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A Quick Tour Posted November 11, 2014

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We’re very pleased to share with you our friend Robert Scott’s online radio cast, featured at WineLineRadio.com. A Friday afternoon discussion about wine, wine oriented travel and food and wine pairings. A weekly wine pairing recipe is selected to match…

The ‘real’ France Posted October 3, 2014 | Tags: ,

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We were excited to discover that Villa St Simon was one of the highlights in a recent article posted by the Canadian Lifestyle Publication, Forever Young News, entitled “European travels: small-town Bordeaux, France”, by AJ Williams. Here is a short excerpt from…

Hangovers Posted September 16, 2014 | Tags:

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Many visitors to Villa St Simon ask me about hangovers. What causes them? How can we cure them? Does everybody get them? etc… If you only drink Bordeaux wine and little else alcoholic, then hangovers and headaches are not part of…

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Hi Everybody, Wine is often wrongly regarded as the preserve of men. At Villa St Simon it is often the women who challenge me the most in their quest for knowledge about wine. Women are also the biggest purchasers of…

Hemingway and Wine Posted August 17, 2014 | Tags: ,

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Those of you who have stayed in Villa St Simon, may have read the room book to help you make the best of your stay in this glorious region.There is a page from Earnest Hemingway’s book, “Death in the Afternoon”,…

Wine, Jazz and Japan Posted August 6, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

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It’s Summer holidays in Blaye and music festivals and other attractions have started in earnest. We went to the Wine and Jazz night in Bourg on Tuesday, and while one of the finest Jazz exponents was on the bill, the…

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Driving yourself on vineyard visits in thhe Bordeaux winelands – don’t! France has clamped down drastically on drink driving, and you could find yourself the recipient of a thousand Euro or more fine. Visiting and not drinking rather defeats the purpose,…

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This weekend I was once again privileged to be on the Jury for the 38th World Wine Challenge here in Bordeaux. Hushed murmering filled the huge hall where we judged 5000 wines from 38 different countries.  As usual there was a…

Discriminating Burglars Posted March 31, 2014

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All credit to the robbers who burgled Danielle and Kirsten’s house in Australia. They obviously know a bit about wine. Leaving the cheap bottles just where they were, the thieves made off with the two bottles of “Je Suis” 2010,…