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Simon Bize & Fils, Savigny-lès-Beaune, France

Simon Bize & Fils is a true family operation. When we visited, everyone was hard at work. Patrick Bize was putting labels on bottles and readying a shipment. His young son, who was on school vacation, helped out while wife Chisa educated us about the operations and poured tastings. The domaine has been around since […]

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Stone wall

Aloxe-Corton, France

We wound through Burgundy’s vineyards and arrived at quiet grouping of old buildings basking in the sunshine that comprise the commune of Aloxe-Corton. Though most of the wines produced are reds, a well-known white wine is Corton-Charlemagne, named after one of its most famous vintners.

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Tasting room

Bouchard Père & Fils, Beaune, France

This is one of the biggest and oldest wineries in the region. It’s been around for nine generations and has the French Revolution to thank for most of its holdings since that’s when most of the clergy’s land was confiscated and put up for sale. Today the estate owns 130 hectares of vines, of which […]

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12th-century Collégiale Notre-Dame

Beaune, France

I don’t know how busy Beaune gets in the heat of tourist season, but when we visited it was very quiet and not at all crowded. In other words, it was wonderful. The restaurants were busy, but we were able to find a meal without reservations. It was possible to park. Beaune is the center […]

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