Posted by Al Campbell | June 19, 2018 | Wine and food
We’ve finally put away the candles

There's no real French equivalent to the old saw 'Ne'er cast a clout 'til May is out'. Yet keeping your overcoat handy until at least June 1st was long Grand...

Posted by Al Campbell | May 13, 2018 | Wine and food
If you go down to the woods today…

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a pungent surprise. Actually we rather like the smell of that because it's all about garlic, something the French...

Posted by Al Campbell | April 30, 2018 | Uncategorized
May the Lily be with you!

This week in Burgundy we’ll be holding the Fête du Muguet – the Festival of the Lily of the Valley. We hold it on May 1st, which is Labour Day...

Posted by Al Campbell | April 25, 2018 | Uncategorized
Chenonceau – a fabled castle created by fabulous women

We’ve talked before about the Chateau of Chenonceau. Having just visited again this year, and seen it in its full Spring glory, we’ve refreshed our minds on the awe-inspiring list of owners...

Posted by Al Campbell | March 29, 2018 | Uncategorized
So, what wine should you drink with chocolate?

Last week, when we wrote all about chocolate and ‘Chocolat’,  people posed us the question ‘so what wine can you pair with chocolate?’ For us there is only one possible...

Posted by Al Campbell | March 20, 2018 | Uncategorized
WELCOME TO DOUBLE CHOCOHOLIC HEAVEN

Some things are a matter of life and death, but chocolate is even more important than that. In France chocolate is an all-consuming passion and the ‘maitre chocolatier’ – the...

Posted by Al Campbell | February 26, 2018 | Uncategorized
FRED AND WILMA EAT YOUR HEART OUT

If you’ve ever wanted to discover your inner cave man or woman, or simply fancy finding out what life in a hole in the ground is like, then you’ve just...

Posted by Al Campbell | February 21, 2018 | Uncategorized
What do hospitals, wine and hospitality have in common?

Welcome to the Hospices de Beaune Whether you love history or wine (or both for that matter) you’re simply going to fall head over heels for the Hospices de Beaune. ...

Posted by Al Campbell | February 11, 2018 | Uncategorized
Why don’t the French French-kiss?

The French are legendary romantics. Indeed, Joni Mitchell sang ‘in France they kiss on main street’. So this week, with St. Valentine’s Day in the offing, we’re asking this question:...

Posted by Al Campbell | January 31, 2018 | Uncategorized
DID THE ROMANS CREATE THE TASTE OF BURGUNDY?

Very cultural crowd the Romans. Look at a map of France and you can see their influence everywhere – especially in the older off-the-beaten track roads that run dead straight...