A Bit of Beaune

Located in the heart of France’s Cote d’Or,  Beaune is an ideal spot from which to visit the wineries that produce some of the world’s most famous wines such as Gevrey-Chambertin, Meursault and Romanée-Conti
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Beautiful Burgundy

I’d been waiting for an opportunity to visit Beaune and especially the Hostellerie de Levernois, so when a room became available on July 4th I grabbed it. I knew we were getting close when the beautiful white Charolais cows could be seen sitting under shady trees.

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Burgundy Beckons


It had been an unusually late spring and the vendange (harvest) at many wineries had been delayed a few days so on this cool fall day I played tourist. My first stop was the Ferme Fruirouge inthe hameau de Concoeur, home to 100 persons and 40 houses.

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Delightful Day in Dijon

 When Americans hear Dijon they almost always think of GREY POUPON mustard, the first challenger to French’s to achieve success in the states.  But there is much more to this home of the Ducs de Bourgogne who ruled this vast and wealthy territory in the 14th and 15th centuries.
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Joigny-La Cote Saint-Jacques

M had lubed the car, filled the tank and we were off on a gentle two-hour drive to Joigny, along the banks of the Yonne in Northern Burgundy (a 1 hour and 15 minute train ride from Paris (Bercy) was another option.)
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La Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin

Ever since its creation in 1934, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin has set itself the task of promoting Burgundy, notably its wines and cuisine, preserving and reviving its traditional festivals, folklore and customs, and encouraging the development of tourism in the region.

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Chateau de Vault de Lugny/ Burgundy

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Private Chateaux in Burgundy

For me chateaux evokes visions of the Val de Loire-Chenonceau, Chambord and the grand crus of Bordeaux-Chateau Mouton Roschild, Chateau Haut-Brion, to name but a few.

I can now add Burgundy to the memories triggered by the word. On this trip I discovered the Chateau de Germolles and the Chateau Couches, both of which are in loving, private hands.

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