Affordable Burgundy + Beyond Sidebars| Gothenburg + Paris

Hi Dear Readers:

I’m still en route to Hospices de Beaune 2017 wine auction in Burgundy, with sidebars to Gothenburg, Sweden to conduct interviews for a forthcoming article I’m doing on Swedish sommeliers, and to Paris for research on a pending project.

Please enjoy these photos of travels to date – you can follow my entire tour on Instagram or Twitter @binnotes.

As always, great to hear from you in the ‘Comments’ section below and on social media – cheers!

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On the Road Again…

On the Road Again…

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™

Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers.

by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML

binNotes | Red Thread™ is on the road again crafting bespoke interviews with artisan wine maker and culinary luminaries worldwide.

Here’s a peek at my recent trip to Napa for the CANVAS (Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma) unveiling of their new consumer website


Spoiler alert: I’m a guest contributor – including my recent interview with Patz & Hall wine maker James Hall.

So many cool features on this site, including virtual tours of wineries, hotels, resorts, vineyards – plus a build-your-own-itinerary sharable on social media.

I encourage you to give it a test-drive.

Warning: Pairs well over a glass of wine….highly addictive!

Kudos to Colby Smith, tireless Queen of CANVAS, for the opportunity to collaborate with this amazing community of “professional recommenders.”


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hope you enjoy it with the ones you love, celebrating over a pour you love.

See you back here in 2016!

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Pacific NW Island Chefs Creative Solutions for Winter Sourcing Issues

Pacific NW Island Chefs Creative Solutions for Winter Sourcing Issues

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Pacific Northwest Island Chefs Creative Solutions to Winter Sourcing Issues

Contributor: L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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Ever visit a Pacific NW island inn? In winter?

This one’s anyone curious about how those islander chefs work their magic throughout winter’s scarcity…

Pacific NW Island Chefs Creative Solutions to Winter Sourcing Issues

No man is an island. But when cursed with winter culinary sourcing challenges, isolated island restaurants endure a true test of faith. Yet up and down the Pacific Northwest coastline, creative chefs conjure up a host of inventive solutions to stave off seasonal stove-side shortages. Read More.

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Nous sommes tous Paris

Nous sommes tous Paris

Today binNotes gets personal.

If you’re reading this, it’s because either you weren’t in Paris on 13 nov 2015 – or you were, and survived.

I’m among the latter.

You’ve heard about the carnage that night, but you may not know about the evacuation of Gare Lyon earlier that afternoon.

En route to Beaune that Friday the 13th for Hospices de Beaune’s Vente des Vins 2015, our train never left the station that Friday.

Instead, heavily armed police cordoned off the area and searched the premises for a suspected terrorists armed with explosives. Approximately two hours after the evacuation, we were allowed entry, and boarded a later train.

Little did we know that as we disembarked in Burgundy, Paris bled.

We learned that after a flurry of frantic texts the next morning. To all the friends and family who reached out with love and concern for our safety, thank you. What a comfort.

To the People of Paris, thank you for your calm, grace and composure under extreme duress.

Nous sommes tous Paris.

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Sonoma | Toujours

Sonoma | Toujours



This week marks a bittersweet turn of events as binNotes heads back to Seattle for the holidays…as a parting post, thought I’d share some of my favorite memories of this sweet spot called Sonoma…cheers!

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WITWIB? Sonoma!

WITWIB? Sonoma!

binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog

WITWIB? Sonoma

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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Greetings from Sonoma, dear readers!

Arrived late yesterday for a few weeks, so today is all about unpacking, laundry, getting Lucca the Wine Mascot settled…

But hey, as I await the spin cycle to finish, and slowly move off travel ’tilt’… the sun is shining, there’s a soft breeze blowing through the trees, and I can hear the unmistakable drilling of a woodpecker outside my window.

Sonoma Wine Country. Awesome. Pinch me…and pour me a glass of wine.

See you back here on the page soon.


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