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Rhone Valley wine region in 7 days

Visiting the Rhone Valley wine region

I had the good fortune to visit the various Rhone valley wine regions for seven days. The areas within are visually beautiful. The wines of the North can best be described as elegant and delicate. In contrast, the wines of the South are rustic and full of personality. Probably my favourite wines of Planet Earth.

This has been one of the great experiences of my life. Share it with me.

The Rhône valley produces a host of exciting wines under various Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) designations. The major appellation in production volume is Côtes du Rhône AOC.

The Rhône is usually divided into two sub-regions, each with its own vinicultural traditions. The Northern Rhône (Rhône septentrional) and the Southern Rhône (in French Rhône méridional). The northern region makes red wines from the Syrah variety, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier grapes. The southern sub-region produces a large range of red, white and rosé wines, often blends of several grapes. The most famous  appellation is Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Here are the links to the wonderful experiences of all seven days. Enjoy!


Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four and Day Four continued

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven

Thanks for experiencing it with me,

The Wine Baron

Posted in art, Leisure, Travel

A visit to Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

We were in Bermuda for a family wedding. The historic semi-tropical paradise was the perfect place to be for the happy occassion and was just perfect for relaxing, exploring and hitting the beach.

Bermuda has many treasures. And one of the gems we’d heard of from artist Chris Bacon was Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. So we had to pay a visit and experience it for ourselves. “Enriching the community through art and education,” the official byline concisely begins to elucidate the sheer value of this inspiring facility. Masterworks brings back works of art inspired by Bermuda created by such well-known artists as Winslow Homer, Henry Moore, Georgia O’Keefe and Ogden Pleissner, to name a few. Each of them were roused and stimulated by the Island’s life, people and scenery. Each captured a facet of the charm on canvas or other media. The museum promotes local Bermudian artists and their creations as well, and provides educational resources, workshops, and after-school programs.

We arrived on a warm and sunny Saturday morning to be greeted by founder Tom Butterfield and curator Elise Outerbridge. The museum is in the middle of the impressive Botanical Gardens, itself a worthy destination. Tom wasted no time in launching into the reasons for his passion and dedication. He immediately led me to a nearby painting and explained its history, how and why it moves him, and its value to the collection. Thus began an hour and a half journey of visual delights as Tom and Elise mentored us through several dozen works (out of the 1,300 works total).  CONTINUE READING

Masterworks Painting
St. George’s Harbour [painting 1821] by Thomas O’Brian Mills Driver