ALL YA’LL Texans out there know what I’m talkin’ ’bout!!
If you are not Texan, or have never been blessed with the opportunity to visit the amazing-ness that is the Lone Star State, we use a special phrase….”fixin’ to” (fixing to)….meaning I am getting ready to/about to do something. (see the Urban Dictionary Definition HERE. Some examples are, “I am fixin’ to go to the store.” or “I am fixin’ to start dinner” OR in my case, “I’m fixin’ to go wine tasting!”
Now all you Texans better get your back end over here to the fabulous wine region of Burgundy because HOT DAMN, they got themselves there a wine producing village called … FIXIN!!!!! [Insert STRONG Texan accent] We need a city in Texas called Fixin! Ok, ok, to be technical it is pronounced ‘Fee-Sawn’ but they really should pronounce it “Fix-In” but that is just my big biased Texan opinion. =)
Anyways, ya’ll didn’t come here for a lesson on Texas, so get ready cause I am fixin’ to tell ya’ll about my wine adventure in the Burgundy village of Fixin!
So it was 10am, I had my coffee in hand, fixin’ to go wine tasting in FIXIN!! (about 20 min south of Dijon)
**if you are reading this on Facebook you must go to my blog site to see the videos on here (6 of them!)**
Me having some fun with my fellow classmates, well they were unaware, but it was fun for me!
Time to get off the bus!!
Our whole group, the three MSc Programs at my school!
The video trip I took for you going down into the cellar of the Clos St. Louis!
Shhh! The wine is sleeping in there!!
The device used for the old method of corking bottles, one by one!
Mmmmm gougères!!! aka Cheesy Bread Puffs Link!
How to make a KIR, the regional specialty drink, thought up by one of the previous mayors of Dijon, Canon Felix Kir. Step One, Pour some Creme de Cassis, aka Black Currant Liquor!
Then you add some Aligote. Pronounced ‘ah-lee-go-tay’. Now if you have been following my blog, or you know a bit about wine, you know that here in Burgundy the white grape varietal is primarily Chardonnay, but Aligote is the small exception to that rule and is used quite often as an ‘aperitif’ and for making KIR!!
The wines we tasted! We tried one from the base of the Burgundy classification pyramid, regional Burgundy wine, meaning the grapes can come from anywhere in Burgundy. It is the 2nd to the left labeled Burgundy Chardonnay. The next level up the classification pyramid are wines made from grapes coming from a certain village, like Fixin, and are called….Village wine, the bottle to the far right labeled ‘Fixin’. The two on the right are the Creme de Cassis and Aligote used to make the KIR!!
KIR, VINES, SUN….what more can I ask for?
If that ain’t french countryside kitchen for you, I don’t know what is!
Burgundy Food! A type of potato salad, pate, parsley ham, carrot salad, salmon pate, jellied peas & chicken, beet salad! OH MAN IT WAS FINGER LICKING GOOD!!!
Yes!!! Stinky yet OH SO Yummy Burgundy Cheese!!
Mmmmm, Fixin wine!!
You can imagine my shock, when the director of our program took us on the longest hike of my life. He is hard core! I mean, I have been hiking before, but never after wine tasting! (Or stuffing my face full of Burgundy food specialties)
I hope you appreciated the efforts I went through to get you this footage and these photos! This forest is special, essentially because the owner Captain Noisot recreated the way the island of Elba looked like when he was there to accompany Napoleon during his rule/exile on Elba Island. For more info click here Because he was super loyal to good ole Napole, Noisot had a special statue created in honor of Napoleon placed here in the Parc as well as having his body buried so that he could be facing the statue for all eternity. Here is a link to a page explaining a little more about Fixin and mentions a blurb about this Parc Noisot and the Napoleon statue there, CLICK HERE. All I know is he must be some sort of masochist, because damn, that hike was a workOUT!!
Replica of Napoleon’s Casa during his exile to Elba Island.
Trying to channel my inner Napoleon! It was the wine, yes, I blame it on the wine!
I was trying to channel one of those typical American Horror Films that occur in the forest…only I’m in France.
I know I am ridiculous!
Say Howdy to Napoleon! (The famous Statue I was telling you about)
Is that steep or what?
Don’t Look Down!!
View from the top!
Breathtaking Church with its own vines!
The entire Masters of Wine Business Program (Director/Staff/Students)
See you on the next one!!!
Vinously Speaking & Vinously Yours,
The Ceci Sipper!