French Wine Tasting: Tour de France of Wines in NYC

French Wine Tasting in NYC 

This past Saturday we co-hosted a blind wine tasting of fine wines from several fabulous regions of France. This fun event was held at the NYC home of “frequent travelers” Kat & Mark. They graciously opened their lovely home on a perfect day, and stocked the tables with fabulous French and Spanish cheeses and delicious gourmet treats!

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Getting ready for people

2013-04-27 09.16.00Each glass had a name2013-04-27 11.30.25Just before arrival, our hosts and “penny” enjoying the sunshine.

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We tasted 5 wines, all from France.

Wine 1: Laurent Combier Crozes Hermitage white. A beautiful wine with floral notes and a rich bouquet. This wine is from just north of Chateauneuf du Pape. People don’t think of Chateauneuf du Pape as a town or even area that produces whites, but they produce excellent white wines. This is a very small part of production but the top ones are truly special –and hard to find in the US. We regularly highlight these when in Provence.

The area around Chateauneuf du Pape, where our first wines came from

Wine 2: Meursault, Les Narvaux, 2010 David Moret. A great buttery chardonnay. Loved this wine (as I do all Burgundy wines). This wine has a bit more minerality than the Les Charmes, 1er cru, we like to profile on our Burgundy trips.

Typical of Burgundy, wines and quaint towns and villages

Typical of Burgundy, wines and quaint towns and villages

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Our hosts this past September in Burgundy on a private visit to the 14th Century cellars of the winemaker who owns our luxury inn!

Wine 3: Auxey Duresses, 2010, Billard.  A very nice pinot noir from Burgundy. However, Burgundy did not receive its due by comparing and tasting a village wine with the 1er Grand Cru classe from Bordeaux. Next tasting I will showcase wines from Burgundy that are equal in quality and ranking to the ones from Bordeaux. Because this region’s wines have such a “wow” factor  -and the area itself is so stunning –it’s a shame to leave people thinking one region is superior to the other!

The stunning town of Beaun

The stunning town of Beaune

Wine 4: Les Amouriers, Vacqueyras, 2010. This grenache and syrah wine is also from just north of Chateauneuf du Pape, and a very accessible alternative to the big names (and prices) of Chateauneuf du Pape reds. Needs to breath for about 90 minutes to 2 hours as it is young. But is a good wine, full flavored and a great example of what the region can produce.

St Emilion, from Pavie's vineyards

St Emilion, from Pavie’s vineyards

Wine 5: Chateau Pavie Macquin, 2007, her Grand Cru Classe. Predominantly merlot (84%) with 16% cabernet franc, this wine is truly a top wine. It surely overshadowed the other reds. It was smooth, rich and extremely well balanced. Still young, it was opened 2 hours before drinking. Next tasting, we will bring out the big guns in Burgundy to compare with Bordeaux. I think it will be a very tough decision for folks at that point!

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Thank you to all of your who came. And for those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope to be able to hold “reunions” for other groups and more return travelers!

One final shot of those of us who went out for dinner at a cute French style bistro after the tasting.

Dinner for those who could stay late

2013-04-27 15.35.19Hope to see you in all again very soon!

A Bientot,

Wendy

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Bliss Travels….To Bordeaux and Barcelona. Tour France with us!

Bliss Travels is expanding! Watch for the best, most authentic, most exclusive experiences available anywhere (really).

We spent March in talks with the most exclusive, most stunning, most tasty places you can find in Bordeaux, South West France, and Barcelona Spain.

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It’s hard to imagine, but our boutique lodging is this spectacular. Enjoy a glass

of Chateau Margaux as you sit in your stunning room. Yes, we’ll send it up to you!

DSCF0665Or have a taste of wines from the spectacular private collection of Smith Haut Lafitte, where we will enjoy a private culinary and wine event. Several Chateaux have agreed to open their “not open to the public doors” for us and we are humbled. Enjoy Premier Grand Cru Classe wines of world renown.Bordeaux France Wines

We will visit the top chateaux in St Emilion where we have been promised unparalleled experiences. When I heard from one Chateau that  Bliss was welcomed and had access to places that Robert Parker was not allowed I knew we were in for something special. We can’t provide photos of some items in order to keep them private.

After finishing in Bordeaux we will have a gastronomic and artistic experience on the

 French/Spanish border, before heading to Barcelona for tapas that rivaled anything we had seen before.DSCF0752Another newly discovered culinary gem lies in these quaint streets.
DSCF0758Finally,  we have made arrangements at an artistic boutique hotel in Barcelona for a warm, luxurious and welcoming experience. We will have a private tour by Bliss Travels’ newest guide and art expert, through the works of Gaudi, especially  Sagrada Familia (one of the most astounding places one can see anywhere). We will have the advantage of visiting with a guide who has met with the architects of this world wonder and has intimate knowledge of Gaudi’s life,  work and Barcelona generally. We will see Park Guell, another treasure of the city. And I will introduce you to an unknown chef whose cooking is superior, creative and truly a hidden gem.

