12 April 2012

Trip report


Date: 11 April 2012
Kilometers driven: 250 (150 miles)
Kilometers of four-lane highway: zero

An old farm compound near the village of Luzé

Rain showers driven through: 5
Times we felt like we were lost: 2

Walt taking a photo of a field of golden rapeseed flowers

Golden fields of flowers seen: too many to count
Photos taken: ditto

Jean, Nick, and Walt in front of the restaurant in Sazilly

Restaurants visited: 1
Courses eaten: 4
Hours spent at the table: 2

Une crevette en amuse-bouche — the shrimp course

Wineries visited: 3
Wineries offering tastings: 2

We tasted fewer wines than these Chinon grape-growers did.

Wines tasted: 9
Bottles of wine purchased: 2
Liters of wine purchased: 20

Bottles of Chinon at the Baudry-Dutour property in Cravant

Minutes we spent in the town of Chinon: zero

12 comments:

  1. I'd love to find some of those stands holding the shrimp!

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  2. How about this - as I write, Sue and I are drinking a Petit Chablis and enjoying your post....but there is this empty Chinon bottle on my desk.
    I bought in our local on the way home from work along with a Pinot from Burgundy and two French stickies.

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  3. Peter, I've never seen those anywhere else.

    Leon, what's a "French sticky"?

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  4. A French sticky is a Pavillon de la Brie from Monbazillac and the other is Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, both something to be enjoyed chilled after dinner with a slice of Foie gras. Introduced to us by friends in Paris on a previous trip - brings back pleasant memories with each sip.

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  5. I'm glad you waited for a sunny day for your trip. The first farm photo is a feast for our eyes!

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  6. Ken, always enjoy your postings though I rarely comment. But, I have to add my husband and I ate at that lovely restaurant in Sazilly in 2006. A very perfect meal. Oh yes, we learned about the French stickies some years back on a visit to France. A must for Foie gras. sigh...Susan

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  7. Sounds like a very busy but v good day. Love the propped up shrimp.

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  8. Hi Susan, I didn't know about "stickies". They are vins doux (Beaumes de Venise, Vouvray)or vins liquoreux (Monbazillac, Sauternes), I guess.

    Leon, foie gras after dinner? Now that is decadent.

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  9. Love that picture of the wine growers.
    Fun reading the listing of your activities for the day!

    Mary in Oregon

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  10. Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.

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