes. Can you tell I’m single?” — Will Estes Next up: Tomorrow dinner at Château Féret-Lambert. In words. I think the world has seen enough of my photojournalism and weird sense […]

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Mascarets et la Levrette in Bordeaux (Tidal Bores & Doggy-Style)

photograph of a sunset on the Garonne river in from of Chateua Sainte Barbe during the Mascaret September 2011. photo credit EatonAlive copyright 2011

“In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a pageboy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk – they are all part of the curriculum.” — Michel de Montaigne Travel itself is education. Venturing forth from the tried and true, the staid […]

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The Red Thread (Fil Rouge)

poster for the film Fil Rouge (The Red Thread) a short film about the end of life of an old Bordeaux winemaker and the red thread of wine that runs through his mind while drinking different vintages. The label shou;d a red angel flying over a vineyard with an overturned red wine glass spilled on the ground earth

 “Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.”  —  Luc de Clapiers via Vimeo The Red Sting of Destiny is an Asian construct of how fate will bind those who are destined to be together. In Fil Rouge (The Red Thread) Filmmaker Luc Plissonneau plays with this concept in the […]

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Where in the World are the Wine Harlots?

sepia photograph of the Effiel Tower, Paris France. Full shot of the tower with trees to the left of the shot.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” –- Robert Louis Stevenson Like the Scarlet Pimpernel, the Wine Harlots are “here, there and everywhere” and will be sharing some of our adventures. Over the next ten days I’ll be fondly recalling […]

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