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While Tuscany and Piedmont were amazing, I’d been looking forward to the trip’s final week in Burgundy since I first booked my airfare in mid-summer. After all, red and white Burgundies (made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, respectively) are among my most favorite wines, and my journey was timed to coincide with the Hospices de Beaune, the oldest and most famous wine charity event in the world.
On Monday I head out to Tuscany and Piedmont in Italy and then Burgundy in France to tour the very estates and sample many of the same wines that will be featured on upcoming Wine On The Road tours. First we'll explore Tuscany and focus on the wines of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri (home of the Super Tuscans). We’ll also spend time in Lucca, a historic walled city west of Florence. This expedition will be offered twice in 2011: 5/4/11 – 5/14/11 and 10/16/11 – 10/26/11. Please go to www.wineontheroad.com/tour_tuscany.php for more information .
Grapes have been grown in Burgundy since Roman times. That accumulated experience results in wines that are defined by micro regional differences. Because of the widely varying soil types, elevations, inclines and exposures, these gradations can show up in vineyard sites that are only a few meters apart. Traveling the Rue de Vins Grand Cru south to north, from Beaune to Dijon, is a quintessentially Burgundian experience for any oenophile. The unfolding spectacle of all those kilometers of orderly vines is a mind-blowing journey, allowing the viewer to see terroir shifts as natural changes in the lay of the land. If only all of wine country were so organized, so well understood!