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TRACY CHANG Blog

USA - Wine Bars of Bordeaux - November 2011

TRACY CHANG

WINE BARS OF BORDEAUX

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Even when I decide last minute for a weekend getaway like the recent one to Bordeaux, I end up planning where to eat, drink and shop.


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I think it’s my innate fear of eating and drinking poorly. I come from a family whose dinner-table conversations often focus on tomorrow’s dining plans. So even if my schedule was not forgiving, I made time to do due diligence on the bars du vin and bistros.

But mostly, the bars du vin. In a region celebrated as one of the wine meccas of the world, I cannot pay a visit without studying a few of the haute spots in town. After a tasting at Max Bordeaux Wine Gallery (pictured above), I was glad I did so.

A red carpet greeting followed by suspended wine glasses dangling high above me as I peruse the fine wine selections?  Oui, s’il vous plâit.

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It may as well have been a magic carpet. With the modern enomatic tasting system, you simply buy a ‘tasting card’ which serves like a debit card. You browse the selection of wines located throughout the gallery, insert the card, and select one of three different portionings.

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I opted for small tastes of three extremely unaffordable wines. That’s the whole idea of this system. At this point in my career and life, a 2007 bottle of Chateau Margaux Grand Cru Classé is not comonplace so when the opportunity arises to enjoy unique, quality experiences in food and wine, one must indulge a bit (of course Logical Tracy says ‘within reason’)

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