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All Posts from August, 2009

Lavinia Winestore, Madrid

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After having spent some time in Madrid visiting museums and eating tapas, I was on my own for 2 days and had to find a meaningful occupation for myself. Since I already got my dose of art and architecture, I decided to become hedonistic and locate my favorite wine shop Lavinia which I already thoroughly inspected in Paris (they now have shops in Barcelona and Geneva also). Of course, I expected the Madrid mothership to also have a specimen of my favorite toy and I wasn’t disappointed. In the end I spent nearly 3 hours in the store, sipping what “the machine” had to offer. Here are my notes.

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2007 Predicador Blanco, Rioja, Benjamin Romeo. A white cuvée made of Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia and Viura. Weird nose to me: rather floral but reminding cidre and furniture polish at the same time. A bit stinging on the palate, rather high acidity, some wax, slightly alcoholic, a little salty in the finish and a very good length. This is a totally untypical wine to me but I would also agree with you if you think my notes are a bit untypical too. Read the rest of this entry »

San Sebastian

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Food and San Sebastian are nearly synonymous words. One cannot get into one of the numerous bars of the old town without being confronted to huge amounts of delicious Pintxos (Basque word for Tapas) which are displayed on the counter, ready for being picked and eaten.

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I seized the opportunity for trying one or 2 things I’ve never had befor like those angulas or baby eels. They actually don’t really taste like fish, rather like slightly sweet seafood. But most importantly they are pretty delicious Read the rest of this entry »

Auberge du Pas de Vent in Pouillon, Pays Basque

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Inspiration for this lunch stop on our way from Bordeaux to San Sebastian came from French Restaurant Blog Simon Says. I read this page a few months ago and when the time for planning our road trip came, it found its way back into my mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Le Bô Bar Wine Bar in Bordeaux

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When we reached our waypoint in Bordeaux, what other thing could come into my mind but wine? It was too late though for a chateaux visit that day, and since we haven’t done any research on the city prior our arrival either we just strived through the streets of Bordeaux, admiring the buildings whilst keeping an eye open for a nice wine bar at the same time.
And we were lucky. On the small square Place Saint-Pierre we came across the “Bô Bar” which was packed with happy people and instantly looked tempting. One tiny table was left and we quickly seized our chance. First we had to order some food of course and the friendly waitress quickly brought us a nice ham and paté platter which was delicious but of course, here it is all about the wine.
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Excellent Dinner and Wines in the French Countryside

Not only has the Mayenne region an incredibly beautiful landscape of green pasture and small hills, its people also know what true hospitality is and they make their guests wish they would stay longer.
How lucky did we feel on the first stop of our road trip through Europe when our friend Antoine and his wife Azuka received us with a delicious dinner and lots of good wines. Among those was also a really incredible sweet wine discovery for me. Luckily I didn’t lose the notes I’ve taken that night and am now able to report a bit. But first of all, thank you for the warm welcome and copious dinner.

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After we quenched our thirst with excellent Champagne (Pol Roger was it?) – which also reinvigorated us after 2 hours of traffic jam around Paris – we were amazed to find out we would have freshly seared Foie Gras as a starter, plus an incredibly perfect wine match . Read the rest of this entry »

Back On!

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Reims Cathedral as an appetizer …

I just came back from a very enjoyable road trip that took us through France, Spain and Southern Germany and after several weeks of internet abstinence I am happy to slowly go through all the fellow blogger posts I missed during that time. Read the rest of this entry »

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