I’ve traded in my whining for some seriously fabulous wine-ing! After a private tour of Bordeaux’s major wine estates, vineyards, and chateaus and rubbing elbows with a handful of lauded sommeliers – like Genevieve who’s a wine-pairing ninja! – I’m unapologetically snobbish about my vino. I do the swish, smell, and spit thing like a boss. In fact, I sipped a Cabernet Franc where Thomas Jefferson himself (America’s first wine connoisseur) sipped a glass or two of the same vintage. No big deal.

Although I feel like a walking, talking, (and slightly buzzing) Bordeaux wine Wikipedia, Loren Sorkin tells the story of this region’s love affair with grapes much better and with a few less hiccups:

“Bordeaux makes red, white, and sweet dessert wines. The red wines come from five different grapes – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. The wineries tend to get divided based on which side of the Gironde they’re on. The left bank wines tend to have more Cabernet Sauvignon, and the right tends to be Merlot dominated. In either case, all the wines are blends of grapes. The whites are for the most part Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends, as are the dessert wines. Some also have Sauvignon Gris.”

Bottoms up, friends! Or, as the French say, “Votre santé!”

I picked up a case of Bordeaux’s best for Dad who’ll surely have to leave his pants, shoes, and unmentionables in Barcelona just to get these bottles home. Priorities, right?





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