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|L. to R.: John Hoedemakers (Dutch), Stacy Foree (American), Rene Foree (Dutch), LA, Susan, |
and Jolanda Geerdink (Dutch) having a night out on the town celebrating Rene's birthday
The capital city of Marigot is perhaps the most French in spirit of all the cities in the Caribbean. Colonial houses stand beside smart cafés and bistros, pastry shops and luxury boutiques, and in many ways it looks just like any of the French market towns you might expect to find on the Continent.
The steep climb up to the summit provided a panoramic view of the island and the sea surrounding it, and the view was stunning. We could see all the way to neighboring Anguilla.
The most beautiful and colorful views were the town of Marigot and the surrounding harbor. The hill in the background is called "The Witch's Tit" and the surrounding waters are the anchorage next to the Causeway Bridge on the French side. The red flowering tree in the right foreground is the Flamboyant Tree.
Behind us is Marigot Bay, a popular anchorage during the high season. Although many cruisers have moved on, there are still a lot of boats in the anchorage. The water is clear and beautiful.
We reached the summit!
The view... spectacular!
Locked in jail! We had fun playing at the fort!
There was one other place we wanted to visit in Marigot. An authentic French Wine shoppe! Our friend and wine sommelier Rene Foree introduced to us this little treasure during the Heineken Regatta.
Le Gout du Vin, "A Taste of Wine", has a great selection of more than 800 fine liquors...wines from all over the world, top brands of Champagne, and fine alcohols. It's a classic little French wine shop and it was fun to check out all the different wines.
Open since 1991, Le Gout du Vin sells to individuals, yacht provisioning services, and to the many fine restaurants on the island. The store clerk was very knowledgeable and LA enjoyed chatting with her about her recommendations for several French wines in our price range ($10-$20/bottle).
There was no shortage of choices. From the very expensive to moderately priced wines, there was something to fit every budget. We wished that Rene Foree, was with us for this visit! He has introduced us to many fine wines in our price range.
French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities of 7–8 billion bottles. France is one of the largest wine producer in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France.
France is the source of many grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries. Although some producers have benefited in recent years from rising prices and increased demand for some of the prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, the French wine industry as a whole has been influenced by a slight decline in domestic consumption.
Here are some of our favorite wines:
If there is one thing that most French wines have in common, it is that most styles have developed as wines meant to accompany food. Good food, good wine...two of the finer pleasures of life!
|Our FaVoRiTe partners in "wine" crime... Rene and Stacy Foree!|
|Especially if one of them happens to be a wine sommelier!
Love ya' Rene!
We love wine!
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