All posts tagged: Burgundy&Rhone

Secrets of Best Beef Bourguignon / Mastering French Cuisine

Let’s forward time and now I’m back from my gastronomic trip to the Jura and Burgundy. I grumbled about the beef bourguignon we had in Beaune all through the drive back home. I will mention the restaurant and the food in another post when I review my spontaneous visit to Burgundy during my Jura tour. I should have gone to the same place as the last time to eat but as it’s my character, I always want to try something new. The “maybe…” seems to be a problem. I expected the melt-in-the-mouth tenderness and dark, intensely flavoured silky sauce in the beef bourguignon I ate, just like the last time in a more tradition brasserie. So Cyrille suggested I make the real beef bourguignon. You see? By then, my cooking skills had been proved and I was even asked to make a traditional French dish for a French! Isn’t it something I should definitely feel proud of? It’s about experience and confidence. The number one secret of best beef Bourguignon is the choice of wine, …

Burgundy Wine Tour Ends with Pilgrimage – Part 4 – Le Puy-en-Velay, Sarlat-la-Canéda

I am back! I suddenly had to leave for a week-long trip in the middle of posting on my Burgundy trip after Part 3, leaving my readers in bewilderment. This unfinished post bothered me throughout the trip, which was a telltale of my life  infatuated with blogging. Why do I care so much about blogging? I do not have the answer, but all I know is that I feel good when I put my thoughts into words, whether or not others care to read my articles or not. Blogging is therapeutic for me, not about bragging. 

Burgundy and Rhone Wine Tour – Part 3 – Mâcon, Beaujolais, Côte Rôtie to Côtes du Rhone

Marking the end of the Cote d’Or (Part 2), we stopped off at a cave in Mercurey for the final tasting of Burgundy wines. Upon entering, I was immediately put off by the Enomatic machines but after the short battle between the logic and emotion, I stayed and tasted some wines, hearing the chattering of tourists. We quickly drove through Macon and reached Beaujolais, where another surprise was awaiting me. Like many people, I instantly frown at the sound of the name, Beaujolais, all because of the worldwide reputation of Beaujolais for its marketing gimmick. I was dreading at the thought of tasting that cheap bubblegum wine.

Burgundy Wine Tour – Part 2 – Meursault, Montrachet

Continuing on the road after the Cote de Nuits and Beaune (Part 1), as we were passing through Meursault, we stopped by in Domaine Delagrange just to check out their interesting cave. The owners were busy drinking and talking with clients but still tried to be as hospitable as possible by asking us to see the barrel room and pouring some wines for tasting; imagine how chaotic it would be in June to August! Because of my preference for rich and powerful red wine, the reds in Burgundy tickled my appetite but the whites were good, which compensated for the desire for reds. So I decided to drink nothing but whites till the Rhone. While driving along Rue de Grands Crus, we saw some life happening in this rather quiet town so we checked it out. It was a medieval festival where people were dressed in medieval costumes and making and selling crafts and home-made food. We bought some of the aged mouldy goat cheese and the bread that was baked at the site, which we …

Gevry Chambertin

Burgundy Wine Tour- Part 1 – Côte d’Or – Gevrey Chambertin, Pommard, Beaune

This time last month I was driving from Bordeaux to Dijon to start the one week long tour of Burgundy and Rhone regions. So many memories flick through in my head and I don’t know if I can deliver my experiences and feelings at that time exactly as they were after a lapse of one month. Let’s see…. When we started out on the road, the sky looked grim and it got worse and worse we were getting closer to Dijon. It was very late when we arrived in the starting point of our journey so we turned toward the most touristic part of Burgungy, Beaune, for the night. It was a very charming town with rich architectural interests from the Flemish-Burguandian time in the Middle Ages, such as colourful tiled roofs. I am at the heart of the Côte d’Or!!! It took some time to relocate my head from Bordeaux to Burgundy. Though in the same country, they were so different; physical features of the people, mannerism, ambience, smell, sound, food, and everything else. The …