The first few photos are from a day ago . I wanted to show everyone who was curious how the wine is stored. Steve is doing his wine post tonite with lots of photos so I’m only posting a few. This is at Pegau which is one of the most famous Chateuneuf du Pape producers in the region. The owner is pouring wine directly from the barrel for us to taste..We tasted at least 8 vintages…..
I have quite the glow down in that cellar.You would think I had drank the whole barrel. This was after about 5 different tastings
Many of you asked how do we bring wine home?? We usually drink what we buy here but always check with the winemaker who their U.S . distributors are. We have found that it’s actually cheaper to purchase from the distributor after we get home than to buy here and purchase packaging , pay the extra airline fees etc. The only bottles we bring home with us are the rarities that a producer will not export.
Now we are on the road to Sain Remy where our boutique style bed and breakfast is for the next two days
I’ve been holding out on posting all my graffiti photos I’ve been taking. I have always said France has the best wall art and graffiti . My friend Jan K has sent me many French “pieces” when she lived here too. I have hundreds of pix I will show you all when I return home
On the backroads we got side tracked and met a few pricks…ohhhhhhhh bad pun. These huge cactus were just starting to bloom
We seriously wandered off onto the goat paths. It was beautiful back here. Our GPS was freaking out and sending us in circles. We were laughing so hard if the cops had seen us he would have done a breath test…and we hadn’t had any wine yet!!
More beautiful flora on the backroads. They never really have a non blooming season here
An old cemetary…just beautiful on the hill
Lunch time at last I was ravinous
We loved the mousetrap they used to keep the meal ticket on our table in the outdoor cafe
I took this sitting in the cafe…OH SO FRENCH
Beautiful fall harvest of apples on the street corner
Here is a cute little old bob tail kitty that loved Steve of course!
A couple of beautiful critters at more wineries on the way
This sweet old whippet was basking in the afternoon sun
Another winery had a huge koi pond
Were here ..,,were here in Saint Remy at our very cool boutique Bed and Breakfast!!! Try as they may, 4 pandas and one camel cannot break into our new bottle of wine!! This is in our private “garden room”. This place is unreal!!
Here is the outdoor space. There are about 12 rooms on this stunning estate which has been converted to individual rooms with a pool, water fountains and awesome garden plantings. I’ll show you the inside later
The room key
More of the sitting area
We are now heading to breakfast and then to the Saint Remy market which is only on Wednesday which is the reason we scheduled to be here today. Here we come Frommage and Lavendar!!! Im so excited!! Will update tonite!!!
Thanks so much everyone for all your comments. We love reading each and every one.
The Koi picture is awesome, I love them so much!
I have never had wine straight from the barrel, but what a treat that must be.
The mousetrap was a very unique way to keep your order on the table, how funny.
“Met a few pricks”! Your killin me…LMAO!
Can’t wait to see the B & B, or the rest of it I should say.
ANd did you get that Silver Flower necklace in Turkey also, it is very nice?
Love the photo of you in front of the wine barrel, Sandra… Reminds me of the Mona Lisa…. A wonderful portrait
I so look forward to your updates, makes me imagine that I am NOT sitting here at work. My mouth is drooling over your wine tastings. You will have to let me know some of your favorites so I can see if I can purchase them here. HAHA I think one of your pandas already got in the wine bottle, he is hanging upside down. 😉
A Few pricks, eh? ROTFLMAO Mama always said to beware of french pricks…LOL That koi is unreal…WOW!!! I love the mousetrap idea! How simple, but how functional, too. Enjoy your barrel tasting!!! You lucky people!
Patricia Norman says
I was surprised at the dryness that could work for cactus wonder ful to see them in bloom with the fruit. Loved the cemetery with its old grave stones & statues. We see so little of that kind of past in our modern country. Has the weather been good for you we are starting to feel a wee bit of fall here
Jan Bruton says
That photo of you in the cellar almost looks like a painting – beautiful light – that’s a keeper! And who knew cactus grew in France? I didn’t. Really getting a “taste” for the south of France in all you have captured- Love, Jan
Linda Wroth says
I’ve loved all your posts–this is so exciting! Best way to be an armchair traveler.
I’m loving reading all about your travels. I thought the same thing Jan did “Who knew cactus grew in France?”
Amiee Lofruscio says
My fav had to be the animals attacking the wine bottle! Looked quite tasty. Also was surprised with the cactus, looks a lot like the one I have in my back yard here in Phoenix! Not something I would have expected to see in France. Beautiful pictures all around, can’t wait to see more! Have a great time!!!
Hi Sandra, Being the cat lover that I am I have to start off by saying that the close-up of the regal kitty is fabulous…great expression! What did you do to the koi picture to make the orange pop out like that?…very cool koi! I love how you focused on the Frenchman so the background is fuzzy…so artsy 🙂 What a beautiful outdoor area at the B & B to relax and enjoy your wine! I agree with everyone, the picture of you in front of the wine barrel is wonderful…Steve can pat himself on the back for that shot 🙂 I see Steve was so focused on getting his taste of wine in his cellar picture that he didn’t turn around to face the camera…LOL…I still know he has a big smile on his face! Keep enjoying!
Lots of Love, Lois 🙂
I hate to be a party-pooper, but I am kinda glad you are not in Istanbul any longer. The pictures on the news about the protests was violent and scary…glad you two are safe and sound! Have a glass of wine on me!!!
It’s looks so beautiful there, it’s been so cold here! It’s so cool to see those huge wine barrels, I’m looking forward to Steve’s wine post. I still think it’s funny how the cats are drawn to him. Maybe with all this cat exposure he’s building up a tolerance and won’t be allergic anymore 😉
Love the new chubby panda kid on the right, he’s cute.
Nan McGee says
wow, I never dreamed that cactus would grow in France, and how amazing the huge vats are and what fun to taste. I love the pics of the hillside and the flora, and each day I look forward to your newest discoveries. Keep them coming, as they make my day! Love, NM
wow…..those wine barrels are humongous!!!! and that picture of you, all relaxed and heavy lidded…….with the pic following, a huge pile of empties…..hahhaha. i love it. i think those two pics tell a very funny story! such beautiful scenes and kitties and wow….that koi lookes crossed with a veil-tail. the colors are extreme!!!! too fun!