The 2015 Hospices de Beaune Vente des Vins opens with a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the November 13th attack in Paris.

2015 Hospices de Beaune Vente des Vins | Bourgogne

155th Hospices de Beaune | Vente des Vins by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML The mood was somber. Slated as the most eagerly anticipated auction in memory, the 2015 Hospices de Beaune Vente des Vins instead proved bittersweet. Sweet as Hospices de Beaune’s first woman wine maker since 1443, Ludivine Griveau, offered her inaugural vintage for auction. Sweet also as Burgundy, and Aubert de Villaine of Domaine Romanée-Conti, … Continue reading 2015 Hospices de Beaune Vente des Vins | Bourgogne

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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. … Continue reading Nous sommes tous Paris

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Marketing to Millennials | Industry Professionals Share Tricks of the Trade

My latest contribution to Foodable TV on Marketing to Millennials… Millennials. Food and wine industry darlings — or demons? Perhaps a bit of both. Defined as those between ages 18-34, many food and wine venues invest heavily in marketing to this niche market. Is the return on investment worth it?  Read more. Copyrighted binNotes 2015. All Rights Reserved. Continue reading Marketing to Millennials | Industry Professionals Share Tricks of the Trade

Winery find Seven of Hearts/Luminous Hills and artisanal chocolatier Honest Chocolates in the heart of Willamette Valley's Carlton, OR.

Red Thread™| Seven of Hearts / Luminous Hills

Welcome to the Red Thread™…stories about wine makers, and the red thread that binds us all….wine. By: L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Seven of Hearts | Luminous Hills | Willamette Valley, OR. I first discovered artisan winemaker Byron Dooley of 7 of Hearts | ™Luminous Hills in 2012, and immediately recognized a true alchemist of the vine. Byron represents a host of ‘quiet hero’ winemakers throughout the Willamette … Continue reading Red Thread™| Seven of Hearts / Luminous Hills

Views from the hills of Mayacamas, CA.

There’s Something About Sonoma…

binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog There’s Something About Sonoma… by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram There’s something about Sonoma… An intoxicating place of towering palms, embracing oaks, fragrant eucalyptus, spiked aloe and agave, lilting hibiscus, redolent oleander, abundant orange, apricot, lemon, lime, and almond trees…oh, and more than a few acres of vineyards…not to … Continue reading There’s Something About Sonoma…

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WITWIB? Sonoma!

binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog WITWIB? Sonoma by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram 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 … Continue reading WITWIB? Sonoma!

Road thru to Shafer Vineyards Hillside Estate - Widstrand Block, Stags Leap District, Napa. | Image: Courtesy Shafer Vineyards.

Napa Narrative | Shafer Vineyards

binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML  Today’s Exclusive: Shafer Vineyards | Stags Leap District,  CA. ❦❦❦ Wine making pivots on people plush with passion. Passion that may not make much sense to others. In 1973, Chicago publisher John Shafer uprooted his family and a successful career to grow grapes in northern Napa Valley. 1973 proved quite a … Continue reading Napa Narrative | Shafer Vineyards

Views of San Sebastian Food walking tour with native Basque guide Itxaso. Image: L. M. Archer©2012

TASTE Vacations| Basque Country & Rioja ES

binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML TASTE Vacations: Basque Country and Rioja| Spain Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram 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 … Continue reading TASTE Vacations| Basque Country & Rioja ES