Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux: So much more than wine

Renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Saint-Émilion is one of those unique travel experiences that to me is what a trip to Europe is all about: Steep hilltop village, tiny cobblestoned streets, family-run restaurants, ancient ruins and quaint boutiques – and about 200 wine shops eager to ship your wine anywhere. Last time I […]

A visit to Cliff Lede Vineyards, Napa Valley

Beyond the tasting room and sculpture garden, what I found really unique and interesting at Cliff Lede was the rock and roll theme that starts in the vineyard.  With plots named after rock classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Born to be Wild” and “Layla”, it certainly makes it easy to remember which parts of the vineyard […]

A visit to Château Pontet-Canet, Bordeaux

My visit to Château Pontet-Canet, in the Pauillac (“Poyac”) region was certainly one of my most unique and memorable visits in Bordeaux.  This is a 100% biodynamic and 100% organic certified winery that makes wines that even Robert Parker can’t fault. Both the 2009 and 2010 vintages received perfect 100-pt scores. Pulling into the driveway I […]

A Magical Trip to Bordeaux, A Better Trip to the Wine Counter

Winner of the 2014 Great Wine Capitals Blogger Contest This year’s New Year’s Resolution was simple: improve my knowledge of Bordeaux wines, turn a casual relationship into something more meaningful. When it came to ordering or visiting the Bordeaux section of my wine store, I understood Bordeaux, but I didn’t really know it. Browsing this section has […]

Expert Tips for Visiting Bordeaux

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Caroline Matthews of Uncorked Wine Tours in Bordeaux.  Here are some of the biggest questions people ask about Bordeaux and what Caroline had to say:  Do you recommend making appointments before visiting châteaus?  With more than 8,000 châteaus in the Bordeaux wine region, you might think that […]