Your Bordeaux Travel To-Do List

FILED UNDER: Bordeaux events, Know Your Bordeaux

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Whether you’re a travel wanderlust in search of new experiences or a seasoned wine lover planning your dream wine vacation, a trip to the Bordeaux wine region offers so much more than just winery hopping and sipping (though that’s not too shabby either). Just like our wines, there are a range of diverse sights and activities hosted throughout the year. From old world to new school, here are a few highlights to add to your travel bucket list. 

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1. City of Bordeaux

The L.A. Times recently made the claim that Paris got its good looks from Bordeaux. They’re right. A UNESCO World Heritage City, Bordeaux was first settled in 300 BCE and passed through the hands of the Romans and boasts over 5000 unique buildings in the gothic-baroque style. Walk through the small, undiscovered streets of the city and be transported in time, cool off by the Miroir de Quais by the Place de la Bourse or people watch as you sip a glass of Bordeaux’s finest across the Grand Theater Opera House

2. Saint-Émilion Jazz Festival

This eclectic jazz festival in the historic town of Saint-Émilion brings music and wine lovers together for two days in July. This year’s festival happens July 19th and 20th. If you’re passionate about either, plan your trip around this great event.

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3. Arcachon and the Dune du Pilat

If beach vibes are what you’re looking for, the Bordeaux wine region has got you covered. Take a quick day trip (or a few) to Arcachon Bay, just a 45 minute drive or train ride away. You’ll find your necessary ocean respite along with fresh farmed oysters that famously pair with white Bordeaux. A must see along the way is the Dune de Pilat, Europe’s largest natural sand dune which stands at a height of 107m. Though there’s a bit of a trek to get to the top, you’ll have unparalleled 360 degree views of the ocean, bay and pine forests. 

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4. Medoc Marathon

When it comes to marathons, the Medoc Marathon beats any other race on fun factor by a few miles (pun intended!). Set against the country roads of the gorgeous Medoc wine region, this marathon boasts wine and cheese stations for runners to fuel up. Running doesn’t sound so bad any more, right? This year’s marathon takes place on September 13, 2014. 

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5. Saint-Émilion

It’s so nice we counted it twice. Saint-Émilion, named after the 8th century monk who first settled the region, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site with majestic limestone buildings that pulse with history. Dating back to prehistoric times, it’s hard not to leave this city without a lasting sense of wonder and amazement for the people who first settled it. 

6. Citadelle de Blaye

Built in the 1600′s, the Citadelle de Blaye is a large military complex along the Gironde River in the Blaye region of Bordeaux that still stands today. No surprise, it’s also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. King Louis XIV is responsible for the massive fort, meant to serve as the first line of defense for the city of Bordeaux. Today, you can spend an afternoon touring the 38 hectare fort which includes a castle, barracks and other ruins.

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7. Harvest in Bordeaux

Harvest is the most important time of the year for the Bordeais and the energy is palpable. While many Chateaux will halt visits to focus on the grapes, you can also contact individual chateaux and see if you might be able to lend a hand. Chateau Paloumey, for instance, offers tours that include a day of harvesting. The harvest touches the old city as well. When grape picking begins, the Three Graces fountain in Place de Bourse runs red. 

Image via Bordeaux Wine Festival

Image via Bordeaux Wine Festival

8. Bordeaux Wine Festival

Every two years, Bordeaux hosts the biggest wine party in the world. With over 2km of tasting booths along the Garrone River, the festival features wines from over 80 appellations including Bordeaux and the neighboring Aquitaine in addition to culinary delights from around the world. Other surrounding events include the Bordeaux Music Festival and wine country tours. You might have missed this year’s Fête but mark your calendars now for 2016!

Lobster Roll Redux [RECIPE]

FILED UNDER: Food and Wine Recipes

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We can’t wait for our favorite food bash of the season, Tasting Table’s Lobster Roll Rumble. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, get your tickets while they’re still available. Otherwise, check out our mod’s on Bon Appetit Magazine‘s classic Lobster Roll, grab a few bottles of white Bordeaux and host your own rumble at home. This Northeast favorite is easy and elevated!

