Beaune is the jewel of Burgundy: quaint and posh, but also the home of people who love wine and the craft of wine and who have been able to keep alive one of the oldest charities anywhere in the world, the Hospices de Beaune. Today we talk to three listeners who have visited Beaune, loved it, and have great tips to share about places that will make you happy to be alive. Warning: drinking the wine doesn’t hurt either!
Each late January in Burgundy you can enjoy the Saint Vincent Tournante Burgundy Wines Festival. It is a combination of religious and secular traditions in celebration of Burgundy wines and the Saint Patron of wine. The statue of Saint Vincent goes around from village to village and the honor of hosting the statue is given to a different family each year. This year the celebrations are centered around the village of Irancy in the Auxerroi, about two hours drive south-west of Paris. Kelly Kamborian tells us how to best enjoy the festival as a visitor.
Places Mentioned on this Episode: Irancy, Nuits Saint Georges, Château de Clos de Vougeot, Beaune, Mersault.
Today on Join Us in France we visit Southern Burgundy, specifically the department of Saône et Loire (71) with Jeff Steiner of Americans in France.
This is an area that French people would qualify as “la France profonde” meaning that it is rural, has centuries of history during which strong culinary and viniculture traditions developed. Is it worth a visit? You decide as we discuss all the highlights in this area. I can’t wait to visit myself!
To Prepare for Your Visit
Jeff’s e-book: Southern Burgundy Explorer 2015: Insiders’ guide to châteaux, churches, wine & more
Places Mentioned on the Show Today
Saône-et-Loire Department, Beaune (Côte d’Or), Le Creusot, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Autun, Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, Château de Brancion, Châteaux de Cormatin, Voie Verte, Voie Bleue, Cluny, Plottes, Lugny, Viré, Saint-Gengoux-le-national, Chardonnay, Saint-Amour, Saint-Amour-Bellevue, Tournus, Louhans.