bordeaux

Bordeaux… Each Trip, Better Than The Last

I detailed my last trip to Bordeaux so I am not going to spend too much time going into a lot of detail here. The trip was really interesting and it was a lot of family time and a lot of time spent learning more details about my grandfather (www.morhangenetwork.com) and the people who helped him during WWII. This trip was unique, though, in that it was with much of my family. My sister and brother in law, my mother and father, 2 of my cousins and my aunt all joined me on the journey and, seeing as it was there first time meeting all these great french individuals, it was quite special to be able to share that all with them.

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A bunch of these photos are from my sister as I just didn’t carry my camera around all the much. So photo cred to Rachel Meyerowitz.

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Food in France

The food throughout France was really good. I got spoiled down in Bordeaux and my hosts brought me to a couple really nice places. Le Entree Jardin and Cafe Lavinal (at the Lynch Bages Chateau) were both delicious.

My host (claudine) in bordeaux also cooked at least one meal for me just about everyday. We at everything (and drank a lot too). Between the saussison, and veal dishes, and soups… everything was GREAT!

My hosts in Paris cooked me homemade rabbit as well as sushi (one of my hosts was japanese). I also went to a place by the louvre and get a big hunk of steak tartar which was excellent (even though the waitress asked me three times if I was sure and if I understood that it was raw)

I went to Allen’s Market in Paris for thanksgiving dinner (read more in Paris Part 1)

Lastly, I got to eggs breakfast at the Park Hyatt (both of which ended up getting comped [good thing because the two added up to 75ish euros ($100 for two egg breakfasts lol) and they were OK. Not worth the cost.

Overall, french food (or the foods that I ate) was really good!! See some pictures below (they follow the descriptions above)

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Beautiful Bordeaux, Part 2

Monday was a big day for us. We got up bright and early and got ready to head out for our Chateau Tour of the Pauillac and Margaux wine regions of southwest France. Remember Patrick’s sister, Kiki, from my previous Bordeaux post? Well she was a wine exporter for 25+ years and got us hooked up with a few really top classification chateaus for the day. [note: there was a classification [wiki] of the wineries in France in 1855 or something]. We visited a few of the top classes and had a tasting at a number 2 and number 5 class.] This was a very special treat and we had a kind of ‘all-access’ pass to some of these places. It was great!

One of the really interesting things about the chateaus in Bordeaux and the classification into the different tiers is that on one side of the road you can have a First Classification wine and right on the other side (like a car lengths apart) you can have a chateau that isn’t ranked at all. I won’t get too technical about it, but apparently its all about the “terrior” or ground that the vines grow in. The ideal is clay and rock and sometimes, just on the other side of the street the ground can be more grass. It’s fascinating (at least to me)… that’s all for the wine mumbo jumbo… hopefully you’re not bored yet. I’ve included some photos of the interiors/exteriors of the different chateaus with my best attempt at remembering which is which.

Wine glasses at Lynch-Bages Chateau in Francewine tasting at lynch-bages chateau in pauillac france

Note about wine tasting: Technically you’re supposed to take a sip and spit after you’ve taken in the flavor and what not…. I did NOT spit. This was some of the best wine I will probably ever drink. Spit! no way… in fact, I’ll take seconds!

After we were done wine tasting for the day (which was some of the best wine ever) we went to visit a really special place that Patrick thought I would appreciate… he was right. (more…)