Bon Appetit's Ultimate Lobster Roll
Serves 6
Warm, toasty, buttered rolls are key. If you can't find New England–style buns, trim 1/4-inch from both sides of standard hot dog buns to remove the crust and expose more surface area. If you're watching your waistline, the lobster is just as good on its own or wrapped in crisp, fresh leaves of Romaine.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 1 1/4-pound live lobsters
  2. 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  4. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  5. 2–3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  6. Freshly ground black pepper
  7. 6 New England–style split-top hot dog buns
  8. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Pour water into a large pot to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil and salt generously.
  2. Add lobsters, cover, and cook until bright red, 8–10 minutes. (BW Mod: If you have the grill growing, throw your lobster over after the boil for a quick hit of smoke.)
  3. Transfer lobsters to a rimmed baking sheet and let cool.
  4. Crack lobster shells, pick meat from tail and claws, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  5. Mix lobster, celery, lemon juice, chives, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper and add more mayonnaise, if desired. (BW Mod: Want to experiment? Try seasoning your lobster salad with herbs and spices of your choice or swap in another crunch vegetable like radish or carrots)
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. (BW Mod: You can also opt out of bread.)
  7. Spread flat sides of buns with butter.
  8. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side; fill with lobster mixture.
  9. DO AHEAD: Lobster meat can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Toss with remaining ingredients just before serving.
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Recommended white Bordeaux pairings? Try these 100% Sauvignon Blanc wines from Bordeaux! 

VerdillacVerdillac 2013

Classic Sauvignon Blanc, intense lemon and herb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SaintGlinGlinSaint-Glinglin 2013

Salty, lemon, rosemary, mouthwatering, fresh.

 

Cheese Pairings For Bastille Day & Beyond!

FILED UNDER: Buying & Choosing Wine, Food and Wine Recipes, Know Your Bordeaux

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Comté 

Comté cheeses are a French cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk, produced out of the Franch-Comté region of eastern France. With a dusty brown outer rind, the cheese itself is pale yellow in color, hard in consistency and strong and slightly sweet in taste. The Kitchn counts it as a worthy substitute for the more well known, Gruyêre. Comté is the most widely produced cheese out of France, so they must be doing something right! 

Try pairing this cheese with Château Chantegrive from Graves. Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, the round texture of this dry white will compliment the buttery goodness of a Comté.

Fourme d’Ambert

This popular French blue cheese dates back to the Roman times and is considered one of France’s oldest cheese. You can find it in a distinct, narrow container. With interesting aromas of fruit and nut, Fourme d’Ambert is a milder blue cheese for those averse to stink. 

We suggest experimenting with a Sauternes or try an inexpensive red like Château Bellevue 2011 from Bordeaux Superieur. 

Camembert

Camembert is from the Normandy region of France and widely available in most supermarkets. This cheese is best at maximum ripeness meaning not too young (hard & dry) and not too old (yellow & runny). This creamy cheese has a rich, buttery flavor that’s best paired with a light red. And, you can eat the rind. 

Château Les Paris 2011 is an affordable wine pairing for this cheese thanks to it’s light and fruity blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Franc. 

 

What’s In Store For Bordeaux Matchmaking? [EVENTS]

FILED UNDER: Bordeaux events, Know Your Bordeaux

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In the first half of the year, we hosted our signature experience, Bordeaux Matchmaking, in New York and Los Angeles.

For those unfamiliar with the event, the concept is simple. We want to help new and seasoned wine drinkers discover the Bordeaux that’s fit for their palate. With our range of wines, bold reds to crisp whites and even bubbly, there is literally something for everyone. 

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Prior to the event, attendees register online and fill out a brief survey about their wine drinking preferences from taste to aroma and grape variety. Once at the party, attendees are given unique tasting tickets direct them to a wine educator ready to serve a range of Bordeaux wines, customized to fit their palate. 

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But the fun doesn’t stop their, partygoers can also indulge in a ton of food, photo boothing, trivia, dancing and the occasional magic trick!

14520909695_fb898af332_zIn the year ahead, we’re planning Bordeaux Matchmaking events in Miami and San Francisco. If you’re interested in attending this (free!!) event, get a head start! Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to hear about the next party. Until then, head to our Flickr page for more pics from our New York and LA events. 

Celebrate Bastille Day With Bordeaux Wines!

FILED UNDER: Art of Living, Bordeaux events

Bastille Day

 

Bordeaux is Ready for Bastille Day. Are you? 

French Independence Day is around the corner, find a celebration near you!

We may celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July, but for Bordeaux and the rest of France, their celebration of liberty comes on the 14th, better known as Bastille Day. For wine fans, (and fans of fun) it’s a date not to be missed. A quick Google search will show you the local bars and restaurants where you should head to take part in some flavorful French culture. Hit up a summer fête and see how those in Bordeaux rejoice on the biggest day of their year. With everything from pétanque to pastries, you’ll drink in the culture and, of course, enjoy some great cheese and wine. 

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Already planning a Bastille Day soirée? Post your pics on social media with the hashtag #BordeauxLife for a chance to win one of our limited edition Yoleaux shirts!* (While supplies last). So get out and enjoy this weekend, but before you go, brush up on white Bordeaux and learn all you need to know on what’s cool to drink this summer.

*Must be over 21 and a US resident.