France

Organic Wine

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 5/25/2016: Organic Wine Wine is a man-made beverage that has been produced and consumed for more than 7,000 years. At its core, wine is simple and easy to make. The recipe is: grow grapes, harvest grapes, smash grapes in a container, leave … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: A quick lesson on cognac

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 3/30/2016: A Quick Lesson on Cognac The most planted grape in all of France is ugni blanc, and no one drinks its wine. This is because ugni blanc is the base wine for Cognac production, and while ungi blanc makes a fairly … Continue reading »

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Going to France in 2016

Hi Folks – It’s time to think about going to France in September of 2016. I know it seems early but the good boats fill up over a year in advance so it is time to start planning our schedule. We’ve picked out a few dates to have some general info meetings about our next canal … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: Learn the varietal – Chardonnay

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the article which ran on 11/12/2014: If you go out to a restaurant and order the house white there’s a very good chance it will be a glass of chardonnay. Chardonnay is a white grape that comes from an impossibly small village in the Burgundy … Continue reading »

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Summer Wines and Last Chance France

In case you don’t get our newsletter, here’s what we sent out yesterday. Hi Folks – I bet you have been wondering what has been going on in wine news. It’s been a while since we last wrote. We took some time off of teaching over the (really long) winter but we kept busy by … Continue reading »

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Bailly Lapierre Wine Cave on the Nivernais

On one of the very hottest days on the Nivernais we were lucky to be close to the Bailly Lapierre “Crémant de Bourgogne” Wine Cave – literally in a cave! (Click here to see maps.) We parked our boat on the bank of the canal and hiked up (yes, UP, UP, and more UP) to the … Continue reading »

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Auxerre on the Nivernais

Continuing our tour of the Nivernais Canal, we floated into Auxerre – the fourth largest city in Burgundy.  

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Locks, Bridges & other Beautiful Sites on the Nivernais Canal, France

A few useful links: All about French locks: Locks, Locking, & Bollards More about the Nivernais: Site Officiel du Tourism sur le Canal du Nivernais

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Doors of France Part III

This is the last Part of the Doors of France series. If you’ve enjoyed this series “Like” Savvy Nomad to add us to your Facebook Newsfeed.

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Eating Through France on $31 a day?

Looking over the receipts from my trip to France last September I was surprised to find that eating in France wasn’t as expensive as I thought it might be. Three friends and I spent 10 days in France: 2 days in Paris and 8 days along the Canal du Midi on a rented canal boat. … Continue reading »

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