Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lafite...And McDonald's

Today was a day of highs and...well, if not lows then unexpectedness. It began with a tour and tasting at Chateau Leoville-Barton with Lilian Barton, the daughter of proprietor Anthony Barton (the 08 barrel sample was amazing!) and continued on to Chateau Lafite, where we were not only shown the entire production facility, but where we were treated to a bottle of Chateau Lafite 1995, a legendary wine that more than lived up to its reputation.

The unexpectedness is where I'm actually typing this blog post: At the McDonald's in the town of St.-Foy le Grande. A quick explanation: There have been massive thunderstorms here the past several nights, and yesterday's knocked out a key telephone line. Which means that, with no Internet in the farm house, I was relegated to traveling to the nearest publicly accessible source of it with the President of The Wine School and a number of our students:

To Le Macdo, as it's called here. And this is a borrowed computer, one sans the videos I've been filming.

So from 95 Lafite to a large Coke and fries, it's been a full day. But with wines and tours like these, a bit of fluorescent lighting and soggy fries are a small price to pay.

Stay tuned...there are certainly no dull moments here!


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