That’s Amore| Seattle’s Wood Fire Pizza Scene

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

That’s Amore | Seattle’s Wood Fire Pizza Scene

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In Seattle, where there’s wood, there’s fire. Wood fired pizza, to be exact. The wood fired pizza scene scorches a wide swath through the Jet City, fueled in part by a raft of local craft breweries, artisan cider houses, and boutique wineries. Read more at Foodable TV….

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TASTE Vacations| Basque Country & Rioja ES

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

TASTE Vacations: Basque Country and Rioja| Spain

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Welcome, dear readers…As promised,  I have a travel update for you.

Last November I told you about my travels to Paso Robles, CA. for the Wine Tourism Conference to learn more about the TASTE Vacations luxury wine tours affiliate program.

As an affiliate, I get to share upcoming wine tours with you.

Well, that day has arrived.

 Out of respect to you, dear readers,  I’ve decided to highlight only those wine region(s) and wine tour guides I know personally.

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  TASTE Vacations Basque Country and Rioja | Spain

 A truly great tour guide offers a seamless introduction to another culture, combining  fact and folly to make the trip not just enjoyable, but memorable. And if you get a tour guide conversant not only in the country’s language(s), but its nuances –  well, then folks, you have yourself a keeper.

Jenny Siddall of TASTE Vacations Basque Country and Rioja | Spain tour is a keeper. I first met Jenny at a non-TASTE Vacations affiliated wine tasting class in San Sebastian, Spain in 2012 (that’s her arm pouring in the left-hand picture above.)

What can I say? This tri-lingual Brit expat knows her Rioja. And her bubbles. And the Spanish culture, a culture she’s embraced as her own.  A culture centered around food, wine and friendship. Combine the tour with breathtaking geography, delightful weather, plus up-close and personal encounters with local bodegas, artisan vendors, and cooking classes…well, you may not want to come home. I know I didn’t.

The good news: The next TASTE Vacation Basque Country & Rioja | Spain tour with Jenny Siddall departs July 12-17 2015. 

The tour includes the option for private tours, and a choice between classic or luxury accommodations.

Details here.

The bad news: Only one TASTE Vacation Basque Country & Rioja | Spain tour currently scheduled in 2015.

Get on it! Register here.

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TASTE Vacations currently offers no tours to Burgundy, so if you are hankering for a visit to the Center of the Universe, please feel free to shoot me an email @ binnotes@gmail.com, tweet me @binNotes, or feel free to leave a comment below – I’m happy to give you my personal recommendations.

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WU@binNotes? | FWT

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

What’s Up @binNotes? | FWT

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What’s up @ binNotes?  Well, binNotes | a wine blog has evolved into binNotes | a food, wine and travel blog.

binNotes’ ‘occasional forays into food and travel’ move front and center with my role as a contributor to Foodable TV, and as an affiliate with TASTE Vacations.

binNotes’ irrational love affair with Burgundy – and France – continues with my ongoing contributions to The Good Life France.

And binNotes’ Red Thread ™ wine maker interview series  kicks off April, with my exclusive ‘Napa Narrative.’

As always, I’ll update you here on additional food, wine and travel  projects as they arise.

Finally, thanks for your readership – it means a lot sharing the journey with you all.

Santé!

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Umami Tsunami | Exploring the Fifth Flavor in Seattle

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Umami Tsunami | Exploring the Fifth Flavor in Seattle

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Umami

You know the five fundamental flavors, don’t you? Sweet, salty, sour, bitter…and umami.  The Japanese term umami, loosely translated, means ‘satisfying, savory taste.’  Read more at FoodableTV….

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Note: The ‘regular’ Stoneburner White Anchovy Pizza mentioned does not contain mushrooms. 

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HSTPD & TGLF!

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya…

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…and the rest of the day to you! Sláinte , all!

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Bonus:

You can check out my most recent feature in The Good Life France on the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges wine auction here.

 

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Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction | Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction  | Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

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In the shadow of Burgundy’s mega-watt Hospices de Beaune lies an alternative wine auction – the annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Held each March, the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges makes up for in attitude what it lacks in media attention. This year, the 54th Annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges takes place March 14th & 15th, 2015. Activities include a fitness-friendly semi-marathon, luxury chocolate festival, exclusive tastings and dinners, and a wine auction at Château du Clos de Vougeot. Proceeds benefit Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges and the ELA Foundation.

Every year, wine aficionados travel from throughout France, Europe and the United States to the Cote d’Or for a chance to wave their paddles over more than 100 barrels of premier and villages cuvées. While most proceeds fund the hospital, one barrel benefits a designated charity. Bidders employ the expertise of local negotiants to steward them through the process, from tasting, to auction, to élevage -  the ‘raising up of the wine’ to final aging, bottling, unique auction labeling and shipping.

Each barrel roughly equals three hundred bottles, or approximately twenty-five cases of wine, important facts to consider when working out the logistics for final delivery of the finished wine. 

Founded in 1270 by the sisters if Hotel-Dieu in Beaune, Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges moved to its current site in 1633; remnants of the original structure remain. Originally built to care for lepers, over the years the hospital expanded to aid soldiers, respiratory patients and others in need. Currently, the 132-bed public health facility caters primarily to the elderly.

Throughout its benevolent history, grateful locals have donated to the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges. The estate today comprises 12.4 hectares, including choice parcels from within the wine communes of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Primeaux-Prissey, Vosne-Romanée, and Gevrey-Chambertin. Planted mostly to pinot noir, the estate does include a few acres of chardonnay used to craft a small amount of premier cru white.

Moreover, the addition of an updated cuverie in 2002 ensures enhanced productivity methods and increased quality levels.

It’s no secret that as the price of Burgundy soars, more and more wine collectors consider Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges an attractive alternative to the pricier Hospices de Beaune wine auction. All the more reason to enjoy the fun – and wine – while Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges remains relatively obscure!

For more information: www.hospicesdenuits.com

The 54th Hospices Nuits-Saint-Georges wine auction happens March 14-15, 2015.

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Caffeinated in Seattle | The 5 Coffee Houses Consumers Can’t Get Enough Of

 

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Caffeinated in Seattle |  Foodable TV 

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Here’s my latest contribution to FoodableTV:

Foodable TV

“Seattleites love their coffee houses. Next to fleece, coffee proves the coziest way to cope with Seattle’s infamous drizzle. These fabulous five coffee houses brew up more than just comfort, caffeine and free wi-fi to loyal locals – they serve up community, each as unique as their respective neighborhoods…”Read more on  FoodableTV.

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