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A Château Adventure in Normandy

 

St. Paterne

St. Paterne

with Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray
Château de Saint Paterne

Normandy, the land of Camembert, calvados, cider, and cream, with its villages of timbered houses and picture-perfect rolling hills, is among the richest and most beautiful countryside in France. With miles of coastline bordering the English Channel, Norman cuisine abounds with the delicacies of the sea. Dover sole is king, but monkfish, turbot, and flounder are plentiful, as are oysters, scallops, and mussels.

Come savor these splendors with us at the lovely, 15th, 16th, 17th century Château de Saint Paterne, once the love nest of Henry IV. Charles-Henry de Valbray, a young man of “infectious enthusiasm and exquisite taste,” and Ségolène, his lovely wife, have restored the family’s château with great care.St. Paterne Salon

Tourte de Carottes

Tourte de Carottes

For six days and five nights, Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray will be our hosts as we visit farms and tiny villages, stopping to taste perfectly ripened Camembert and fresh cider made the traditional way. Our cooking classes will be in Charles-Henry and Ségolène’s delightful new kitchen in the château, where we will learn to prepare such delicacies as Tourte de carottes, Sole meunière, Souris d’agneau, and Tarte Tatin with Calvados. Our gastronomic exploration will be enhanced by visits to the Normandy Beaches and the American Cemetery,  Saumur and a tour of medieval Le Mans. Cooking classes are limited to 10 participants.

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1  

• Afternoon rendezvous at the train station in Le Mans.
• Visit to the medieval town of LeMans with its celebrated cathedral and fortifications dating from the 3rd century.
• Aperitifs and festive welcome dinner at St. Paterne

Day 2

•  A full day on the Normandy coast.
•  Morning visit to the Peace Memorial in Caen followed by a visit to the Normandy Beaches and the American Cemetery with an English-speaking guide.
•  Lunch by the sea (not included).
•  Dinner at “home” in our château.

St. Paterne Dining Room

St. Paterne Dining Room

Day 3  

•  Morning cooking class at Château de Saint Paterne.
•  Lunch at Château Saint Paterne.
•  Free afternoon for relaxing, shopping or visiting the local town of Alençon.
•  Dinner at “home” in our château.

Day 4  

• A day in the Loire Valley visiting a local winemaker with a visit and tasting in his cave.
• Lunch included (fixed menu) including wine.
• Free time for shopping or exploring the charming town and castle of Saumur.
• Dinner at “home” in our château.

Day 5  

St. Paterne Pintade à la Normandie

St. Paterne Pintade à la Normandie

•  A visit to a local bustling market and food shopping.
•  Stroll through picturesque St. Ceneri le Gerei – listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
•  Lunch in Saint Ceneri at a local auberge (not included).
•  Cooking class at the Château.
•  Elegant Farewell dinner at St.  Paterne.

St. Paterne Breakfast

St. Paterne Breakfast

Day 6

• Departure in the morning after breakfast.

• Transportation provided back to Le Mans (TGV station).

 

 

 

 

Accommodations & Cost

Trip Dates: Trip will begin on a Sunday and end on a Friday.
Accommodations:
 All participants stay at the Château de Saint Paterne, a beautifully restored 15th/16th/17th century château owned by Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray. Each room includes a private bathroom.
Included in the cost: 5 nights accommodations; all breakfasts (5); 2 lunches and 5 dinners,  including aperitifs and carefully selected regional wines, soft drinks, etc.; 2 full cooking classes; and all sightseeing and private visits as described above.
Not Included in Cost: Train fare from Paris to Le Mans and return; alcoholic beverages except as specified in the program, and meals not specified.
Cost: $3790 per person, single supplement $500.  Important note: substantial changes in the value of the dollar may require changes in the price of the tour.
Deposit: $1000. per person.

 

Register for this trip by contacting Patti Ravenscroft at patricia.ravenscroft@gmail.com  or info@deliciousconnections.com — check-out the general information section about Les Liaisons Délicieuses trips — see what other travelers have to say — check for when this trip is scheduled or discuss a custom trip based on this itinerary.

