Gigondas, France

We started the second day of our wine tour with Philip from La Madelène. Prior to our first winery tour, we stopped by Gigondas. It is such an adorable town! I fell in the love with the villages of Provence. The more adventures I have it really makes my travel list is never-ending.

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Le Pont de l’Orme- Malaucène, France

After a day of wine tasting with Philip from La Madelène, we went to dinner in Malaucène at Le Pont de l’Orme. It’s a great restaurant with a cool patio, which was a little chilly for us to enjoy. I was concentrating on the food and I didn’t take too many pictures. Sorry I don’t have any pictures of their yummy cheese plate or desserts. Philip brought a magnum of 2010 Gigondas from Domaine Les Goubert, which was from his private cellar. We also had a lovely white from Chateau Juvenal, which went awesome with their white fish. Until I started wine tasting in France I didn’t appreciate white wines and now I love French whites.

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Terrine- Los Angeles, CA

My past few visits to Los Angeles haven’t allowed me to get to the restaurant of Vector Marketing alum, Kris Morningstar. Love that it worked on this trip to have dinner at Terrine. I was excited to be able to visit Kris at his new restaurant (opened January 2015)! It’s always great to see when people are living their dreams and it’s even better when they are Vector alum. Since it has been almost 20 years since I have seen Kris, it was great to catch up on his Vector days. He let me know that his Chef de Cuisine was also a Vector Alum and he is keeping it in the (Vector) family. It was great to hear how Kris was using the skills he learned at Vector to run his restaurant. Terrine was voted by Los Angeles Magazine one of best new restaurants for 2015. The food, atmosphere, wine, and people were outstanding. We were able to sit outside on the patio, which was a treat for me to be able to sit outside in January. If you are in the Los Angeles area, I HIGHLY recommend Terrine!

 

Blizzard 2016 Round Two Photos- Doylestown, PA

Around 10am this morning I took some pictures of the storm in Doylestown, PA. After grabbing a bite at Penn Taproom, which is one of the few places open in town, I took some more pictures. Stay safe and home, it’s still snowing in Doylestown!

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Blizzard 2016- Doylestown, PA

It looks like the weather forecasters got the storm named Jonas correct! Until the storm starts, you just never know. Since I travel again next week, I came home early from Los Angeles. After I landed on Thursday night, I went to the grocery store. There was plenty of milk and bread (neither of which I needed), but no onions or potatoes! That was crazy to me and should have taken a picture. The storm started in Doylestown a little early than expected on Friday night. Also, the total of snow keeps increasing! On Saturday morning I woke up and started making some vegetarian chili (found onions and sweet potatoes at a different grocery store!). After I finished making the chili, I headed out into Doylestown to snap some pictures. These photos were taken around 10am on Saturday morning. I did find most stores closed, but Penn Tapp Room and The Hattery were shoveling, so they could open! It was beautiful in Doylestown, but cold and windy walking around! Enjoy my photos from inside.

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Château Mont Thabor

Château Mont Thabor is gem in the Rhone Wine Region! If you blink driving down the road, you will miss the winery. Philip from La Madelène knows where to take us for awesome experiences. Each winery was different and a great experience. This winery is owned by Daniel Stehelin and he works his plot by himself. It’s a small winery with and a you can feel the love from the winemaker for his job. He produces some delicious wines and are an awesome value.

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Domaine de la Jaufrette

There are so many great wineries in the Rhone Valley. During this trip, I fell in love with them. Philip from La Madelène chose some great places for us to visit.  Domaine de la Jaufrette was one of those visits. The winemaker produces his wines in a traditional way. Philip let us know that means: little de-stemming, old barrels, long aging and releasing the wines for sale only when he thinks they are ready. You can tell by the yummy wines that are created, the winemaker puts lots of love into the wine. The vineyards are located in the Gigondas, Vacqueyras and a little in Chateauneuf du Pape. We usually visit the wineries after harvest. It’s hard to believe that with all the wine tours that I have done, our trip to the Rhone was the first time we saw grapes on the vines!

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Le Verger des Papes

The Village of Chateauneuf du Pape was the where we enjoyed our lunch. The restaurant, Le Verger des Papes, is located in the shadows of the Popes castle. The castle was used by the Popes that were in Avignon as a summer home.  It was absolutely perfect weather, so we were able to eat lunch on the terrace. We enjoyed a delicious meal with a great rosé. Conversation, food and views were perfect.

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Chateau La Nerthe

Chateau La Nerthe is beautiful! This was the second stop of the day that Philip from La Madelène had planned for the day. The grounds and views from the Chateau area are breathtaking and that was just the beginning. After a few minutes on the terrace we headed into the wine cellar and had a great tour. The terroir of the Chateauneuf du Pape region is uniques. It is known being covered with pebbles (“galets”). This is the first time that I have seen the galets and I loved seeing them.

I enjoyed taking pictures of the barrels, vintage wines, and the tanks. We were treated to a wine tasting that included some delicious nibbles. Tasted some great wines and I have to say this is where I fell in love with blanc Chateauneuf du Pape wines. It isn’t really exported or found in the US. Thinking back on our trip, we should have purchased more of this wine. On a side note: When we got to Paris, the first restaurant we went to for lunch had a blanc Chateau La Nerthe on the menu and we enjoyed it with our lunch! We tasted some great wines and purchased a bottle of a red 2004 wine for our birthday dinner with our friends. Sorry that I don’t have any pictures of the great wines we tasted. I was too involved in the conversation and tasting!

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Domaine De La Janasse

We started the first day of our wine tour with a great breakfast on the terrace at La Madelène. Before breakfast, I took a little walk around the beautiful grounds. We had delicious local breads and pastries. This is where I fell in love with lavender honey. Before this trip I never had lavender honey and wasn’t sure I would like to lavender food. It’s yummy on blue cheese and yogurt. There were also yummy granola/oats and fruit. It was a beautiful morning!

After breakfast we headed to the first winery of the day, which was located in Chateauneuf du Pape. Domaine De La Janasse was a great first visit. Our visit was in the beginning of September. All of the vineyards in the region were beginning to prepare for harvest. The first vineyard we visited actually had some white grapes that had just been harvested. This was a good visit and tasted some yummy wines!

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