Making Sense Of Champagne

After four-plus days in Burgundy, it was time to continue our wine education and drive north to Champagne, specifically the town of Verzy, where we planned to stay with Yvonne and Jiles Halling. Yvonne is the operator of the popular B&B Les Molyneaux, and her husband, Jiles, a former executive with Moet & Chandon, is […]

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Spreading Holiday Cheer With An International Flair

One of the best ways to share the good cheer of the holiday season is through gifts of wine. And while shopping at this time of year is sometimes a challenge, finding the right bottle for a family member, close friend, or colleague gets easier every year as the world of wine grows more bountiful. […]

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Burgundy — C’est Tres Beaune!

A few days after our visits to wineries in the Côte de Nuits, my wife and I met up with Stephen Liney, a veteran of the Burgundy wine scene, for another round of meeting winemakers, tasting their wares, and learning as much I could about the Côte de Beaune in eight hours. Our scurrying around […]

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Burgundy — Beginning To Understand

Burgundy is one of the most important wine regions on the planet, with many of the world’s finest pinot noir and chardonnay wines calling the Côte d’Or home. It’s also one of the most complex and difficult to understand. For someone studying wine, who happens to have a wife who loves pinot noir, a visit […]

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Aix-en-Provence and Avignon — Time For Wine

After treating ourselves to some family time in Barcelona, it was time to head north into France for one of the wine-centric phases of our journey. As with most trips of this nature, there is never enough time to do and see enough things. Still, we enjoyed a mix of local touring and professional wine […]

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Family Reunion in Barcelona

My family and I have had the good fortune to visit Barcelona several times in recent years, a string that had its start because two of my siblings married people from the Iberian Peninsula — one from Catalunya and one from the Basque Country. This visit, spurred by our daughter Meghan’s choice to spend a […]

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Honfleur and Rouen

After a few days focused on WWII history, we had two days before we had to get to Paris for our flight to Barcelona and a miniature family reunion. We took full advantage of whatever time was left and headed for Honfleur, the ancient fishing town an hour or two away from Bayeux, depending on […]

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World War II Sites Along The Normandy Coast

On our third day in Normandy we set out to view as many important WWII sites as we could, starting out in Arromanches, where the incredible Port Winston was constructed. A floating dock and pier system that allowed Allied ships a safe harbor from which they might supply the hundreds of thousands of troops who […]

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On To Bayeux

Following a stop in Chartres and an overnight on Mont Saint Michel, we headed east (northeast?) to Bayeux, where we would stay a few nights at the wonderfully comfortable Hotel Tardif while exploring the WWII sites nearby. (Coincidentally, our room was a room used by de Gaulle following the liberation of Bayeux soon after D-Day!) […]

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Normandy, Day One

For those folks who are not following our travels on Facebook, I thought I’d post a batch or two of photos from each leg of the trip. So far, we’ve enjoyed Normandy, Barcelona, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and points in between. We are now planted in Beaune, Burgundy, for a few days, and hope to catch up […]

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