This is so cool! I
 cant wait for the next batch!

This is so cool! I
cant wait for the next batch!

Sweeet this is so exciting! Im excited for next 
ones!

Sweeet this is so exciting! Im excited for next
ones!

omg this is so awesome! Too excited for next 
ones!

omg this is so awesome! Too excited for next
ones!

Images from Chateau Kirwan

Day One!

After a really really really early start, we headed off to the Bordeaux Management School for the 40 minute coach ride out to Margaux - Chateau Kirwan.

Great to finally see the famous gravel soils that produce the wines of Bordeaux. I will post a film shot in the vineyards later.

Before lunch we were given a brief overview of the programme. We then met our mentor - Mr. Yves Bénard who is the current president of the OIV & INAO organisations, after being Möet et Chandon chairman for over 20 years. I sat next to him at lunch, it will be interesting to be able to draw on his experience and ideas over the next 2 years.

Lunch was four-course affair paired with Kirwan’s distribution company’s white, their second label and then the Kirwan ‘78. It definitely made up for not having dinner yesterday!

The afternoon ended with us working in groups to begin to identify our wishes and expectations from the course. We were being told to be open minded and keep in mind that as our group is so international (literally people from all over the world are participating), we will experience cultural differences and we should be tolerant of this. In the very next sentence we were then reminded that this is a French programme and will be taught in the French way - sounds like a general get out clause if you ask me. Saw a couple of gallic shrugs from the professors which was curious - and yes, the timetable for the next 2 weeks was amended yet again today.

Got back to the appartments at 7pm and went for a glass of wine with some fellow students: A Canadian who is works outside of the wine industry in finance, and a Brit who works at a London fine wine merchant. We discussed our first impressions of the course, our classmates and our ideas for our thesis. My thesis idea is coming together nicely - I am actually looking forward to the academic challenge (can someone remind me of that in a couple of months please). It also fits nicely to some of the studies that the professors are involved with. I am also looking forward to the Strategic Management part of the course (especially because it is based on the teachings of my undergraduate head of business school’s teachings, so should be straightforward enough!).

Wow that all sounds very scientific doesn’t it? Tomorrow won’t be - it is all about communication & there are professional actors coming in to teach us how to act in certain situations.

We have already been given two assignments and I have a ton of work to get through to - my wines still have to sell!

Sunday is a free day and I am hoping to be able to get out to Cognac and do some tastings there. We are hoping to get a group together to book a 1. Cru tasting at a wine emporium in downtown Bordeaux whilst we are here. Also planning a bring-a-bottle party for October in London.

Cheers!

Quick look at the little flat I have rented here in Bordeaux - AppartCity Mérignac. Have to be up at 6-6:30…. gulp!

Good intentions gone wrong (already)

Managed to check of a couple of thing on my to-do-list (including buying cat supplies, getting watch repaired and buying some gifts). It all went downhill rapidly from about 18.00 when I took the cat supplies to my landlord.

My landlord (Jörg) is a gem - he is an artist and musician and I will often be treated to an impromtu vernissage or song when I see him. His site is: http://www.jacobi-art.com/index.html

I thought I would need about 30 mins to drop off supplies and have a quick chat, but how wrong can a girl (who hasn’t started packing or finished her urgent paperwork) be? I was treated to an impromtu concert with his music partner - Stefan. Their group is called “Ici Mayence”. Out came the ukelele’s, guitars (no harp tonight though) and a good number of rather large glasses of red (Spanish, La Mancha region). As they were starting to sing “Moon River”, Stefan commented “oh we just need some rain and your cat sat on the step crying to get in”. Lo & behold, Smoki’s little face pops up at the window…. that’s when the party really started to rock.

Ah well, only one thing for it, carry on drinking and see if I remember to pack the right things… Ready or not - Adieu Mogontiacum - Bordeaux, here I come!

Question via Facebook today: "Which wine goes best with microwave popcorn and garlic salt?"

Rich, buttery Australian Chardonnay

World wine tour

Today is my last day of rest before my World Wine Tour begins! My Wine MBA studies start this week in Bordeaux. I just need to pack and do fifty-million things before I leave. 

One or two outstanding issues such as getting a month’s supply of cat stuff, repairing my watch along with getting the car to the garage for it’s MOT are smouldering away - yes tomorrow there is a heck of a lot to do.

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