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Fete de la Fleur 2011: Chateau Lascombes

  “Does Robert Parker still have influence?” was the topic of conversation at “Fête de la Fleur,” held on the 23rd June at Château Lascombes in Margaux. It was a gorgeous evening, though a bit on the chilly side — ladies in lovely long, strapless dresses during the three hour cocktail reception kept saying “tres froid!” […]


Chateau Smith Haut Lafite at Les 5

Very fun and social event today at the glorious BPSO (Banque Populaire du Sud Ouest) where Smith Haut Lafite and other wineries got together to taste the last three vintages (2010, 2009, 2008). Tout La Monde was there to comment on the newer vintages and also taste some classic wines in this fabulous space overlooking […]


Les Feux de la Saint-Jean 2011

  Chateau Phelan Segur in Saint-Estephe hosted a fabulous Les Feux de la Saint-Jean, which traditionally celebrated the beginning of summer and harvests. In the past, a large fire was lighted in each village. People danced around the fire with the goal of joy, celebration, and protection for the years to come. In 1997, the […]


Master Class: des Crus Classes de Sauternes & Barsac

. So what fun to attend the special VinExpo “Master Class” on pairing Sauternes with Chinese food. I was very excited to attend for two key reasons: First, I won an AXA scholarship for my ideas on the subject, and second, a benefit of the scholarship was a day at AXA property Chateau Suduiraut picking […]


The Douro Boys at Pichon-Longueville

  Fun party at Pichon-Longueville on Monday June 20, to coincide with the many international guests at Vinexpo in Bordeaux. The 27 producers of Douro Wines set up tables in the vat room of this storybook chateau to showcase the wines of the region. They included: Churchill’s, Quinta de Cottas, Quinta do Crasto, Duorum, Durham-Agrellos, […]


Fete at Chateau Kirwan

A fabulous fete at Chateau Kirwan to pair classic vintages with the cuisine of Chef Philippe Arrambide from the Pyrenees Michelin star restaurant in Saint Jean Pied de Port. After a gorgeous outdoor reception we sat to dinner – I was quite honored to have Sophie Schyler-Thierry, Director of Marketing and Communication, at my table. […]


VineExpo: Press Dinner at Haut-Brion Grand Cru Classics en 1855 Medoc et Sauternes

    Fabulous opening dinner at Haut-Brion last night for the press … Haut-Brion was the host Chateaux, with each table hosted by the members of the Grand Cru Classes de 1855 of Medoc and Sauternes. My hosts that night were Gonzague Lurton and his wife Clare of Chateau Dufort Vivens, Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal, and Chateau […]


Brane-Cantenac & Soprano Elizabeth Vidal: Perfect Pairings

Fabulous event at chateau Brane-Cantenac (second growth) in Margaux. One of the most  fabulous things about Vinexpo in Bordeaux is that the Chateaux put on some very creative and fun events. Here, owner/winemaker Henri Lurton (enjoying the concert in the picture above( hosted a musical evening with the famous opera singer Elizabeth Vidal. So why […]