A Tour of Burgundy, Part 1 | Not to Late to Join Us May 20th!

Have a Thirst for Burgundy?

It’s not too late to join The French Winophiles¬†for a Virtual Tour of Burgundy¬†on May 20th 2017 at 10 a CST!

For those unfamiliar with the program, The #Winophiles are a group of wine writers and bloggers that love French wine. Each month we focus on an area or aspect of French wine, with topics ranging from regions, routes, food, travel, and history, to profiles and tastings…we expand widely and seek to learn.

Burgundy is the focus of the May and June 2017 #Winophile program.

Please join us¬†May 20th as we taste through Chablis and the fabled Cote d’Or¬†from 10-11 a CST via Twitter¬†using hashtag:¬†#Winophile.

Here’s our May 20th Burgundy Tour Guide for your perusal:

Jeff Burrows of foodwineclick¬†lures us to “Northern Burgundy Served Up With Rabbit.”

Jill Barth of L’Occasion¬†schools us on “Thomas Jefferson in Burgundy.”

Michelle Williams of Rockin Red Blog¬†tipples¬†towards “A Journey Through Burgundy, Part 1 Chablis and C√īte d‚ÄôOr.”

Lynn Gowdy of Savor the Harvest¬†hosts “Saint-Aubin in Burgundy Invites You To Dine.”

Martin Redmond of Enofylz Wine Blog¬† throws down “Back to Back White Burgundy: Chablis vs. C√īte” d’Or.”

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley of Art Predator serves up ¬†“Chablis and the Sea.”

L.M. Archer of binnotes¬†mulls over “Burgundy: Wines of Intention.”

…and Jane¬†Niemeyer of Always Ravenous¬†ladles up “White Burgundy paired with Corn Soup.”

 

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See you on Twitter this Saturday morning, May 20th  at 10:00am central (time conversion here). Your invitation is the hashtag #Winophiles. 

And don’t forget….#ChardonnayDay is May 25th. Here’s a link to the press release.

Santé!

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TGLF | Chardonnay Day Burgundy

TGLF | Chardonnay Day Burgundy

 

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

The Good Life France | Chardonnay Day Burgundy

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 My most recent contribution to The Good Life France:

Did you know that May 21st is Chardonnay Day in the Bourgogne (Burgundy)? Now an international event, Chardonnay Day celebrates all things Chardonnay. And while the event got its start six years ago via social media in California, the history of the Chardonnay varietal starts in the Burgundy wine region. Read more

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

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 Рthe 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 Ch√Ęteau 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‚ÄôOr for a chance to wave their paddles over more than 100 barrels of premier and villages cuv√©es. 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 √©levage¬† the ‚Äėraising up of the wine‚Äô 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 Рand wine Рwhile 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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‘A Year in Champagne’ | The Movie

‘A Year in Champagne’ | The Movie

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 by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

‘A Year in Champagne’ ¬†| The Movie

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“An indulgence. A celebration. A seduction. A triumph. This is the essence of Champagne, isn‚Äôt it?” – A Year in Champagne

Who doesn’t love bubbles?

This¬†weekend, binNotes attends an exclusive showing of ‘A Year in Champagne‘ a movie from the same fine folks who brought you the acclaimed film¬†‘A Year in Burgundy.’

Join in the fun Рfollow along on Instagram for a real-time review of the event and tweet your favorite bubbles to @binNotes!

Hey Seattleites:

A special Seattle SIFF screening of ‘A Year in Champagne’ happens¬†3/9/15, 7:00 PM, SIFF Center Cinema. Learn more here¬†.

'A Year in Champagne'  is a film that captures the essence of the world's most seductive wine region.
‘A Year in Champagne’ | A film about¬†seduction.

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TGLF | Saint Vincent Tournante Wine Festival

TGLF | Saint Vincent Tournante Wine Festival

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by. L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

 binNotes latest feature in The Good Life France is out!

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Greeting, dear readers! You can read my latest feature on Burgundy’s St. Vincent Tournant in The Good Life France here.

TheGoodLifeFrance.com
TheGoodLifeFrance.com

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SVT | Burgundy’s OTHER Famous Wine Festival

SVT | Burgundy’s OTHER Famous Wine Festival

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“Jamais en vain, toujours en vin.” (“Never in vain, always in wine.’)
-Motto of Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin

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You may know¬†about Burgundy’s annual Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction held each November. Maybe¬†even about the entire Trois Glorieuses, of which the auction is a part.¬†But did you know about¬†Burgundy’s OTHER¬†famous wine festival – the¬†St. Vincent Tournante?

Celebrated in late January each year, the festival honors the January 22nd feast day of St. Vincent, patron saint of wine.

Originally organized¬†by¬†medieval wine guilds¬†under the Church’s aegis,¬†the event eventually fell into obscurity. However, during the 1930’s, the¬†Confr√©rie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, or Brotherhood of the Knights of the Tastevin,¬†revived the festival as a means of attracting¬†attention to Burgundy¬†and its wines.

It worked. Today, the event draws thousands of visitors to a carefully choreographed collaboration between the Confrérie, the Church, and local winemaking mutual aid societies. These brotherhoods offer assistance to local vignerons in times of need.

St. Vincent Tournante¬†‘revolves’ from village to village each year. While the hosting town varies, the ritual remains fixed: a sunrise procession led by the Confr√©rie des Chevaliers du¬†Tastevin, each brotherhood carrying banners and carved effigies¬†to the Graves of the Fallen (originally honoring those fallen in¬†World War I), then on to Mass, followed by a roast pig dinner¬†and¬†ceremony.

In 2015, Gilly-les-Citeaux | Vouget hosts¬†‘The Way of the Monks’ St. Vincent Tournante, marking¬†900 years of Cistercian wine making tradition in Burgundy¬†with a walk from the castle of Gilly-les-Citeaux to the Cistercian Abbey of Clos de Vougeot.

Burgundy¬†owes much to¬†these industrious holy men.¬†The¬†monks considered wine making a spiritual¬†endeavor, seeking to reveal God’s voice through soil, fruit, and wine – deeming pinot noir the most expressive conduit.

The Cistercians¬†not only cleared the lands of Clos de Vougeot and other areas¬†in Burgundy, but also tended the vineyards, erected stone fences (clos), and¬†maintained meticulous records. Their¬†records proved¬†the bedrock to¬†Burgundy’s codification of lieu¬†dits¬†and¬†climats, as well as the inspiration for the more¬†intangible concept of ¬†terroir.

It’s no miracle that the monks of Clos de Vougeot turned Burgundy’s limestone into sublime wines.¬†Passion, hard work, and a desire to give voice to the land – these traditions continue today. ¬†St. Vincent Tournante offers a¬†rare¬†opportunity¬†to share in this unique spirit of Burgundy.

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Happy Holidays | Feliz Navidad | Joyeux Noel |

Happy Holidays | Feliz Navidad | Joyeux Noel |

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by. L.M. Archer,  FWS | Bourgogne ML

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Greetings, dear readers worldwide!

A heartfelt thanks¬†to¬†all of the incredible¬†wine makers and industry professionals who shared their stories with binNotes¬© | Red Thread‚ĄĘ in¬†2014:

binNotes takes a break to spend time with family through the holidays.

Join me back here after January 5,¬†2015¬†for more of The Red Thread‚ĄĘ.

Santé!

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