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Touring Veuve Ambal – Crémant de Bourgogne

April 12, 2015

Veuve Ambal Crémant de Bourgogne The Maison Veuve Ambal was founded in the heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region. Following the death of her husband a successful and prominent Parisian banker, Marie Ambal returned to her native Rully, a small village in the heart of Burgundy. Around this time saw the beginnings of the Champagne method, Marie taking an interest in this created her own Maison in 1898. Marie, produced both red and white high-quality champagne-method sparkling wines. Following her death in 1929, her grandson Charles Roux-Ambal took over the business, he was barely twenty years old. Charles spent sixty years at the helm of the…

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A Traditional Burgundian Lunch

March 29, 2015

The tiny picturesque village of Aloxe-Corton lies midway between the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. It is the only appellation which has Grands Crus in both red and white. Hidden in the village of Aloxe-Corton you find the Domaine Comte Senard. In 1857, Jules Senard, great-grandfather of the current owner created the original “Corton Clos Des Meix” vineyard. Covering a surface of six acres, the vineyard has been a monopole ever since. A monopole refers to a vineyard under exclusive control of one owner. On arrival at the estate we were warmly welcomed by Emilie our guide and professional sommelier. We…

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Exploring the Vineyards of Burgundy

March 22, 2015

Situated in the heart of prestigious vineyards, like Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, La Romanée-Conti, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin, you will find the town of Beaune, only 45km from Dijon and the focal point for wine tourism in the Burgundy area. Arriving in Beaune our guide for the day Fabien met us off the train to begin our full day guided tour of the Route des Grands Crus. From Dijon all the way to the wine village of Santenay the “Route des Grands Crus” takes you through the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune. Fabien our guide, the son and grandson of…

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My Travel Adventures 2014 – Part 5

March 1, 2015

Our last trip of 2014 was in October when we travelled to Dijon in Eastern France after spending the day in Paris. Dijon is in the Burgundy region of France, the world-famous wine growing region, notable vineyards, such as Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin, are found nearby and the road from Santenay to Dijon is known as the “route des Grands Crus”, where eight of the world’s top ten most expensive wines are produced. The city of Dijon is of course also well-known for its famous mustard, Dijon mustard first originated here in 1856. We spent a few days based in Dijon, having a…

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My Travel Adventures 2014 – Part 4

January 11, 2015

Part 4 of my travel adventures in 2014 October – Paris & Dijon, France In October we travelled to France a country I have visited frequently in recent years. Although I have visited Paris before this was my first time back in Paris for many years so I was quite excited to experience it all again. Paris is one of my favourite cities, it holds a special place in my heart as it was the first place I visited outside of the UK and you could say my love of travel and experiencing different cultures began right here in Paris. We…

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My Travel Adventures – 2014 Part 3

January 3, 2015

Part 3 of my travel adventures in 2014 August- The Highlands of Scotland Crossing the Skye bridge over to Kyle of Lochalsh we travelled on to Plockton the very pretty village on the shores of Loch Carron. An idyllic place it is a haven for tourists and artists. Plockton was mainly a fishing and crofting village and while the village is no longer dependent on this, the sea still plays an important role, with many local people owning a boat. Plockton at low tide The famous Palm Tree’s. The village faces east, away from the prevailing winds, which together with the North Atlantic…

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