Tradeshows & Tastings Oh My

Vins de mes Amis

Another year, another round of trade shows, tastings, and winery visits in Europe.  This year’s trip was a quickie, as I had a ton of things to do in the US.  In addition, I was on the move almost every day, which made this one a very tiring visit to the Continent. A day after […]

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Loire & More

Angers' Medieval Castle

The Chateau in Angers (in warmer times) I’ve been swamped with work since I got back from France in late February, so this post is a tad late.  Apologies, as usual, and all that.  In any case, the rest of the trip went smashingly well.  Aside from a super nasty bug that sidelined me for […]

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Simple Things

  It’s funny, despite my love of the simpler things in life, it’s easy to lose one’s way and forget this most basic principle. Every day we’re assaulted by a barrage of desires, enticing us to do/eat/drink more. Yet when one takes a deep breath and a step back, we (re)discover how nice it is […]

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Judging vs Tasting

This past weekend I was invited to be a judge at the Concours des Vignerons Independants, the Independant Winemakers’ Competition, in Paris. As you can imagine, I was very honored. But then again, I’ll take any excuse to go to Paris. Even for just 4 days. Some of the most distinctive wines are being made […]

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A Day in Champagne

There are many nice things about being in Paris. But one of the best is being only an hour or so by car or TGV from that winemaking region so close to my heart, Champagne. Yes, Champagne… Swoon… It’s a large area, with various terrains and terroirs. In the winter, and in fact for most […]

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Paris Daze

I had planned to blog continuously about my stay in Paris, but wild days and nights have taken their toll on me.

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Morning

The soft light of morning gently caresses the night’s fog, its luminous fingers filling it with color. The mist parts like an ocean in slow motion, the light giving life to amorphous silhouettes, straight walls leading to curved roofs. Shadows become crisp and lucid, revealing a city waking up to a new day. Smells of […]

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A Week In Paris

Morning in Paris Yeah, there are worse places to spend a week than in Paris. I decided to treat myself to a week in Paris, where I could do some business and also celebrate my birthday. To put it mildly, I have my priorities straight, thank you very much. I left Macon very early on […]

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Meals with Friends in Paris

My first week in Paris, I joined fellow blogger and good friend Sharon at her place for a fantastic lunch. A British expat, Neil, also joined us, as did my wife, who had just landed and courageously ignored the jet-lag trying to drag her down. After picking her up from the Air France shuttle, we […]

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A Breakfast in Paris

Sorry, couldn’t resist.Cheers!

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Market Watch: Boulevard Raspail

I landed on Sunday morning, early enough to visit the Boulevard Raspail organic market. The sun was shining and the rows between the stands were packed with shoppers and tourists, tables groaning under beautiful vegetables and fruits, fresh-killed chickens and ducks and fish and other assorted goodies. Here are a few pictures from that stroll.Cheers!

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Paris Wine Bar: Willi’s Wine Bar & LeGrand Filles & Fils

On Tuesday afternoon I met up with a friend for lunch at Willi’s Wine Bar in the 1st arrondissement. This always reliable restaurant has a great wine list, both by the bottle and by the glass, and the food is delicious. In addition, it offers some of Paris’ best lunch deals: 19.5€ for 2-courses (starter/main […]

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Paris In Three Days

I am so happy, I am leaving for my maternal city in three days. On Sunday morning, I will be munching on a warm croissant, with a steaming bowl of café au lait while watching Parisians go about their business. This is one aspect of my job I love, the ability to fly to Paris […]

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