Bordeaux Cité du Vin – Next Chapter?

by Paige Donner There’s a lot to love about the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux.  1. The structure :  Divine Photo by Paige Donner © FoodWine.photography   2. The infrastructure : modern, lots of digital technology, full of bells and whistles. Photo by Paige Donner © FoodWine.photography But the elephant in the room is the…

Veuillez dîner au Château d’Yquem à Sauternes?

by Paige Donner When the gold-enclosed invitation first arrived, my initial thought was, ‘I need to frame this.’ It’s a dreams-do-come-true moment when you find yourself sitting down to dinner at the mythic Château d’Yquem in Bordeaux’s Sauternes region in the company of about 400 other invited black-tie guests. photo by Paige Donner copyright 2019 …

Oh For The Pleasure of Wine…

by Paige Donner There’s a new sheriff in town… Or, well that’s what it felt like anyway at the brilliant wine dinner hosted by Oenoteam, a wine consultancy based in Libourne, Bordeaux, France.  The dinner was organized here in Paris in the understated chic neighborhood of the 7th arrondissement in the fabulous Atelier Eiffel.  …

French Wines With Soul Château Coutet AOC Barsac and Deux Sauternes

by Paige Donner Christmastime is the perfect time to enjoy a bottle of AOC Barsac, a French appellation devoted to the production of sweet wine, with a distinguishing accent of freshness. Château Coutet is one of the region’s outstanding wine producers and what’s more, this French wine has soul. Mind you, many French wines do. Have…

a flask of Chateau Haut-Brion wine

by Paige Donner (all photos copyright 2017 Paige Donner) As Bordeaux’s very first wine château, is it any wonder that Haut-Brion still ranks with such stature in the world’s profile of wines and wine estates? Well, a measured answer would be both yes, and no. ​ It’s not a given that a wine or a wine estate with…

La Mission Haut-Brion, A Château With True Soul

by Paige Donner (all photos copyright 2017) Château La Mission Haut-Brion’s chapel for me sums up the essence of the property. It has been for centuries, and still is, a family home. A home where people have worshipped, where they have begun their lives and taken their last breaths, where meals have been shared, verses…

Cap Ferret-Sand Dunes, Oyster Beds And The Untamed Atlantic Ocean

Far from the snooty reputation it has garnered in the past decade, since celebrities like Marion Cotillard and Philippe Starck have snapped up houses in this sequestered and chic enclave on the French Atlantic Coast, Cap Ferret is natural, rugged and oozing with a shabby chic unpretentiousness. ALL photos by Paige Donner ©2016   If…

Ha(a)itza, Pyla-sur-Mer (Bassin d’Arcachon)

THE place to be in Bordeaux this summer is at Ha(a)itza, just by the beach in the Bassin d’Arcachon. More than just a brand new 5* Star, Starck-designed hotel, this is a full-blown by-the-beach resort that transforms the exclusive upscale enclave that is Pyla-sur-Mer into a destination getaway ranked in the category of world-class. Bordeaux…

Marché des Capucins Bordeaux

Summer is of course the best time for fresh stone fruits, melons and vegetables. But any time of year is a great time to visit this covered fresh market, a Bordelais institution. If you go at mealtime or during the afternoon when an afternoon snack is in order, be sure to find the stalls serving…

From Bordeaux to Château Margaux

 All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2015 I’ll close with a quote from Oscar Wilde, that great lover of our wines, who remarked quite rightly: “The French are so proud of their wine that they have even named some cities after their great growths.” From Bordeaux to Margaux, he couldn’t have put it better… –…

Episode 16 GOOD food+wine

by Paige Donner This episode 16 of Paris GOOD food+wine  focuses on Wine Tourism in two of France’s most famous wine regions: Burgundy and Bordeaux. To round out our show this month, Episode 16 of Paris GOOD food + wine, I was able to catch up with Wine Spectator’s sr. Editor, James Molesworth, as he…

Episode 11 GOOD food + wine

posted by Paige Donner In this episode of Paris GOODfood+wine for November 2015 we’ll be hearing all about ways in which the centuries’ strong Franco-American relations are deepening. The golden nugget of this episode is an interview with members of the 1855 Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés organization telling us about their participation in supporting the…

Episode 9 – Paris GOODfood+wine Season 2

posted by Paige Donner Paris GOODfood+wine 9 – Season 2 / 2015 September For season Two’s kick off of Paris GOODfood+wine we’ll be hearing from Sylvie Cazes, the civic-minded Bordealaise who is now the proud owner of her very own wine estate. She purchased Chateau Chauvin, a beautiful 15 hectares piece of St. Émilion terroir,…

Tasting The Unexpected at Bordeaux’s Vinexpo 2015

by Paige Donner Vinexpo Bordeaux is (nearly) all work and (little or) no play. These photos and video from the four days spent there earlier this week give a good strong visual indication of exactly what I mean. I suppose it’s really simply a question of, yes, it’s hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it……

From Paris to Bordeaux And Back Again

by Paige Donner This episode of GOODfood+wine airing on World Radio Paris is all about Bordeaux. Well, nearly. In honor of the bi-annual Bordeaux Vinexpo extravaganza (opento the trade only) we did some pre-tasting at two of Bordeaux’s most prestigious chateaux – Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Château Lafleur. And there I spoke…