Wine Tasting Anyone?

cobblestones and vineyards

Welcome Cheryl, from Cobblestones and Vineyards, to L’occasion. I’ve been a fan of her writing and photography for some time now and when I read her recent post on wine-tasting in Burgundy I asked her if she would pretty-please share it with us. You’ll soon see why…

Wine-tasting should be a personal exploration; individual interpretation is crucial to enjoyment as well as learning. Sure, great sources exist as guides, but most of us, while perhaps not knowledgeable, have come to understand our preferences. Not only our preferences, but how comfort zones can become stale — we learn to trust our internal gauges. Cheryl trusted hers when she turned a single trip to France into an annual and rewarding ritual.

From Cheryl’s introduction:

“This is a blog not about history, monuments, or museums but about the simple charms of France found in the cobblestone streets, the vineyards, the villages, the blue shutters and doors, the lavender, the sunflowers, the olive groves, the food, the wine. I hope you enjoy discovering these small details along with me on my journey.”

Welcome to Cheryl, as she shares with us Wine Tasting Anyone? (starring Burgundy). Thank you!

Cobblestone and Vineyards


It’s safe to say, I’m no expert on wine by any means. In fact, I hesitate to open my mouth and say even one word on the subject. But years ago, knowing nothing about wine, we chose Burgundy for our first trip to France based on a pastoral scene in a guidebook that just called to us. Little did we know of the complex world of wine that we were about to stumble upon.

Our first trip to Burgundy revolved around everything but wine. We thought the four-euro bottle of wine we purchased from the village épicerie was something. We thought the glass of wine we ordered at the café was something. We had no idea what was all around us right at our fingertips. Yet, we wondered, ‘What are all these signs for caveau, dégustation, and vente de vins located every two feet throughout the region?’ So innocent. But…

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