October Newsletter-The most expensive bottle never sold

The most expensive bottles of wine ever sold…..or not! One the most expensive bottles of wine ever to be to be sold at $156,000 was from Bordeaux, a Chateau Lafitte from1787 with the initials “Th.J”“engraved on it.  These initials matched the name of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, and Ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson lived in France from 1784 to 1789 where he developed a love for French wine.  His diaries show his interest in wine and viticulture and he traveled to several of the major wine regions in France.  It is speculated that he […]

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Bonne Cuvée Wine Tours in the Loire Valley!           We have been delighted with all your requests and thank you for your patience while we prepared every detail of our next Bonne Cuvée Wine Tour and we are happy to let you know registration is now open! Our tour begins in Paris, the City of Lights, and settle in the heart of the Loire Valley in the city of Tours, surrounded by the wine regions of Vouvray and Sancerre (known white wines) and Chinon and Bourgueil (mostly red wines). We will visit vineyards, where we will […]

An Easy Guide to Understanding the Basics of Wine Tasting

Here’s a quote from an expert describing a wine as, “a core that’s as soft as molten chocolate and yet a frame that’s structured as a New Yorker skyscraper”.  Wow!! The questions are how long does one have to study wine to produce such a complex evaluation and does it make any sense to 99% of people who appreciate a decent glass of wine? As a university teacher for over three decades, my role has been to breakdown complex topics into understandable blocks of knowledge that can be stacked so that in the end the learner has a better understanding […]

History and Wine: The Loire River Valley

The Loire River should hold a special place for New Orleanians, as our city is named after the city of Orleans, France, notably located at the point where this river makes its turn toward the west as it flows to the Atlantic Ocean.  For wine lovers, the Loire Valley is an important region producing an array of wines using some of the most famous and popular grape varietals.  This is an area with a rich history, known for Joan of Arc, the 100 year war, and Leonardo da Vinci’s final resting place.  As the seat of French royalty, before the […]

Bordeaux Wines

The Bordeaux wine region in France is one of best known of all world wine regions evoking an aura of class, quality, and longevity.  However, this is a region with a fascinating history and the ancestral home of grape varieties that are grown all over the world.  Grapevines here are reputed to have been planted by ancient Roman invaders but it was in the 12th century that the region became really well known.  The marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine (the old name of the region that includes Bordeaux) to Henry of England (who became King Henry II) in 1154 A.D. […]

Six Tips to Help you Book the Best Flight Possible

This is probably the most nerve wracking step to take when planning your trip abroad. There are so many sites, so many options, that most people get confused and overwhelmed. Let’s simplify this process so you can get the best deal and the best experience. Simplify your task by cutting it down to easy steps. 1) Find the right place to book. When I book any flight, I have some favorite sites: kayak.com ; googleflights.com; expedia.com There is also a new site that is fun to use and gives you unusual routes: rio2rome.com Don’t discount using the direct airline site such […]