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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux May 12th 2019

From the Wine Cellar Insider: Bordeaux wine gains its unique character and flavor profile from a combination of the grapes planted in the vineyards, the terroir and soil of Bordeaux, climate and the choices made by the wine maker. But it all starts in the vineyard with Bordeaux wine grapes. First off, it’s important to note that a large part of what makes Bordeaux wine great, is that 99% of all the top wines are produced from blends of different url=https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wine-topics/wine-educational-questions/grapes-for-wine-making-flavor-characteristics-explained grape varieties. Even though the Bordeaux wine being made today bears little resemblance to the wines produced in the region when the url=https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-... read more
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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux May 11th 2019

Did you know that Bordeaux's can be red or white, though it is normally associated with red wine. Bordeaux is always made from a blend of Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot wines, the proportion depending on where the winery is located. In fact, 90% of Bordeaux wines are red wines made with Cab and merlot. Red Bordeaux are: Cab, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab franc, and Malbec. White Bordeaux are: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle. The dominant favors of red: black current, cedar, plum, graphite, and cedar. The dominant white wine flavors are: lemon-lime, gooseberry, grapefruit, chamomile, and lemon curd. Good vintages are: 2015, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1998, and 1990. From Vine Pair: The Gironde estuary cuts through the center of the region creating two banks: a left bank and a right bank. It is ... read more
Spring time
Cute towns and cities in Bordeaux

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux May 10th 2019

It has been a long time since I have been to Bordeaux. I certainly never envisioned cycling through this part of the wine country, much less visiting France so many times. De Gaulle's France was not very kind to me back in the 70s. The countryside was my only respite, since they genuinely seemed to appreciate Americans for liberating their country. One of my friends who served in WW2 was adopted by a French couple form a little village, not far from here. They really appreciated what he did for them! But before we hop aboard our bicycles, what is there to know about Bordeaux, besides wine? Located in the southwestern region of France, on the Garonne River, Bordeaux is considered the wine capital of the world. From Visitacity: any of its neoclassical style buildings have ... read more
Our hotel
Macaire bikes

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux May 9th 2019

So, this is the basic description of the cycling portion of my trip: The name Entre Deux Mers refers to the triangle of land that sits between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, to the east of Bordeaux. The land here on the right bank of Bordeaux produces a variety of vintages, from the soft Merlot’s of St Emilion to the sweet whites of Sauternes. The tour takes you through this verdant landscape from south to north, stopping in our pick of the best 3 and 4-star hotels in the region. Of many highlights, here are three: ... read more
Cute little towns and cities
Spring time in the vineyards
Take your pick!

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux February 13th 2019

It's been seven weeks since we left our home in Les Sables, and apart from a few days staying with relatives this little van has been our home throughout that time - officially our longest motorhome trip ever! Another lovely peaceful night on a French Aire (for which we willing paid 3€ via the "honesty box" on the wall of the Mairie!). Our Austrian friend, Igor, had left later in the evening, so we had the place to ourselves. We'd arranged to meet Tony's sister in Bordeaux, so we headed for the car park in Allées de Chartres, where we knew motorhomes could park during the day (but weren't welcome overnight!). A fair trek for the morning, but we'd had a good breakfast (almost "brunch" - scrambled eggs on toast with lots of coffee). Setting the ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux May 28th 2018

A short drive from the Atlantic coast is Dinan, a quaint, cobblestoned, village. Our B&B was built in the 15th century facing the village square which is very centrally located. Debra did a great job in booking our accommodation as most of the places have been in convenient locations, clean and comfortable and reasonably priced. The trade off to those benefits were accessibility by car, parking and narrow winding stairs. Most of the times, we just took what we needed out of our suitcases which made the logistics of getting in and out a little easier. Of course, many of these places were built when the average person’s height was about 5ft. 5 inches so I was constantly battling the doorways etc. and the stone arches always win!!! On our way to Bordeaux, we detoured to ... read more
A happy person eating Lobster Roll and Frites!!!
The Cite du Vin in Bordeaux.
The Miroir d’eau in Bordeaux

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux April 30th 2018

Friday, 20 April – Bordeaux, France We boarded a bus for the French border and again admired the green, mountainous region of norther Spain as we journeyed to San Sebastian and the border town of Irun, Spain. From there we caught the metro from one side of the river to the other, depositing us in Hendaya, France. We purchased our TGV tickets, having just missed a connection by 1 minute, so with the wait of 45 minutes I found a boulangerie (bakery), had my first real chocolate éclair and munched on our lunch until the train came. We were expecting a bullet train and whilst the train was, the ride was not. Disappointingly, we never got above 120kph on the standard rails. 3hrs later we arrived in Bordeaux and instantly loved it. Sandstone buildings, wrought iron ... read more
The view from our window in Bordeaux
Bordeaux markets
Ponte Pierre over the Garonne River

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux November 6th 2017

It’s been a few days since the last blog entry, but that was because I figured I should just do one entry about my time in Bordeaux. Unlike my time in Alsace and Burgundy, my visit to Bordeaux has been about one thing, and one thing only: wine. So I left Beaune on Thursday morning. I had toyed with the idea of visiting Perigueux along the way, but as it turned out, I would have reached there about 4:30pm and that was a bit late to see much. The drive across to Bordeaux was over 6 hours, so I wasn’t going to be feeling like doing much anyway. The drive was pretty good though. There wasn’t much traffic, and even though I was on highways and motorways the whole time, the scenery ranged from nice to ... read more
Enjoying the wines of Chateau Lynch-Bages and Ormes de Pez
Cite du Vin
Vineyards of St. Emillion

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux June 20th 2017

To break up the long drive from Logrono to Pessac (just outside the city of Bordeaux) we stopped at San Sebastian. This place is an outstanding display of affluence with splashes of the rich at every turn. The long and beautiful beach was suitably well populated on this very warm Sunday. A number were out there catching waves on the not too challenging surf and having a great time of it. The drive through the valleys and mountains was gorgeous with roads sweeping across deep valleys and breathtaking views Then off to France. After negotiating the roads through San Sebastion to the border we stopped at a lovely wayside stop for lunch, where Liz was promptly locked into a toilet due to a fault door lock. Not a good start in a new country but Rob ... read more
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Brilliant old houses Arcochon
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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux May 16th 2017

Geo: 44.8374, -0.576144Our last day back in Bordeaux. We opted for the Botanical Gardens tour on the opposite side of the river. This is an interesting project which is educational and research rather than a pretty place to visit. They are running out of funding and it is beginning to show. They don't charge an entrance as they say no one will come if they do. It is good that school parties can come here and learn about plants you can eat, plants which only grow on rocks or sand etc. They have a big greenhouse and at the moment they are showing Mediterranean plants which means they don't have to heat the greenhouse so it is cheaper. They do have solar panels on top to help with the electricity bills and they collect all the ... read more
Monty Don gives a lecture
Tiz and Stefan talk to Monty




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