French Country Confessions

French Country Confessions

We admit it. We are urbanites. So why have we moved to the country? Primarily to make wine, and then we fell in love. Not just with each other, that has been on-going, but with the countryside. Circumstance put us in the northern county of Burgundy, and just south of the wine area of Chablis. Farm land to you and me.

Having taken up residence in our new life, we are endeavoring to learn. And there is lots to learn. Learn French, learn the culture, learn how to take care of the feathered variety of farm animals, as well as our other growing furry family, learn how to grow our own food, learn how to make cool things with pallets (a Piddlewick favourite), and all whilst enjoying French food and wine. Well, something has to make up for the early mornings in winter.

Come and explore the French countryside with us.

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What is ‘Terroir’? Wine 101 for us Non Connoisseurs (or Snobs)

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