Music and Markets in Bordeaux

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Imagine experiencing everything France has to
offer—wine, food, music, and atmosphere—in a fabulous
never-to-be-forgotten week. Then imagine no longer, and let Music and
Markets make it come true.

 

Unique
among experiences in the travel industry, Music and Markets in Bordeaux
offers an extraordinary combination of France’s best—a unique
grape-treatment spa, sublime cuisine, wines to swoon over, and best of
all, mingling with world-class musicians throughout the day before
hearing them perform in an intimate setting each evening.

 

Music
and Markets indulges guests during this week with a delightfully rich
menu of culture and gastronomy. The first night is spent in the
medieval wine village of St. Emilion, walking through the cobbled lanes
lined with gorgeous honey-hued homes and monuments, elegant churches,
inviting shops, and evocative ruins.

 

The
next day, participants luxuriate, relax, and rejuvenate during a
morning of pampering at the world-renowned Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa.
After a drive through the lush rolling hills and green valleys of the
Perigord region, guests are welcomed to a hilltop chateau.

 

For
the next three days, guests tour the gardens of family-owned Chateau
Sardi in Bordeaux, including a bountiful parlor lunch and a concert on
a unique double piano with an amazing musical history. They choose
between a cooking class with Chef Georges or a wine-tasting class with
John Salvi, Master of Wine. And they visit a nearby Bordeaux winery,
gaining insight into the intricacies of quality wine making and
enjoying an opportunity to purchase wines direct from the viticulteur.

 

But
it is the afternoon and evening itineraries for the three days that set
this Bordeaux offering apart from all others. Guests enjoy a lively
house party with world-class musicians and fellow music lovers at Le
Faure, a beautifully restored wine estate in the midst of Bordeaux
vineyards. Evenings are spent mingling with other guests, savoring hors
d’ oeuvres and aperitifs before stepping into the salon of La Musique,
where artists introduce the works prepared for the evening. This
incredible venue, originally designed in the 1700s as a celebration
hall for the vendage, is a concert salon unlike any other, with
wonderful oak beams, stone arched windows, and a superb Steinway
previously owned by Alfred Brendel.

 

And
then dinner. These nightly creations of Chef Georges Gotrand, an artist
in his own right, are presented by candlelight. Georges introduces each
night’s elegant menu, and the resident master of wine says a few words
about the night’s wines. After the main course guests return to La
Musique for a short, more informal concert before returning to L’
Orangerie for an impressively bountiful cheeseboard, dessert, and
coffee.

 

“There
is simply nothing like this experience anywhere,” notes Kirk Woodyard,
co-founder of Music & Markets. “Each day new guests arrive, some to
perform and some to listen. And you can’t tell the difference until you
strike up a conversation. But everybody’s on vacation so everyone
enjoys the exquisite food, the wine- growers’ tours, and the tastings
together. The Bordeaux tour is my personal favorite of the year.”

 

This
potent combination of superb wines, pampering, fabulous music, and an
intimate setting in idyllic countryside begins October 3. Each Music
and Markets tour is limited to no more than 10 people, allowing each
participant to receive personal service and attention unavailable on
other tour packages. In the comfortable and intimate Music and Markets
group setting, clients are always heard, catered to, and made
comfortable.

 

For
more information about the Music and Markets in Bordeaux tour, or any
other Music and Markets offering, call 1-703-476-4357 or visit
www.musicetc.us

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