Bordeaux

Red, She Said

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“Red is the great clarifier – bright and revealing. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red – it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.” — Diana Vreeland photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013

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Château Ballan-Larquette Bordeaux Blanc 2011

photograph of Chateau Ballan Bordeaux Blanc with a wine glass of the golden yellow French white wine

“We must leave this terrifying place tomorrow and go searching for sunshine.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald Wine. Terrifying? For the general public, it can be. So many, brands, so many labels, so many rules, rituals and misconceptions. Like the myth that “Bordeaux wines are super-expensive.” Sure, they’re a few grand crus that are prohibitively expensive, but […]

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Sauvignon Blanc: Tale of Two Countries

photograph of two bottles of white wine in front of a cord board backdrop with bottles of Baron de Rothschild Lafite Reserve White Bordeaux Los Vasocs Suavgnon Blanc and Los Vascos Sauvginon Blanc

 “You looked like the sun I was the only one Who could stare until you were done shining on me And as we drank our wine and let the world fade away The sunrise tried to end it while we tried to stay” Joshua Radin Sauvignon blanc says summer like no other wine. Lemony and […]

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Château Reynier

photograph of Chateau Reynier in the village of Grezillac in Entre-Deaux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Owned by Marc and Agnes Lurton

After a lovely wine lunch at Planet Bordeaux we said our goodbyes and settled into the chauffeured car and off to our next appointment. Marc and Agnés Lurton are the owners of Château Reynier, in the Entre-Deaux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Lurton,  a member of one of the pre-eminent winemaking families of Bordeaux, has been making wine at […]

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Roman Wine Caves in Bordeaux at Chateau Reynier

photograph of the glowing old ancient Roman caves in Bordeaux, France on the estate of Marc and Agnes Lurton at Chateau Reynier

I looked out across The river today I saw a city in the fog and an old church tower Where the seagulls play I saw the sad shire horses walking home In the sodium light I saw two priests on the ferry October geese on a cold winter’s night And all this time, the river […]

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Canelé

a photograph of a plate of caneles, the formed dessert with a carmelized shell with a custardy-cake center. The offcial pastry of Bordeaux France.

“He rolls it under his tongue as a sweet morsel.” — Matthew Henry When you speak of French pastries, what comes to mind first might be Proust’s childhood memory of madeleines or the obsession-producing macaron. But in Bordeaux, you reminisce about canelés. Canelés are baked in small molds and have a dark, chewy caramelized crust with […]

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Château Penin

photograph of a bottle of  Chateau Penin Bordeaux Rose with a wineglass to the right

“The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions, is what makes some artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.” – John Updike Château Penin has been in the Carteyron family since the vineyard was planted in 1854, with five generations tending the […]

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Where’s My Wine?

Photograph of the detail of the the Monument of the Girondins, Bordeaux, France. With Dionysus/Bacchus with grapes leaves and berries as a crown and an excited expression shouting for wine

 “If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three – wine, food, and art – as a way of enhancing life.” — Robert Mondavi Detail of Dionysus/Bacchus from the base of the Monument aux Girondins, Bordeaux France. photo credit: EatonAlive ©2011

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Macarons

photograph of macaron cookies, raspberry, passion fruit, rose petal and hazel nut from a bakery in Bordeaux France

“I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert. Delicately made up, not highly rouged. Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavor that lasts.” —  Graham Kerr Proust had his madelines, Wine Harlots are in love with macarons. Framboise […]

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Château L’Escart

bottle shot of Chateau L'Escart Omar Khayam and Agape Bordeaux wines

“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ― Omar Khayyám On the last day of our sojourn in Bordeaux, we dropped in on Damien and Lorena Laurent of Château L’Escart, […]

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