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The photography of Jacques and Jaunine from beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.

The Heartbreak Grape

Pinot Noir has been described as the “Heartbreak Grape” with good reason. Originating from the Burgundy region of France, this fragile grape has proved to be one of the most difficult grape varietals to make wine from. It is fragile, temperamental, and tests the skill of the winemaker to the limit. The winemaker will often fail to produce a good wine from Pinot Noir, hence leading to much “heartbreak”. 

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Fairytale Alsace

Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, and Cinderella.

Princes and princesses.  Fairytales.

These are the first thoughts that enter your mind when you set eyes on Alsace. 

You almost expect Hansel and Gretel to come rushing round a corner to welcome you to their little house built with colourful cookies and biscuits.

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Barging and wine tasting in France

France is probably still reeling from the onslaught of 24 enthusiastic South Africans who literally barged in for a week of wine tasting  in the upper Loire valley. Not convinced? Well consider this – take a bunch of wine lovers on a week long barging trip on four barges, in a beautiful region of France, and add a brilliant French wine-tour guide that knows her stuff and have all the right connections, and you have the recipe for terrific fun!

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A day in Paris

What to do when you have only a day in Paris?

This was the question facing us when passing through Paris on our way to the upper Loire region of France for a wine-tasting barging trip recently. We decided to keep our intended sightseeing simple and opted to see the Notre Dame and the palace of Versailles. Unfortunately the weather was not great and we experienced spells of rain alternating with some sunshine, not that this was going to stop us!

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