Tales of Burgundy 2018 Episode 3

When Thomas Jefferson embarked on his grand tour of France in 1787, he claimed the journey was for his health. A broken wrist sent him on a circuitous route, 1,200 miles south from Paris to take the mineral waters at Aix-en-Provence, and on the way he planned to fulfill his professional obligations as America's top envoy to France, researching French architecture, agriculture and engineering projects.But when he chose to begin his three-month journey in the vine-covered slopes of , Jefferson's daughter, Martha, became suspicious.
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Tales of Burgundy 2018 Episode 2

an old Danish bishop's saying to me that there are many ways to the recognition of truth, and that Burgundy was one of them.
-Isak Dineson
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Tales of Burgundy 2018 Episode I

Just back from four days in Burgundy tasting the gamut of pinot noirs, feasting on local delicacies often terminating with creamy epoisses while learning of the geological and political history of a region that was once the most powerful entity in Europe.
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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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