I cannot think of a better way to escape the winter blues than a girls weekend eating and drinking our way through Bordeaux. Late last year, Hannah, Sara, Louise and I snagged £20 flights to Bordeaux, France (If you are trying to do the conversion, that is less than $35CAD!). Mid January, we set out on our weekend getaway in hopes of tasting some great red wines and delicious french food. Our first dinner did not disappoint! We went to a newly opened restaurant, Arcada, and loved every bite of our meals. The restaurant even had a wine cellar in the basement.
Saturday morning we woke to a bustling market outside our window, where vendors were busy setting up their stalls before sunrise. We lucked out with a boulangerie just outside our doorstep, so we grabbed fresh pastries before catching a train to Saint Emilion. A mere half an hour later, we arrived in quaint Saint Emilion where it seemed there was nothing but wine shops to explore (Not that we were complaining!). We wandered around the quiet medieval city before a nice country walk to our lunch and wine tasting destination.
Turns out (surprise, surprise!) January is not a popular month for wine tastings which worked to our advantage as we had a private lunch and tour of the grounds. We visited Château Tour Saint Christophe, one of the 7 Vignobles K Group wine properties. We had a delicious lunch followed by a tour of the chateau where we got to ask lots of questions about the winemaking process and what was unique about wine making culture in the Saint Emilion region. Several tastings later, we became Wine Club members and are expecting our first delivery in March! Until then, we will be brainstorming tasty meals to pair with our newly discovered Saint Christophe wines.
We spent Sunday morning exploring the city of Bordeaux trying to keep warm (There was no snow but it was extremely windy!). Turns out, Bordeaux is a sleepy city on Sunday’s and many things open late or do not open at all. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed wandering the streets without any crowds and a delicious french breakfast before heading back to the hustle and bustle of London. Until next next time…
Where is your favourite place to escape for the weekend?