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Discovering the World of “Bastides”

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During our fall trip to France late last year, we discovered the world of Bastides. The French word is derived from the classic bastions meaning a fortification protecting its occupants and constructed to allow for defense. Traveling in Périgord, we … Continue reading

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And, Another Long Trip to Europe, Part Three

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Our next stop was Athens where we were to visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon. It was a huge disappointment. The lines to enter the Parthenon were over two and a half hours long. It reportedly is visited by over … Continue reading

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And, Another Long Trip to Europe, Part Two

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The next morning, we boarded the “Norwegian Spirit,” a cruise liner that can provide comfort and fine cuisine for some two thousand guests. Their crew of nearly nine hundred with numerous incredibly talented persons from Eastern Europe is well trained. … Continue reading

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And, Another Long Trip to Europe, Part One

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  Francoise, my lovely wife, left for France during the closing days of August. By then, she had received all documents subsequent to her interview and her test on American citizenship which she passed with flying colors and became a … Continue reading

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Once upon a time, there was a farm in Williamsburg, Virginia

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  For a number of years, I have shared with friends and guests the story of how we acquired this farm. At the time, I was International President of Fragrances Selective.  Peggy felt that we were ready for a new … Continue reading

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One of the lesser-known aspects of the Wessex Hundred Farm

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When we think of the Williamsburg Winery in the center of the farm, we think automatically of vines, grape harvest, wine, tasting, and pleasure also. There is, however, another aspect that we know less of, not the least dear to … Continue reading

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A Siberian Snow Blizzard in Williamsburg

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Williamsburg enjoys a very peculiar climate.  In 1981, Peggy, my wife, had found this out when we were doing our research before purchasing the Wessex Hundred farm.  The area is very much impacted by the maritime climate, even though we … Continue reading

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Adding a famous new wine country to our roster of visits: Moldova

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As we departed, our friends were puzzled where we were going.  When we told them that we were going to Kischinau, the capital of Moldova, that small republic squeezed between Romania and Ukraine, which has the Guinness Book of Records … Continue reading

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Gabriel Archer of 1607 Jamestowne celebrated by a Virginia Reserve Wine

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Gabriel Archer was a key figure of the founding of English America. A Cambridge educated lawyer, Gabriel Archer was the Co-Captain of the Godspeed, the lead ship of the three vessels that brought the men that founded the first permanent … Continue reading

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Of Barrels, Antiques and a Container

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Early in April ’15, Françoise and I were in Provence and drove up to Paris to pick up Matthew, the Winery’s talented Winemaker, and his wonderful wife Elena, who is also the On-Premise Sales Manager (sales to restaurants and specialty … Continue reading

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