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Bordeaux, France
S.W. French Wine Country

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access



Photo by Michael Reiss

The best way to discover Bordeaux is simply to let yourself fall under the charm of its rich, complex identity forged over the centuries by numerous influences. You will not only enjoy the city's appealing lifestyle, revolving around fine wine, but also appreciate Bordeaux's outstanding architectural heritage.

Located less than 3 hours from Paris by TGV high speed train, Bordeaux, the capital of Southwest France, offers a wonderful lifestyle and many tourist attractions. Bordeaux, world wine capital, has given its name to the most prestigious and oldest vineyard region in France, known all over the world for its great wines!

Bordeaux also has impressive historic monuments, a number of which are floodlit at night to show off their beauty. Bordeaux has been officially included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as of 28 June 2007. This distinction recognizes the beauty and unity of style of Bordeaux's architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remained remarkably well-preserved. The Bordeaux World Heritage site is the largest urban entity to be so honored. However, despite its magnificent 18th century buildings, Bordeaux is very much alive and undergoing change. Among a host of projects, the building of a new tramway and the development of the quays are symbolic of Bordeaux's "renaissance".

Thanks to the city's far-reaching urban development program, the Garonne is once again integrated into the life of the city, and no longer a barrier between right and left banks. In fact, the quays have come alive again, and are the setting for such noteworthy events as the Fête le Vin (Wine Festival) and Fête du Fleuve (River Festival). Numerous cruise ships also dock in the Port de la Lune, right in the heart of the city.

Bordeaux is a city of major interest to tourists, and well-worth discovering.

 

Hot Picks: Bordeaux, France

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

Where to Eat

Bordeaux, France



Featured Restaurant

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

La Tupina



Photo by Michael Reiss

 

When in Bordeaux, you've got to try the French South West Cuisine.

One of the most renowned of the regional restaurants is La Tupina. Since 1968, proprietor Jeanne-Pierre Xiradakis has offered customers the experience of being in his grandma's home for dinner where you would eat traditional country food based on the freshest local products.

And so it is, a cozy, welcoming venue with many small dining rooms all connected by the hearth of the home, an opened, charcoal burning fireplace where much of the cooking is done right before your eyes.

In fact the hearth at La Tupina is at the entryway and provides an irresistible visual and olfactory welcome. Add to that the ineffable smile of Fred, the Maitre'd Cum Rotisseur who beguiles you with his smile and his culinary skill and you've got the making for a great evening.

Even before you can scan the menu at La Tupina, a typical plate of aperitif accompaniments arrives at the table. The menu offers lots of choice but is particularly strong in duck preparations, taking its cues from the region's bounty.

The wines of Bordeaux, organized by price point, provide the perfect accompaniment to the cuisine.

The close, convivial ambiance completes the picture of the quintessential dinner with grandma in Bordeaux. Bon Appetit!


La Tupina has a number of intimate dinning rooms. In this case guests enjoy the lively wine cellar.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Foie gras cold in terrine
Scallops and cepes in white butter sauce


Favorite Entrees:

The seven hours leg of lamb
Tournedos of duck

Favorite Dessert

Home made apple tart with vanilla ice cream

At La Tupina guests are immediately presented with country appetizers with an wine aperitif, while the ever-enthuisatic Fred, the Maitre'd, prepared more wine for guests.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

La Tupina
6, rue porte de la monnaie 33800 Bordeauxx
Phone :0033 (0)5 56 91 56 37

http://www.latupina.com/tupina_en/index.html


Hot Picks: Bordeaux, France

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

What to Do

Bordeaux, France

 



Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

"Bordeaux discovery" package - www.bordeaux-tourisme.com

The Tourist Information Office offers a special package to visitors exploring Bordeaux: 2 nights in a double room in a two-, three-, four-, or four-star deluxe hotel, two tours, one around the city and other in the vineyards, including a wine tasting, a free pass to the main monuments and museums, a free travel card for public transport in the city, and a complimentary bottle of wine.

New this year: the package includes a tasting at the wine bar at the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB - Bordeaux Wine Council). Price per person: 95 € in a 2-star hotel, 130 € in a 3-star hotel, 195 € in a 4-star hotel and 390 € in a 4-star deluxe hotel.


You can take a tour of the Bordeaux Wine Country and learn a great deal about wine production. Here the proprietor of a famous chateaux explains French oak storage of wine.

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"BORDEAUX CITY AND WINE"

In addition to the daily city tours, the Tourist Information Office offer tastings at the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux wine bar (except Sundays). (7.50 € traditional city tour - 11 € "city and wine" tour)

 

GOURMET WALKING TOUR

The Tourist Information Office organizes a twice-monthly tour of Bordeaux, focusing on fine food and wine This gourmet tour, organized in conjunction with a local restaurateur, features several well-known city shops where visitors can taste local produce: Bordeaux chocolate paves, the famous canelé cakes with solid coffee (the only coffee in the world served upside-down), cheeses from the Dordogne and the Pyrenees, and foie gras, as well as Bordeaux wine (22 € - 3-hour tour - 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month)

PLANET COOKING

Planète Bordeaux has started organising an exciting new programme, with (bilingual!) cooking classes focusing on matching food and wine. This creative workshop is run by Georges GOTRAND, a talented chef, who presents brand-new recipes for cooking with Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur wines. (40 € - 2nd Saturday of each month from March to October) www.planete-Bordeaux.net


OENOCHEF
L'Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux offers a fun workshop with two main themes: learning the key rules for tasting Bordeaux wines, followed by a cooking class where participants create their own dishes, as well as exploring the subtle art of matching food and wine during a lunch.
(open to everyone - 108 € - March 1st, April 12th, May 24th, June 21st, September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, December 13th - in French only) www.ecole.vins-bordeaux.fr


YOUR WINE PROFILE
La Winery (Arsac) has launched a new concept: find out about your wine profile and explore your tastes by sampling six wines with very different characters, in order to identify your ideal wine among 2,000 samples from the world's best vineyards! At the end of the session, participants have a customised cellar book, suited to their own preferences and budget.
(15 € standard wine profile - 25 € great growth wine profile - in French and English) www.lawinery.fr


Information and reservations
Office de Tourisme de Bordeaux - Tel. +33 (0)5 56 00 66 24
resavisit@bordeaux-tourisme.com -

http://www.bordeaux-tourisme.com/

 


The City of Bordeaux is a wonderful walking-city with many historic sites.

Photo by Michael Reiss




 

 

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