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I’m finishing up all the last-minute preparations and details – I take off for France on Saturday and will be gone for six weeks. That’s a long one, longer than I’m typically away, and I will very much be missing my girls. Pirrie has the last few weeks of sophomore year to finish up, and then she and Martha will be heading across the pond to join me (after they do a girls-only trip to Amsterdam for a few days – I must say I’m a little jealous!)
After years of people asking us if we’re ever doing tours of Champagne, we’re doing tours of Champagne! In fact I’ve got two groups of customers coming to Champagne with me, one right after the other, and we kick it all off a week from today. We’ll be tasting with a lot of my producers, and eating exceedingly well – including dinner at l’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin 3-star and one of my current favorite restaurants on the planet.
After two back-to-back tours of Champagne I’ll be heading down to Burgundy, where we’ll start filming our Three Days of Glory documentary on May 30th. With the recent killer frost and massive crop loss this year, Three Days of Glory may be turning into One Day of Intense Sadness. Life, and all the traditional celebrations will go on, of course, but there will certainly be dark clouds hovering over everything in Burgundy this year. That’s the thing about documentaries – the film may end up taking unexpected turns over the course of the shoot. It’s not like we have a script. We think we know what this movie is about, but we’ll see what shape it takes as we go. Never a dull moment, to be sure.
Then I’ve got a group of customers coming over for our annual one-week insider’s immersion in Burgundy – tasting, tasting, tasting, eating, eating, eating (yes, I love my job) – and then I’ll meet my girls in Sweden for our first real vacation together in a long time. I’m really looking forward to it all, and to bringing you all the news and photos from the front lines all along our various journeys. Stay tuned for all the action (and please share with any friends who'd like to follow along – this one is gonna rock!)