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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

I've had pretty tasty
Clafoutis aux cerises en crème d'amande façon Roger Vergé
Larme de chocolat aux griottines Michel Trama
and even more common desserts in France like Profiterolles, Paris-Brest and Napoleons

1 day ago
collioure in France

French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

Since I haven't eaten in the UK in decades, I'll save my "impossible!" comment until after I visit London next spring.

However, we do not serve kidney pie, spotted d*ck or peach crumble here in France. We prefer dishes like mouclade, steak au poivre and tarte tatin.

1 day ago
collioure in France

White Pinot Noir

I almost think it's a crime to make rosé from good Pinot grapes, but a white??? What for?
Shades of white balsamic vinegar and white port.

Jul 17, 2014
collioure in Wine

Languedoc's Terrasses du Larzac region gains AOC status

Ah, those Fench, they'll plant grapes anywhere. Even on those dry causses where graze the sheep whose rich milk makes the marvelous Roquefort cheese I enjoy twice daily.

Jul 17, 2014
collioure in Wine

Honeymoon in Italy (Genoa, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Modena, Parma, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence)

1 day in Cinque Terra? I think it requires 2 or 3. No great restaurants as far as I can determine. Will be in Vernazza in Sept. So I may have more info before you go.

1 day is Venice is too short as well. Not easy to arrive/leave.

Consider cutting out a couple of destinations.

And 1 good meal per day is a good rule.

Jul 16, 2014
collioure in Italy

Wine matches for a 3-course dinner

Maria's PX sherry is a brilliant recommendation.

Riesling or Chardonnay with the soup

We drink good Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages (red wine only appellation) down here with pork belly.

Jul 13, 2014
collioure in Wine

Hail ravages vineyards in Languedoc-Roussillon

That's all in the Aude in Languedoc proper. No damage in Roussillon.

Jul 10, 2014
collioure in Wine

Wines aged in steel?

Most whites from Alsace are fermented in stainless steel tanks. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris . . .

Jul 08, 2014
collioure in Wine
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Napa Valley ranking in the world?

Jason, you have it all there now. The wines I drink in California every summer are exquisite and we usually taste at one vineyard too. It wasn't that way 30 years ago.

Jul 03, 2014
collioure in Wine

Which red wines go with seafood?

I hate to disagree with you, but I must.

First of all, I make a point of finding and learning to make fish and seafood dishes that demand red wine.

Boyer's St Pierre over Red Wine Confit of Onions with Tomato Butter
Sea Scallops with Vinegar de Banyuls
Ancho-Crusted Salmon with Yellow Pepper Sauce

For simple grilled salmon, it's hard to beat a good Chianti Classico

Jul 03, 2014
collioure in Wine

Napa Valley ranking in the world?

I have lived in France for 12 years now. I drink French wine every night from all corners of the country, and I am amazed at how little it costs me to drink good wine every night. For the money I don't think you can beat French wine.

However, I come to California for a few days every year, and I am astounded at how wonderful California wine has become. It's not cheap, but it has to be #1 in the world today.

Jul 03, 2014
collioure in Wine

Need help with Provence itinerary

IMO it is preferable to dine on the terrace under the stars. Since the cuisine is no longer divine, the idyllic setting makes up some of the difference.

And for something a little different up in the lavender fields near Mont Ventoux there is the Hostellerie du Val de Sault

Jun 25, 2014
collioure in France

These guys had good taste

And they overlooked the wine coolers?
And the Corona too?

Jun 24, 2014
collioure in Wine

strawberry rhubarb pie

I like that too.

Jun 23, 2014
collioure in Wine

strawberry rhubarb pie

Banyuls/Maury, rosé Champagne

Jun 23, 2014
collioure in Wine

St Malo

Thanks, I dropped a letter.

Jun 22, 2014
collioure in France

St Malo

Tirel-Guerin in la Gousnière (pronounced Gwen-yare).

Jun 21, 2014
collioure in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

Ste Chapelle? of course! near the end of the day
Notre Dame ?

Jun 19, 2014
collioure in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

When the question comes up again. This OP is not interested.

Jun 19, 2014
collioure in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

I would, but you don't deserve it.

I tried - already at 15.

Jun 19, 2014
collioure in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

Thanks but no thanks. BTW I don't follow Rick Steves in Paris. Anyway there's nothing left for me to see there except Dejeuner sur l'Herbe a fith time which I always enjoy.

Off the top of my head I could list at least ten excellent destinations for kids in Paris. Unfortunately I don't see any of them above.

Take your kids to the countryside of France (and that's not wine-tasting in Burgundy!). Let them come to Paris on their own when they mature.

Jun 19, 2014
collioure in France

That's a LOT of money!

June, if a family wants to continue, they can take on co-investors or bank loans. There are solutions.

Jun 19, 2014
collioure in Wine

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

Allow me to take exception to this critique. I've seen just about every sight of merit in Paris, and there isn't that much for children of 8 and 10 years old. If you're creative, you can do it. But you must think of them first. OP's adult itinerary isn't such.

Who knows? Maybe the kids will be let loose in a Paris amusement park instead of being dragged to Versailles, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe.

You know, somehow I perceive that the likes of Lake Annecy, the Aiguille du Midi, Mt Blanc, the Mer de Glace, the Cirque de Baume et al just might capture their attention more easily and permanently.

Jun 19, 2014
collioure in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

I don't see those destionations on our OP's itinerary.

Jun 18, 2014
collioure in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

What did your children expect to do in Paris when they made that choice?

Jun 18, 2014
collioure in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

You aren't going to like what I have to say, but I am going to post it anyway.
Paris is not for 8-year and 10-year olds. You ought to take them to regions where there are outdoor activities for them - the Alps and the Jura, for example.
FYI I used to counsel independent travelers. Families I sent to those parts enjoyed their time in France.

Jun 18, 2014
collioure in France

That's a LOT of money!

For me, not a bordelais by any measure as the CHers know, these are the best wines in the world. So let the market decide the price for these treasured vineyards.

Jun 17, 2014
collioure in Wine

France: One great meal in Lyon?

As I have known for many years, Troisgros is opposite the train station. Just I have never quite gotten there.

As for Bocuse I don't read anything that indicates it has lost a step. 3 stars, 4 toques in the Gault-Millau.

Jun 16, 2014
collioure in France

Corkage in France

You come here with your own agenda, and you did not read what I wrote.

I never said Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir were important in Italy.

Until next time. I hate being misquoted.

Jun 15, 2014
collioure in France

Corkage in France

You have misquoted me again.
Bye.

Jun 15, 2014
collioure in France