Spring is in full gear, although there is still not too much in the way of travel. We are expecting that restaurants may be open for terrace service as of May 14th or 17th. Meanwhile, I’ve managed to travel to nearby wine châteaux for ‘en primeurs’ tasting of the 2020 vintage. More on that later in Forbes articles—but the vintage is excellent: silky tannins and vibrant acidity that highlights velvety fruit. Beautiful!


Rather than include any one dish or dinner, this post I am including scenes and meals from various châteaux recently visited.

Couvent des Jacobins
Château Beauregard, Pomerol

1. CHEF.

Châteaux Couvent des Jacobins in Saint-Émilion, and Château Petit-Village / Château Beauregard in Pomerol.


No descriptions, just photos this time.

Couvent des Jacobins
Egg and ham at Château Petit Village
Fish and spring vegetables
Cheese and jellies
Everything pleasurable
Macaroons (apparently made by the local police chief)


1975 Couvent des Jacobins right bank blend
Petit-Village from Pomerol


  • Charles Krug winery in Napa Valley will resume on-premise events this spring and summer, including Blue Note Napa concerts every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Festival Napa Valley from July 15th to 26th and a Sunset Cinema Series. For more information visit https://www.charleskrug.com/#events, or check Instagram@charleskrugwinery.
  • Sicily’s wine consortium, or Consorzio di Tutela Vini Sicilia DOC, has launched a 2021 program in the U.S. Check out their lineup at their website.
  • Au Bon Climat winery in Santa Maria, California, is offering 50% off shipping if you buy six bottles for $199.
  • The Wine Chef blog includes four wineries that support healthier environments.
  • U Wine Bordeaux is offering a free Riedel glass if you buy a box of three wines, valued at 37 Euros each.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Robin Lail, renowned winemaker from Napa Valley in California, wrote:

    Hello Tom,

    I thought of you during the pandemic so far away.

    But your writing was always bright and was like receiving a verbal landscape painting that brought light and beauty.

    All good wishes.

    1. Hoping to visit Napa again this year, Robin! Tom M.

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