Wine tour of Chambery and Condrieu

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June 22nd 2018
Published: June 27th 2018
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Chambery and Condrieu

We decided to take advantage of the masses of local wine regions and after some discussions with Lyon wine shop owners, we settled on Chambery, and then over to the Côte-Rôtie in the afternoon.

We also needed to get some more Lunch food, so researched a market in Chambery. After finishing at the market and getting to the desired local winery, we find that the French Lunchtime has stalled our plans again and so the executives (Rose and Clarke) decide to go to Côte-Rôtie and book in at Domaine Geroge Vernay for a tasting. This was exactly what we expected and tried three lovely whites and three awesome reds.

It was now 3PM and all of the lunch restaurants have finished and so we found the boulangerie, picked up a couple of baguettes and headed for the river bank to have lunch. Excellent spread and now finished, it was time for more wine tasting, so while driving down the main road, we found a turn-off with 10 caves (tasting cellars) so turned up the street, when we got to an intersection one of the Caves was Rosiers, so felt that was an oman and decided they would get our attention. We pulled up and there was a couple of Tour vans in the driveway so thought that this was good. When we pressed the door bell, an old guy came out and we asked if they are open, he said in french something about tour and we thought "great a tour", so we followed him down several flights of stairs into an underground cellar and there were 20 people doing wine tastings. We have crashed a wine tour with a group of South Carolinian's on a wine tasting tour having a private tasting. They were happy for us to join in and the winemaker was extracting wine straight from the Oak barrels for the tasting and talking about each wine before blending and the differences with the same grape on different parts of his vineyard. Truely one of those out of the box experiences you can't plan. The group finished their tasting with a wonderful 2009 red wine, which we where included with. After the group left the winemaker give us some whites to taste also which where fantastic so we did the right thing and purchased a bottle for our future travels.

Back in Lyon just a standard Friday night fantastic dinner, nice wine and a walk of the streets - what a life.

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