Pairing Wine With My Life's Adventure

REINVENTION: Quit my job in IT, sold my house and moved from Cal to NYC for sommelier classes. GETTING MY HANDS DIRTY: Moved to Napa and worked in a vineyard making wine. TRAVEL: Through France and Italy on a wine scavenger hunt. Sto cambiando la mia vita e desidero imparare circa vino. Je change ma vie et je veux me renseigner sur le vin. TRY TO GET SERIOUS: Living in New York for 4 years and working as a Sommelier. NEW GOALS: Do my own thing, find love, speak Spanish, live wine.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Cote de Nuit

Ok, seriously people walk around France with baguettes all the time. Just tried to make it on my own (without CoCo, she's going back to Paris today) and pay for parking, as well as get a coffee... not good. Made my way back to the cyber wine bar, where English (and macintosh) is spoken, and I'm having a glass of Meursault at 10:51am. In Beaune to run a few errands before taking her to the train station and cover more points north of here. Need water and coffee though.

Burgundy is made up of 5 different regions, from north to south: Chablis, Cote d'Or (Cote de Niut and Cote de Beaune), Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Beaujolais. I have done well covering both Nuit and Beaune, I'll hit more points north of Gevrey-Chambertin (we made it up there yesterday) when I drive CoCo to the gare. We visited the Musee de Beaune and Hospices de Beaune/Hotel-Dieu (built in 1443), and had a 3-hour visit/tour/tasting with Laurent Pillot in Chassagne-Montrachet. Awesome. Corinne Guillemard-Cleric is the owner and winemaker of the domain/b&b I'm staying at,, She and her wines are lovely. We also toured her production facility after tasting. Then dinner in corpeau just north of chagny - scallops, yum. Tired of food, we cancelled a lunch table d'hote at Olivier Leflaive's (3 places that do the lunch/tasting thing in Burgundy) to visit all of the major communes of Nuit. Will visit highly-regarded Leflaive before I leave.

Met a couple from the OC (wife said Napa was tacky) and another couple from Boise. Funny, then met an 80-year old man, Daniel, near the b&b this morning as he was planting potatoes (how do you spell that?).


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