Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Week 39 2017


The wine harvest are underway.  There's no denying, 2017 will be an interesting vintage.  The frosts at the end of April destroyed as much as 50% of the grapes on some vineyards, the unusual weather throughout the summer months, and the coldest September in 25 years have all added to the trials and tribulations of this year's production.

We wait and see.  These grapes on the plateau of St Emilion look pretty healthy and the harvests are underway in most of the Bordeaux regions.  Thank you Bellawines for this great photo from Château la Mission Haut-Brion in Pessac-Léognan.

Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion
Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, watch out for those harvesting tractors, they're enormous!

Best wishes,

Week 39 

Monday 18 September

18 September : To celebrate the harvest of the new 2017 millésime the UDP of Saint-Emilion opens its doors and transports you to the heart of the action, from collecting the grape through to its journey into the wine cellars, come and discover this machine that is out of the ordinary and the passionate team ! 
The free visit is only available through prior appointment from monday to saturday at 5pm and 5:30pm from the 18th of September until the 7th of October. Please note the visit is exclusively in French.  For more information and bookings please telephone : +33(0) or email

Tuesday 19 September

Wednesday 20 September

Thursday 21 September

21 September 20h45 : My Cousin Rachel  is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.
A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Clafin and Holliday Grainger.

Friday 22 September

22 September 18h15: Buena Vista Social Club is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.  Starring Company Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez. 

22 September 9h30 : Porte Ste Foy et Ponchapt invite you to discover the health benefits of walking.  Walk, Eat, Discover, and a glass of wine at the end! 

22 September 19h : La Nuit de la Chauve-Souris. The night of the Bats.  Find out all about this amazing little creatures and discover them flying around the chateau in Duras. 

22 September 20h30 : Jazz and dinner in Grezillac.

22 September 20h30 : Barber Shop comes to Ste Foy at the Salle Clarisse Brian.  Free entry.  I've seen Bruna Bujtenhuis before, he's fun and talented.

22 September 20h45 : The Collégiades concerts are back in Saint-Emilion at the Collegiate Church. This concert will see the festival welcoming the Prague Conservatory Orchestra into the Church. 
Entry : 15€/pers. or free for under children under 15

22 - 23 - 24 September : Art Exhibitions at venues throughout St Emilion.  A wide range of art to visit - free entry.

Saturday 23 September

23 September 9h30 - 15h : The Great Phoenix Book fair in Campsegret in aid of the Phoenix Association animal care and re-homing. 

23 - 24 September : Pastels Exhibition by Peter Thomas at Les Jardins du Sardy.

Sunday 24 September

24 September : Brocante Vide Grenier at Menesplet

24 September : Brocante Vide Grenier at Montpon Menesterol

24 September : Sauveterre de Guyenne hosts a day of craftsmen and women.  A whole range of skills on display, weaving, glass blowing, soap making, build a bread over to name a few... Looks interesting...

24 September : Brocante Vide Grenier in Moulon

24 September : Brocante Vide Grenier in Coutras at the hockey rink

24 September : Les Puces in Ste Foy la Grande

24 September 18h15 : My Cousin Rachel  is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.
24 September 20h45 : Buena Vista Social Club is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.

Coming up...

26 September 18h15: Buena Vista Social Club is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.

At Porte Ste Foy

And finally...

The end of season tomatoes become a tomato sauce...


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