Tag Archives: France

Steps to church

30 Aug

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There are famous steps to Sacre Coeur in Paris. Those are in front. These steps are at the side and are actually very nice… they come from a cool little area of town.

Quiet Lille

26 Jul

SONY DSCDowntown Lille on a sunny fall morning. It is Sunday so everything is closed and the streets are nearly deserted. A great time for photography

Weekly Wine – L’Epayrie

24 Jun

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L’Epayrie Rouge
Year: N/A
France
1000 ml
12% ABV
$9.75 (LCBO)

Big bottle.
Good price.
Good value.
Big taste.
The taste here is interesting. It tastes like red wine. Like red wine should taste.
There is nothing remarkable about this wine – except the quantity and the price. It is a good value.
The taste is great. Like red wine. I think I mentioned that it tastes like red wine.
This is good. Because it is red wine. The colour of the wine is red. It is very red. A deep red. It looks like it is a very heavy red colour. You would think that because of this it would be a very heavy red wine flavour.
But there isn’t.
It is a red wine – not to heavy. Not too light. A very nice wine.
I could comment more about the flavour but I had some Cheesies before drinking this wine and my flavour buds are damaged – temporarily.
I like this wine.
It is red.
Rouge…

Coal Mountain

7 Jun

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This image was taken somewhere between Paris and Lille in France. It is a mountain of coal byproducts as I was told. There are trees growing on this coal mountain. It was quite impressive to see in my jet-lagged state of mind.

Weekly Wine – Carignan

20 May

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Carignan Poud0u
2013
France
750ml
13.5% ABV
$8.96 (Astor Wines, New York (on sale for $6.96))

There was a multitude of this wine on display at Astor Wines in the East Village of New York.
I was looking for Rye Whiskey. Kentucky Rye Whiskey.
But I looked at this wine bottle. And I looked at the price. Well under ten bucks. Even withe the exchange rate to Canadian. And the sale price.
Of course I took this wine. I also bought some whiskey – but that is another tale.
That same evening I shared this bottle with some very good friends. Very nice wine. If I was to find a fault it would be that it was a little weak in flavour. It was very nicely balanced but lacked a kick.
Which is not a bad thing I suppose.
This is a fantastic wine at the full price and a steal at the discounted price.

Sacre view

17 May

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Driving into Paris one gets a very nice view of  Sacré-Cœur. It was such a nice view that I figured I would not have to go there. I did though, and do not regret it.

Le Centaure (César)

12 Apr

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I took this image in Paris. I liked the look of the statue but I had no idea what it was of or where in Paris it was located. Looking at the stores in the background I finally found it on Google Earth. The statue is of a Centaur by the sculptor Ceasar Baldaccini. It is on the corner of Rue de Sevres and rue Cherche-Midi.

Weekly Wine – Piat d’or

1 Apr

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2013
France
750ml
13% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

Here’s another classic that I have forgotten about. Piat d’or was the French wine we bought back when we knew nothing about wine except that – “All French Wine is Good.” We bought this wine to impress dates. How effective it was is a matter of debate.
Is all French wine good? Judging by this bottle – not really. This is a chardonnay so it is fruity and rather sweetish. It is listed as a dry wine but the chardonnay grapes have this sugary – fruity feel to them. Not one of my favourite grapes. The wine is not very refreshing and is a bit of a bother on the palate. It is not bud – I just don’t like it. I liked the Piat d’or Merlot that I reviewed back in May. It was unremarkable but passable. This wine is similar.
It is fine, I suppose, if you like chardonnay.

Weekly Wine – Yvon Mau

1 Oct

SONY DSCYvon Mau Colombard Chardonnay
2012
France
750ml
11.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

The wonders of doing this blog and tasting cheap wines is that once in a while you come across a real gem. It is easy to by a great wine at 30 plus dollars. But under 10…
Here is a real gem.
I know the Chardonnay grape but this is mixed with the Colombard grape. I’m not familiar with the latter. The mix is 25-75 (Chardonnay to Colombard) as the label states.
This is a very nice blend. It has the fruitiness of the Chardonnay grape without being too sweet.
The wine does not have any strange after tastes or bitterness. Even though it does contain sulphites, I did not feel or taste them as I sampled this white wine.
It is a very fine wine. Perhaps one of the best white wines that I have encountered in this wine tasting odyssey. I have honestly had white wines at three times the price that did not give me the pleasure of this sub-ten buck wine.


Sweet

14 Sep

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These sweets we saw in a window in Lille, looked so good. It was a shame to have to eat them.