halfway around the world.

Hello there, darling readers!! At the end of this month, Jules and I will head off to stay at this renovated moulin in the Southwest of France, in the Dordogne.  Life is rough, isn’t it?  The property is laden with fig trees, and it is set in a tiny town outside of Bergerac (a town which you […]

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postcard from france: Château Bélingard (Monbazillac)

Here is one of my favorite shots from Château Bélingard, owner of one of the biggest vineyards in Monbazillac.  Sitting here in San Francisco on a sunny Friday afternoon, I can’t help but let my mind wander to just a couple of months ago when I spent two weeks worth of lazy afternoons gallivanting around the […]

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travel photos: the heart of bordeaux.

When we booked our tickets to Bordeaux, I had no idea what to expect.  I think I half-expected them to land a small plane in the middle of the vines, because Bordeaux is known first and foremost as “wine country”, and if you’ve ever been to the Napa airport, you know what I mean.  But […]

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red, red (premier cru classé) wine.

It’s amazing to me that I worked in the wine business for four years before actually ever making it to France.  In fact, it took me awhile to even really like French wine, as all I ever really grew up with were wines from Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills (thanks to my Aunt who lived […]

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my first real french market day.

 By now I’m sure you have figured out that farmer’s markets are one of my favorite things in the entire universe.  In France, a farmer’s market is part of one’s daily life in the big city and in the small country villages (not just a fun thing to do on a Saturday morning!).  These markets have […]

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