A Fabulous Feast on the Food and Wine of Bordeaux

FULLwith Chef Michel Gautier and Sommelier Kinette Gautier
Château Meyre

Patti enjoying champagne with Kinette, Maitre Sommelier

Patti enjoying champagne with Kinette, Maitre Sommelier

More than any other area in France, or perhaps in the world, Bordeaux is known for its wine. Some 3,000 châteaux produce wines, including the rich, luscious reds with names like St. Estèphe, Pauillac, and Margaux from the north, and St. Emilion and Pomerol from the east, with the delectible white sauternes such as Château d’Yquem from the south rounding out the vinicultural treasure-trove. The cuisine of the Bordelais reflects this abundance of delicious wines and features such dishes as daube bordelaise (beef, slowly braised in red wine and shallots), bar au vin rouge (bass in a red wine, cream sauce), and tourin bordelais (a wine-based onion soup, thickened with egg yolks). To the west of Bordeaux lies the great basin of Arcachon, fringed with pine forests and filled with acre upon acre of oyster and mussel beds. These plentiful delicacies are served on the half shell, poached, steamed with a cream and wine sauce, or grilled on bed of pine needles (éclade de moules).

If all this titillates your taste buds, join us at the lovely Château Meyre in the Haut Médoc for a week of the finest wining and dining with Michelin one-star Chef Michel Gautier, maître cuisinier of France, and Kinette Gautier, maître sommelier.

Kinette, Maître Sommelier

Kinette, Maître Sommelier

Their knowledge of the food and wine of Bordeaux is exceptional and their hospitality gracious and chaleureuse.

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in the afternoon at the Bordeaux train station.
  • Settle into rooms at the Château Meyre with time to relax or enjoy a game of tennis.
  • Champagne and festive welcome dinner with the Gautier’s at Château Meyre.
  • Regional specialties and wines from Château Meyre will be featured.

Day 2

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

  • After breakfast, depart for Bordeaux.
  • Sunday Market Visit with the Chef in Bordeaux. Each participant will select one item that will be part of the surprise dinner menu.
  • Lunch at the Bordeaux market.
  • Guided tour of the old city with a focus on the history of wine-making and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
  • Late afternoon cooking class with Chef Gautier in his kitchen featuring items from the Bordeaux market.
  • Dinner with the Gautier’s in their lovely dining room, formerly the restaurant Le Rouzic (1 star in the Michelin Guide).
  • Wines selected by Kinette Gautier, Maître Sommelier.


Day 3

  • After breakfast, depart for Bordeaux.

    Château Meyre

    Château Meyre

  • Shopping in the morning with Kinette.
  • Visit to the Cité du Vin and lunch at Le 7 Restaurant.
  • Return to Château Meyre for the “Soirée Rose: La Vie en Rose”.
  • Dinner at Château Meyre.
  • Wines will include Rosés des Grands Crus from Bordeaux and Provence.

Day 4

  • After breakfast, depart for the medieval town of St. Émilion.

    St. Émilion

    St. Émilion

  • Vineyard visit and dégustation of wines from Château Angelus, Grand Cru Classé A, with the proprietor Monsieur Jean Bernard Grenie.
  • Lunch at the brasserie of Château La Dominique.
  • Visit and dégustation at the Château Cheval Blanc.
  • Visit and dégustation of wines from Château Sansonnet, Grand Cru Classé.
  • Cooking class and Dinner with wines from Chàteau Sansonnet.

 

Day 5

  • Visit and dégustation at Château d’Yquem.

    Château d'Yquem

    Château d’Yquem

  • Special Lunch in the area and afternoon visit of another wonderful winery.
  • Visit and dégustation at Château Climens.
  • Dinner at Château Climens with the owners featuring wines from the Château cellar.

 

Day 6

  • Vineyard visit and dégustation with Kinette Gautier at the famous Château Margaux.

    Château Margaux

    Château Margaux

  • Lunch in the village of Lynch Bages.
  • Afternoon visit to a surprise Château, Grand Cru Classé.
  • Farewell gala dinner at the Château Meyre.

