Fete Le Vin with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Libourne

Arnold Schwarzenegger Libourne Fete Le Vin with Wine Lady

Life is full of surprises, whether you believe in it or not. Mostly, they come to us when we don’t expect them, yet often times it’s the moment when we need them the most. Thinking I could ever see my idol and my biggest inspiration, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Libourne, sounds a lot too crazy. On the other hand… C’est la vie! And la vie is beautiful. And la vie is full of surprises. This crazy little thing […]

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Machine harvest 2016 – Saint Colombe, Bordeaux

Machine Harvest 2016 experience by Wine Lady

TODAY has started very early, as about 4 o’clock in the morning M. woke me up saying (shouting, to be exact) that he is dying. He couldn’t feel his foot; he couldn’t move it, he could barely walk! So since the very early morning I was up and ready to not-my-work, as during the harvest there are no weekends off, so M. works both Saturdays and Sundays. Being his ‘personal taxi driver’ meant I had to work […]

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One day in Bordeaux… the travel that changed my life

one day, my first day, in Bordeaux - the trip to France that changed my life forever - Wine Lady shares her story

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, there was a beautiful princess. She had a beautiful big house surrounded by beautiful landscapes. She didn’t have to work, she didn’t have to worry about anything, and she was never sad or angry. She was eating only natural food, always beautifully served. She could spend her days in the massive garden, lying down on the beautifully green grass, talking to animals and flowers and enjoying the […]

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Grape processing – from the vineyard to the tank

Wine Lady abotu grape processing, what happens with freshly picked grapes before they get to the tank? follow the journey from the vineyard to the tank.

Although there are still few months till the next harvest, it is a perfect time to write about grape processing and bring back some memories from my first Bordeaux grape-picking, which took place a few months ago. In general, after the grapes have been harvested, they need to be turned into wine. Grape processing is the first step of vinification when winemakers need to take care of after the harvest. In this process, the freshly picked grapes […]

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My year in the vineyard

Why Lady shares her experience from spendig a year in the vineyards, working with vines and learning about vineyard management in Bordeaux

Since I’ve started to work in the wine industry I’ve been not very happy with people telling me about how to make wine and grow vines, because I knew they had no experience in the vineyards and/or winery at all; some people think they can read hundreds of books and they feel like they know everything. But it doesn’t work that way. I’ve been reading books about wine for years, not only nice-to-read books but also those […]

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En Primeur 2015 – Bordeaux, 4-8.04.2016

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I will be honest with you guys: I haven’t been too excited with this year’s En Primeur 2015 as I’ve been so busy lately I had no time to think about the preparation for the Bordeaux most famous wine event. Until Monday I didn’t even care about printing the invitations for all of the 2015 tastings! Today is Saturday, a day after all the tastings have been finished, and finally I have some time to sit down […]

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Vintage 2015 – harvest update #3

Harvest update Vintage 2015 by Wine Lady

The weather in France hasn’t been nice lately although the new week brings back the sun and it’s very warm at the moment (20-28 degrees). Almost everywhere whites have been already picked and reds are being picked or are still on vines waiting to be harvested at the beginning of October. Time for third harvest update! It’s been more than a week when the weather went bad in Bordeaux- it has been raining every day with lots […]

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2015 harvest report update, 9th of September

We are confident of volume as well as quality of the grapes! Berries are healthy and concentrated, bunches are big and clean and the weather is perfect for picking. I am in touch with winemakers and winegrowers to provide you my harvest report update. Let’s get through what’s going on at the moment: Bordeaux, France Right Bank. Whites (first Sauvignon Blancs) have been already picked and they are fermenting in the wineries. Other Sauvignon Blancs (for fuller […]

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Vintage 2015 – harvest report 2015 update, 1st of September

Two words about what’s going on at the moment! A short harvest report 2015 update for grapes picking Harvest Report 2015, Wine Lady   Bordeaux It looks like we’re picking! Whites for the sparkling base wine has been already picked, some of the Semillons are also already in the winery. Other producers start picking tomorrow and during next few days (depends on the grape variety and the land the vines are grown). The alcohol level may be […]

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Chateau Lavillotte Saint-Estephe 1995

I am in love with old-looking wines and old dirty labels! There’s something about them that make me feel better. It feels like visiting an old library and smelling the old books… yes, I know, but I cannot stop it ;) I have the same with wines – I can observe the old label for hours. Then, while tasting, I appreciate the wine even more! First look at the glass with Chateau Lavillotte 1995 and there is […]

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Weekly blend – Dec 2014

This time I tasted wines from a supermarket with a various price level. I describe all the wines from supermarkets as: “buy now, sell tomorrow and tell your customer to drink it as soon as he gets home” but I am sure some of them you can leave in your cellar for a little longer. Chateau de Bessanes Bordeaux AOC 2011 Easy to drink wine with an intensive aroma of black fruits (blueberry, blackberry, dark cherry) with […]

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November’s last weekly blend

Last week was all about good wines, shopping and gifts that made me feel better. In addition to tasting notes of new wines in this post I will write about problems with white wines from 2014 vintage, some new gadgets in my collection and others that I hope you will find interesting. Let’s start with tasting notes of whites from last week. Les Hauts de Smiths 2012 The second wine of Haut Smith Lafitte is a nice, […]

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The ‘weekly blend’ tasting notes – November 2014

This week was once again full of great tasting wine and I enjoyed the diversity of the wines I am lucky enough to taste. Below you will find three tasting notes of new wines that have recently appeared from my cellar. Roche Mazet Syrah-Rose Brut I was very surprised when I realized this was a sparkling rose from the Languedoc. I have never tasted one before and I didn’t know what to expect. The colour was pink […]

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