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The 'fête' not really 'on message'

tada! lights, action…

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Christmas has come a little too early for Beaune, but the Christmas lights (which went up, around town, in October) were switched on tonight! Of-course, today is the first day of the ‘Les Trois Glorieuses’ – the weekend that marks the auction of the Hospices de Beaune:  

clos de tart in the mainstream

clos de tart in the mainstream

https://t.co/VJxN0nab8N Okay, I’m afraid it has to be in a yukky ‘luxury’ section of the mainstream news, but mainstream news it is, and that’s a rarity. Given the pricing of the wine, this categorisation as a luxury can hardly be quibbled with. Personally I’d much prefer it to appear in a ‘culture’ section; because here […]

want to buy 2015 hospices?

want to buy 2015 hospices?

Time is running out if you do (of-course!) I have this in my inbox today, and it is, I suppose, an easy (read cheap!) entry into the world of Hospices de Beaune wine – though you won’t get to see your name on the label 😉 Albert Bichot have, for the best part of 15 […]

‘corkscrewed’

Half a billion dollars of fake wine are ‘out there somewhere.’ And that’s only Rudy Kurniawan’s contribution to the pot! Really an important topic for us all…

sporting deadlines

sporting deadlines

Amazingly (sounds like a well-worn record…) today’s the second consecutive day for shorts and a T-shirt whilst out jogging. The last time was probably in September. Report deadlines are not the only ones in Beaune just recently, there was also the entry for next Saturday’s Beaune 1/2 marathon last week, the day after which, something […]

côte dijonnaise…

An addition to the glossary: #cote-dijonnaise : “…At the end of the 1600s, there were over 300 vignerons in Dijon, mainly centred in an area called Saint-Philibert (now called Condorcet). When last measured before the onset of phylloxera (late 1800s), there were 1,200 hecares of vines…”

are sommeliers really responsible for global warming?

are sommeliers really responsible for global warming?

Weekend bottles: My first thought when I picked up the Jadot was ‘Wow! That’s heavy.’ For my second thought, ‘wow’ had already been replaced by sorrow for the people who have to deliver these wines into retailers and cellars. The bottle of the Bouchard wine is maybe less than half the weight, and certainly of […]

the perfect late-summer weekend (in november!)

the perfect late-summer weekend (in november!)

Well, it almost seems to be getting silly. It was a couple of degrees cooler today, but still almost nudging 20°C. For virtually the first time since we were harvesting the 2015s, out came my (long) shorts, and the air-con flickered into life in the car. You expect the reality of the season to show […]

‘super saturday’

‘super saturday’

Of-course, as it’s Saturday, the morning started in a very leisurely way; coffee and croissants – plus, for a change after this weeks misty weather, sun and blue sky! Friday afternoon the weather had turned warm – approaching 18 degrees, but today we topped out at about 22°C – the 5th of November too – […]

the producers of week 45…

the producers of week 45…

A selection of producers from this weeks visiting schedule. It’s a very hectic time, but fun too…

Saturday evening, towards Beaune

mist and happy fish

Saturday evening, Sunday day…

une samedi vivant…

une samedi vivant…

Above Saturday’s fog of Beaune, a spectacular view and just a little ‘culture’ too…

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