Day 7

  • Departure for the Bordeaux train station after breakfast.

 

Accommodations & Cost

Accommodations: All château bedrooms include a private bathroom.
Included in the cost: Six nights accommodations; all ground transportation; all meals including aperitifs and carefully selected regional wines; all cooking classes; and all sightseeing and private visits as described above. Limited to ten class participants.
Not Included in Cost: Transportation to and from Bordeaux; alcoholic beverages except as specified in the program.
Cost: $6,990.00 per person, $600 single supplement. Important note: substantial changes in the value of the dollar may require changes in the price of the tour.
Deposit: $1,000.00 per person.

 

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A Fall Feast on the Food and Wine of Alsace

with Chef Michel Husser
Le Cerf, Marlenheim

Grapes, Alsace

Grapes, Alsace

Bordered on the east by the Rhine River and on the west by the rugged Vosges Mountains lies Alsace — a true gourmand’s delight. Its remarkably rich soil, long summer days, and brilliant blue skies are ideal for grains (sweet breads), fruit trees (eaux de vie and fruit tarts), and for slowly ripening grapes which produce the delicious Alsatian wines — wines which rival the very best in France. Imagine tasting a perfectly ripe, golden Munster cheese with a fine glass of Gewurztraminer or a slice of poached Alsatian foie gras with a Tokay Pinot Gris. Choucroute, tarte flambée (a thick, creamy onion tart), and matelot à l’alsacienne (a fish stew with Reisling wine sauce) round out the local specialties.

Patti picking grapes, Alsace

Patti picking grapes, Alsace

Come savor these flavors with us in Marlenheim at the lovely Hôtel Le Cerf where we will be wined, dined, and introduced to the secrets of classic and contemporary Alsacian cuisine with Michel Husser, a Michelin two-star chef, as our guide. Chef Husser is the fourth generation of Husser chefs to delight his guests with the most exquisite dishes Alsace has to offer. And, he does so with a warmth and exuberance which is extraordinary.

This exciting program includes two hands-on cooking classes with Chef Husser. Also included is a market visit, a grape picking expedition with the Chef, the opportunity to visit the charming town of Strasbourg, and several winery visits with Idégustations.

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

  • Late morning rendezvous at the Strasbourg train station.
  • Arrive at the Hôtel Le Cerf in Marlenheim before lunch.
  • Lunch at Le Cerf.
  • Afternoon cooking class.
  • Introduction to Alsatian wines.
  • Festive welcome dinner at Le Cerf.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning visit with artist M. Spindler, master of marquetry, including a private tour of his studio.
  • Lunch at Restaurant Le Parc.
  • Afternoon visit to several of Alsace’s finest wineries including dégustations.
  • Dinner at Le Cerf.

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning in Strasbourg, including a tour of the spectacular cathedral and a boat tour of La Petite France.
  • Market visit in Marlenheim.
  • Sunday lunch in the garden of Robert Husser, Chef Michel’s father and former two-star chef at Le Cerf.
  • Afternoon promenade in the forest followed by aperitifs with the chef’s hunting buddies at their beautiful farmhouse.
  • Dinner with the Husser family at their favorite weinstaub specializing in tarte flambée.

Day 4

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning tour of the vineyards of Alsatian wine maker Mosbach, with an opportunity to assist in the vendage.
  • Aperitifs among the vines.
  • Lunch with the vintners in their cave.
  • Afternoon cooking class.
  • Gala farewell dinner at Le Cerf.

Day 5

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Strasbourg train station after breakfast.

Accommodations & Cost

Accommodations: All hotel bedrooms include a private bathroom and direct dial phone service.
Included in the cost: Four nights accommodations; all ground transportation; all meals including aperitifs and carefully selected regional wines; all cooking classes; and all sightseeing and private visits as described above. Limited to ten class participants.
Not Included in Cost: Airfare; train to and from Strasbourg; alcoholic beverages except as specified in the program.
Cost: $3,390.00 per person, single supplement $400.00. Important note: substantial changes in the value of the dollar may require changes in the price of the tour.
Deposit: $1,000.00 per person.

 

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