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Welcome to Bliss! Contact us now to get one of only 10 spots on this amazing journey to Bordeaux. wendy@blisstravels.com

Tour France with a “friend” Not on a Bus!

Tour France with a group of friends, not on a bus. Bus trips and people with banners and schedules really don’t give you a feel for a place –nor do they give you a good time and a relaxing but informative experience.

Look at the below. Tell me what you think!

Tour France: Wine Tasting in Burgundy with Bliss Travels…A Video!

Tour France: Wine Tasting in Burgundy with Bliss Travels.

 See our video.

Our Trip was remarkable. From the barrel tastings in the private cellars to the 12th century chapel where we tasted 7 Grand Crus Burgundy wines, it was an amazing experience. Michel made us this video where you can share in the experience of the Grand Cru tastings, the special private lunch in the caves, and the barrel tastings with our favorite wine maker!

 

Our lunch with rabbit terrine, salmon and whitefish terrine, pate, asparagus mousse, beet salad, carrot rapee, cornichons, Burgundy cheeses, gougeres, tarts….and more. This lunch was served with Charmes Chambertin 2009, Clos Vougeot 2009 (Grand Cru), Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru, Meursault Les Charmes…and the list goes on! 

See what we have in store for the Holidays. A rare food and wine experience in Paris. Contact us now!

French Cheeses, A Preview of our tasting event!

Yesterday began our scouring of the French markets for cheeses!

Among our discoveries were 36 month and 48 month aged Comtes. Some of the best we’ve tried.

Bertrand, the shops owner, agreed to do our Parisian tastings himself, either at his shop or personally delivering to our venue! I’m very excited by this because the quality of his products was superior, even for a French cheesemonger.

Among the other choices was a truffle stuffed Camembert

After visiting 4 cheese shops in search of specific artisan products, I determined this was the best, by far!

We provided clients some late afternoon fortification against the Paris cold! See you soon!

REMEMBER TO contact us if you want to take advantage of our early booking coupon OR if you are attending our wine and cheese tasting in Paris!

A Bientôt,

Wendy

wendy@blisstravels.com

http://www.blisstravels.com

 

Burgundy Wine Trip Updates

We are planning our twice annual, super exclusive, insider, trip to Burgundy for April and September. What could be better than Spring and Harvest? We note that Burgundy wines are red hot right now, flying off the shelves. So, if you like Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, this is the region for you!

Here’s a taste of Bliss in Burgundy:

Below is the private lounge we use for our breakfasts, and an afternoon aperitif. There are only 4 rooms in this stunning private property.

Below is the living area  for one of the 4 rooms (2 of which are suites)
One of the baths:And  one of the 2 non suite rooms. Notice the original antiques and art!

After you’ve relaxed, we visit vineyards and taste wines. The tastings are private and custom.

Visit the centuries old cellars of a winemaker for a private barrel tasting.

Have a private wine tasting of premier cru and grand cru Burgundy wines by candle light

Visit the famous villages, markets and winemaker’s of the region.

Then, finish in Paris, the City of Lights for fine dining, custom menus and special experiences

Contact us now to be part of this very small, special trip. wendy@blisstravels.com

A Bientôt,

Wendy Jaeger

Owner, Bliss Travels

609 462 6213

5 Reasons Why Burgundy Once Again Surpasses Bordeaux!

Well, it’s official. Burgundy, the Gold Coast wines of legendary quality, are once again the preferred wines of wine lovers and experts alike.

Need further proof of Burgundy’s prominence in the world? Just look at the below results of the recent auctions, as reported by the Wine Spectator:Move Over Bordeaux: Burgundy Steals the Show at Asia Auctions

Recent sales lead top auctioneers to wonder if Bordeaux may be toppled as the premier blue-chip collectiblePeter D. Meltzer

Posted: November 29, 2011What’s top on the buyers’ wish lists? ….all of which have achieved record prices in recent sales. Vintages in demand include 1985, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2005.As a category, the 102 Burgundy listings tracked by the Wine Spectator Auction Index rose 16.42 percent from the third quarter of 2010 to the third quarter of 2011….

There are many reasons behind Burgundy’s escalating popularity. Limited supply contributes to Burgundy’s appeal. “The quantities of great Burgundies on offer are so small that we never get much to sell,” noted Sotheby’s wine CEO Jamie Ritchie. “By value, in 2010, only 17 percent of the wines we auctioned were from Burgundy. The realization that these wines are extremely scarce has created a new-found appetite.”

This is what we’ve been saying for years! That’s why we go to Burgundy. On our most recent trip, we focused on 1999, 2005 and 2009 wines. Yep, that’s right! And they were amazing! The 2007’s and 2008’s needed time and breathing space.

 Harvest in Burgundy. Our annual trip to discover the year’s harvest and tastes wines as they are being made! It’s unique to Bliss Travels !