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to be classic, or not to be classic…

to be classic, or not to be classic…

Well, I have to stave of boredom, despite being in the spectacularly pretty mountains. Okay not that pretty today due to cloud and snow! So if I can’t do downhill, what about cross-country? And then the vexed question of skating or ‘classic.’ I decide that I’m the classic type and take a lesson – I’ve […]

oups!

oups!

Regular readers will be aware that each year in January I disappear for what I like to call ski-training before doing a downhill race in Mürren. Well, about 10 days ago, jogging at night in Chablis, I failed to observe a chain between two massive ‘plant-pots’ – I hit the ground hard and fast, and […]

back to the snow…

back to the snow…

A week away from Chablis and ouf! – snow 🙂 Definitely not a skiing day – rather a train-ride a nice Italian lunch and the impressively cool spa of Samedan…

weekend walks…

weekend walks…

Okay, last weekend was Emmental, this week it was Graubunden. Yesterday it was beautiful, Saturday and today not so! Tomorrow it’s a tasting in London – ouf!

more bottles, more hills…

more bottles, more hills…

One advantage of having a house full of Kiwis – pre vintage – is that there are plenty of bottles to be opened and sights to see.

summer holidays are over…

summer holidays are over…

I had a few nice wines whilst in the mountains last week, but it seems that the holidays are now over. I’ve a snowball of articles to publish over the next six weeks – oh, and there’s a harvest coming too! It seems that a number of domaines will be be starting with their whites […]

the ins and outs of being very silly…

the ins and outs of being very silly…

The weather is vacillating. One moment picturesque, the next, very damp. Tomorrow I should take-part in my first marathon – it just so happens it’s the ‘highest in Europe’ – a mere 2,739m at the 25km point. I suppose it’s all downhill from there! Oh well, shame about the weather forecast too…

i can see you…!

i can see you…!

Spotted – or rather first heard! – in Meursault Perrières today. I’ve been touring the vines – some in reasonable condition, some are very sad – pockets of vines in Pommard and Beaune seem particularly hard hit, some have more grapes left than leaves! It’s early enough (the hail) that split and damaged grapes will […]

last day this week in irancy town…

last day this week in irancy town…

A quiet day of visits, the weather’s a little been a little cooler too – only ~28°C! There was a little rain last night, but nothing too heavy. Generally the producers of ‘Greater Burgundy’ are content with their lot after flowering. One more Irancy producer tomorrow, then I’m heading to Beaune. Note, a 98 Irancy […]

the first flowers of 2014…

the first flowers of 2014…

Some of the first, anyway! Once a week, the breakfast at Hotel Montrachet is my treat. Today, on the way back to Beaune, Clouseau-like, I poked around a few vineyards with my camera – today Puligny La Garenne and Meursault Les Perrières. In general the chardonnay of the Côte de Beaune seems a little in […]

a few holdiay snaps

a few holdiay snaps

From ‘another place’ (shock…). Now back home for more typing…

azaleas, rain and dodgy packaging…

azaleas, rain and dodgy packaging…

Just a little cooler in Chablis today. Eventually, about 17h30 some rain forced its way through the leaden sky – but it wasn’t particularly hard or long, as the actress noted. Of-course it waited for me to go jogging about 21h30 before it started to rain again! Still with hardly any rain for the last […]

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