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Seasons!: Fall in Lyon

It seems that while we were in Spain last week, Lyon changed seasons for real. Remember when I was talking about fall in September? It turns out that was just a preview for the real deal. 144 more words

M. Chapoutier, Saint-Joseph Les Granits Rouge 2004

Ruby.  Hint of barrel tones, like some lavender essence and vanilla dotting the sauce. Textural for ’04, where liqueur-like intensity, sweetness and viscosity meet a dark and rising tide of carnal flavors and peat-like smokiness.   10 more words

Rhône

Three sure bets

Côtes du Rhône VillagesValréas 2010, Clos Bellane ($26.25, private import, 12 bottles/case)
A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah from biodynamically and organically farmed vines more than a quarter century old and rooted in clay and limestone. 449 more words

Tasting Notes

Mas de Boislauzon La Chaussynette 2015, Rhone, Vin de France

A reasonably priced number that hails from France, the Rhone Valley to be more precise.  It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre typical for the region.   203 more words

Wine

Rhone, Champagne and Burgundy - Day 2

Arras to Lyon

Sunday was a cold and windy day in Arras and there was a long journey ahead. Lyon is 666 km away but it is warmer there and the sun would be shinning. 397 more words

Travel

England & France

September 2017

On a Monday morning in September we handed the keys of the flat to our landlord. ‘I’ve cycled in Vietnam in the early 90s’, he said.‘It was the hardest and the most rewarding thing I have ever done.’ Then he snapped a picture of us and waved goodbye while we set off with all our remaining belongings stuffed in six panniers. 1,696 more words

Touring