Down to the Bordeaux region, the holidays couldn’t get better: on top of all the (wine driven) planning, we got to Saint Emilion during the “Saint-Emilion Portes ouvertes” event, the only weekend of the year where many chateaux open their doors for wine tasting and to show off their cellars.
This was a really special gift as most of the wine estates are either closed to the public or it can only be visited by appointment.
Saint Emilion itself is quite a special place: this medieval village dated from the 8th century is surrounded by vineyards, it has lots of underground galleries that work as caves for some of the best wines in the world and it is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Walking through these ancient stone streets, exploring some tiny shops, bakeries or historical sites, the smell from the macaroon factories, the taste of the traditional dishes such as roast rabbit or duck and all the amazing wines that we tried were truly remarkable.
Small village around Bordeaux
At Le Comptoir de Genès wine bar, there is no wine list: the wines are displayed in wooden boxes all over the restaurant and you can pick your own bottle.
It is really exciting going around and reading about the wines, the Chateau and the winemakers but in case you feel lost, the staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and they will proudly assist you on the choice.
It is like going to a candy shop !!!
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I’ve put together a list of my best findings of 2010: a small list of sparkling, whites and reds that made my year enjoyable, memorable, special and headache-free !
If 2010 was a great year for you, this is a reason for celebrations. If not, maybe these is for one of those days that you may want to drink something a little special to start the New Year refreshed or at least forget about your troubles.
So either way, here are some wonderful choices for your consideration (in no particular order):
The best findings of 2010
2009 Brown Brothers – Limited Release Prosecco
Moorebank Private Vineyard Estate – “The Son’s” Sparkling Merlot
2010 Villa Maria – Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough / New Zealand (AUD $15.00)
2009 Vasse Felix – Margaret River Chardonnay (AUD $19.00)
Albarino – Santiago Ruiz – Rias Baixas 2007 – (price unkown)
2008 Shiraz – Samuel’s Gorge – McLaren Vale / South Australia (AUD $35.00)
Al Muvedre – Tinto Joven – Telmo Rodriguez 2008 – Alicante / Spain (AUD $19.00)
Montes 2006 Alpha Merlot – Vale Conchago / Chile (AUD $17.00)
Oliver’s Taranga HJ Reserve Shiraz 2006 – McLaren Vale / South Australia (AUD $46.00)
2004 Miolo Lote 43 – Serra Gaucha/Brazil (AUD $45.00)
2005 Tempus Two Zinfandel – Orange – NSW (AUD $32.00)
2009 Miolo Reserva Tannat – Serra Gaucha/ Brazil (R$ 20.00)
Penfolds Celar Relase 2007 Pinot Noir – Adelaide Hills/SA (AUD $40.00)
Patricia 2005 Cab Sav Brown Brothers (AUD $47.00)
2006 Audrey Wilkinson – The Lake Reserve Shiraz (price unkown)
Casillero Del Diablo – Carmenere 2008 – Concha Y Toro – Chile (AUD $14.00)
Thanks to all my friends that shared those bottles (I mean, those moments) with me and made the food-wine-friends experience even more remarkable.
Cheers and Happy New Year !
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