Archive for French wines


Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2017 by xi'an

vendanges tardives

Posted in Kids, pictures, Wines with tags , , , , on July 20, 2017 by xi'an

Midsummer dinner at Emmanuel College

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2017 by xi'an

It just so happened that I was in Cambridge for the Midsummer dinner last Saturday at Emmanuel College and that a good friend, who happens to be a Fellow of that College, invited me to the dinner. Making the second dinner in a Cambridge college in a week, after the workshop dinner at Trinity. Except the one at Emmanuel was a much more formal affair, with dress requirement (!) and elaborate dishes. The wines were also exceptional, with a remarkable 2002 Chassagne-Montrachet.While the dinning room (or whatever it is called) is beautiful, it is also rather noisy and I could not engage in conversation with anyone but my immediate neighbours, but still managed to have a fairly interesting exchange with a biologist studying skuas on the Faroe Islands. The end of the meal was announced by a loud clap and Graces in Latin, followed by cheese and port (and a fabulous Sauternes!, not in the wine list) in an equally beautiful room, where it was easier to talk with my neighbours. All in all, a unique evening and opportunity for a glimpse into College traditions! [And a first wine post for the 20th of the month!!]

Zinfandel de l’Arjolle

Posted in Wines with tags , , on June 20, 2017 by xi'an


art brut

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2017 by xi'an

chateau l’insoumise [not a political message]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , on April 20, 2017 by xi'an

Domaine Saint-Jean

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , on December 20, 2016 by xi'an

Saint-Jean, another Languedoc wine from Saint-Drézéry, once again courtesy of Jean-Michel Marin