|Apparently he did have a big nose|
Bergerac's old town
Once upon a time Bergerac produced two of the most popular human vices, tobacco and wine. The tobacco industry remains only in the Musee du Tabac but wine still grows in the fields. A generic "Bergerac" red wine used to be sold here in Britain, though the region has 13 Appellations d'origine controlees, but I hadn't seen even that for years and then on our drive south we stopped of for a coffee at Weston Park http://www.weston-park.com/about/history/and spotted this on sale.
We stayed at the lovely Chateau les Merles http://www.lesmerles.com which was surrounded by its own vineyards, so it would have been churlish not to have raised a glass or two.....
wine to be
One of the better known wines of the region is Monbazillac. Now this is a sweet wine and so presented me with a bit of a dilemma. I've given up puddings and chocolates, I do this every year during Lent (and often manage to end up in France surrounded by patisserie), so was I allowed any? I decided the answer was "yes", it was ok if I drank it as an aperitif so removing any pudding connotations, then I managed to convince MrS to start his meal the same way. A good outcome all round I thought.
Chateau de Montbazillac is open to visitors and Dogstarke was allowed in, but I had to carry her. I didn't mind that at all, she's not that heavy and she's warm which the chateau even on a brilliantly sunny day most definitely was not; I could even see the appeal of long skirts and petticoats. Afterwards we warmed up with a scrumptious (wine free, we were driving) lunch at La Tour des Vents, just down the road http://www.tourdesvents.com. Dogstarke was welcomed there too.
Chateau de Montbazillac
After a hard days sightseeing and wine buying what could be nicer than a good soak in the bath? Well how about a bath in wine? Not really, that would be a waste but being a great believer in the health giving properties of red wine, I'd stocked up on some grape based toiletries and this scrub was excellent.
And a chauffeur perhaps?