From Cap Ferret to the Dordogne – Mimi and Gabriella’s visit to My French Heaven

As you all already know, my greatest pleasure in life is to share everything I love about France with my guests and my friends.

My dear friend Mimi (Chef Mimi Blog) came back to visit me last week and brought along one of her dearest friends, Gabriella.

All we did for a week was eat and drink and laugh. Oh we laughed so hard… When people ask me what I do for work, I just tell them I don’t actually work… They always look at me and smile (you know, the “oh poor thing” smile. The suckers think I’l kidding. The joke’s on them ;0)

The awesome power of greed and gluttony… and story telling

It’s quite simple really, if you want the people you love to get together (come together), all you have to do is promise to give away presents and really good food. Loads of it. An orgy of food! You can cut through people’s ego and pride quite easily – “Oh, I don’t know if we…

When a grand castle becomes a home

And so Corinne and André bought a château near mine a few years back. It is called Château Latour Ségur. It is almost a thousand years old and is nested in a large park with magnificent old trees. Oaks, Lebanese cedars, linden trees… It has a large pond in the back, a rose garden up front and an amazing vegetable garden and orchard at the end of the grand alley. Then there are grand stables and barns and so on and so forth.

Thomas Jefferson’s favorite wine… and mine!

Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of Yquem, and although I can’t afford it, it is my favorite wine too! But if, like me, you love dessert wines in general and Sauternes in particular, I suggest you find some Château Guiraud. The property neighbors Yquem and it is a very special wine indeed. And much much cheaper too ;0)

I have beds, I have breakfast and… I have the wine!

With close to 11000 châteaux and more than 20000 wines around the B&B, you could stay with me for years and never have the same wine for dinner twice :0) Saint-Emilion alone is the size of Burgundy! So, as I was saying, I have rooms, and breakfast is waiting for you by the pool! When…

Of passion, horses and positive change

I am trying to read more blogs these days. It is such a motivating and inspiring thing to do. There is just so much passion, talent and willingness to share positive vibes in this otherwise gloomy, stupid and violent world… A French “philosopher” (it always blows my mind that people would have the nerve to…

Mimi & Emma in My French Heaven

Mimi from Chef Mimi Blog came to spend a short holiday in My French Heaven with her lovely daughter Emma. We had only 4 days together so I wanted to design the perfect itinerary for them. So much to see, so much to taste and so much to share… Four farmers’ markets and 8 meals together. We focused on cheese and seafood as they are Emma’s favorites.

Early morning in the vineyard…

There is a blue fog in our vineyards, a soft yet heavy halo that I was never able to find nor feel anywhere else. And when I walk from the vineyard to the river on cold Winter dawns, the fog brings me peace.

Mimi & Me – When two foodies become instant friends…

She is gorgeous, generous and cooks like a modern version of Julia Child. He is handsome, funny and takes the most amazing photos. My friend Liz Thomas, one of the best photographers I know (Elizabeth Thomas Photography) introduced me to an amazing blog called “Manger“. It so happens that its author Mimi Thorisson, her husband…

Top 10 reasons to come to Bordeaux

There are many amazing places to visit in France. So here are a few reasons why you should come to Bordeaux first :0) The wines are legendary: Petrus, Margaux, Belair, Cheval Blanc, Latour, Yquem… With literally thousands of châteaux and vineyards, you could participate in several tastings every day for the rest of your natural…

Sharing my French Heaven – Partager mon petit monde

(In English below) Deux couples adorables avec moi cette semaine aux chambres d’hôtes. Originaires de Vancouver au Canada, ils sont fous de vin et de bonne chair. Je crois qu’ils ont été gâtés… Je les ai bien sûr envoyé à mon restaurant préféré de l’autre côté de la colline: Le Clos Mirande. Ils s’y sont rendus au coucher…

The most expensive pee in France – Petrus

(In English below) De tous les vins du Bordelais (pour ne pas dire du monde), Pétrus reste la référence. Le domaine Petrus tire son nom du lieu dit « Petrus ». Son histoire est récente et pourtant ce vin est déjà une légende. Tout au long du XIX ème siècle le domaine appartient à la famille Arnaud. Dès…