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Six-Day Bordeaux Wine & Jazz Adventure
Join professional musician Mindi Abair and her wine expert husband Eric Guerra on this six-day Wine & Jazz Adventure of Bordeaux, France. Traveling in a small group with a true rock star is an opportunity few people will ever have.
In 2023 we have two tour dates: August 15 – 20 and August 22 – 27, 2023. The August 15 – 20 tour date is sold out. To get on the waitlist, please email info@nullTasteVacations.com. The August 22 – 27, 2023 date still has spaces open.
Each day we will luxuriate in our five-star hotel in the center of Bordeaux, taste wines at some of the premier chateau in the region, and eat amazing food. We’ll be treated to private concerts by Mindi and her musician friends – concerts that will be worth the price of the tour alone.
The term Bordeaux refers not only to the region and its capital city but also to wines produced from this area. The region is the birthplace of the first known Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines and stretches from Soulac-sur-Mer and the Médoc in the north to the vineyards of Graves and Cerons in the south. Approximately 20,000 producers farm around 250,000 acres of vines, producing approximately 850 million bottles of wine each year! Around 200 years ago, the city of Bordeaux was dubbed “little Paris” due to its distinguished 17th-century architecture and more recently has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On this tour, we’ll taste a wide range of Bordeaux wines from both the Left and Right Banks. We’ll visit several quaint, ancient villages within the region, including Paulliac, Cap Ferret, and Saint-Emilion, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll explore many breathtaking winery estates, several with quite prestigious pedigrees. We’ll venture into various wine caves with incredible histories, stores of outstanding wine, and even delicious cheeses! And to round things out, we’ll add to our wine knowledge by visiting a world-class interactive wine museum, La Cite du Vin. All that, plus incredible music.
By the end of your vacation, you’ll have a well-balanced perspective of what Bordeaux is all about and will know at least in part the life of a world-traveling, wine-loving rock star.Book Bordeaux Adventure
- Enjoy outstanding concerts in amazing settings with 2X Grammy-nominated Mindi Abair and her musician friends
- Travel in an intimate group with Mindi and her wine star husband Eric Guerra
- Visit iconic Bordeaux wineries on both the Left Bank and Right Bank
- Dine at top French restaurants including one that has the best cheese cave in Bordeaux
- Explore the ancient subterrainean Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church
Welcome to the wine capital of France! We will meet in our downtown five-star hotel at 1:30 PM for a introductions, an overview of the tour, and a wine tasting featuring both wines of Bordeaux and those from our hosts Mindi and Eric. Later in the afternoon we have an optionalwalking tour of the lovely city of Bordeaux, taking in as many sights as possible, including Mirroir d’eau, Place de la Bourse, Rue Saint Pierre, Rue Saint Catherine, La Grande Cloche, and Marché des Capucins.
Dinner this evening is at La Brasserie Bordelaise, only a few blocks from our hotel, for a classic Sud-Ouest (South West France) meal.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will make our way to the Left Bank of Bordeaux to Médoc. Our first stop will have you believe that we’ve stumbled upon a fairy tale as we will be exploring the castle of Chateau Pichon Baron Longueville. Our visit will take us into the cellars underneath the impeccably manicured lawn and finish with a tasting of one of their unreleased wines.
For lunch, we’ll head into the town of Pauillac to a quaint little restaurant along the River Gironde, partaking in the local seafood. Once we’ve eaten our fill, we will set off for another engaging tasting at Château Lynch-Bages where we’ll also hear from Mindi in her first concert of the week.
We’ll then return to Bordeaux where you’ll have time to relax and explore on your own. That evening, we’ll reconvene in our hotel’s lobby and walk to Baud et Millet for dinner – a cheese lover’s paradise! They have their own cheese-aging cave where you can go in and help yourself to over 100 different cheeses from all over France. You also have the opportunity to pair regional wines with the cheese of your choice. C’est magnifique!
Yesterday we explored the Left Bank of Bordeaux, today we’ll explore the Right Bank! We begin with a tour and tasting at Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, a Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé. It was once cultivated by an order of monks and even has an extensive network of underground limestone caves.
Once we’ve tasted a few of their well-known Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon blends, we’ll depart for the village of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the celebrated center of Left Bank wine production. This picturesque village dates back to ancient times with its unique Romanesque architecture and ruins scattered amongst the narrow and steep streets. You will have free time to explore and grab lunch on your own at one of the many quaint cafes.
Our next concert will be in Saint-Emilion with special local guests of Mindi. After the concert we will head to the village’s namesake monolithic church where we’ll learn about the story of Monk Emilion, the carving of the monolithic underground church, and the fascinating catacombs. Once back above ground, we will drive back to Bordeaux where you will have time to relax. In the evening, we will engage in a cooking demonstration and dinner at a local cooking school.
Today we explore the wine region of Graves and Sauternes, a larger region than Medoc but producing only about half the amount of wine. We start with a tour and tasting at Château Haut Bailly, a Cru Classé Graves in 1953 set in a gorgeous 19th-century chateau. This will be an exclusive visit to discover the secrets of their grand cru and a tasting of three wines including an older vintage paired with cheese and nuts. Due to the surrounding gravely fossil soil, there is more of a mineral taste to their Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blends.
After, we set off for Sauternes and stop for a hearty lunch along the way at Auberges Les Vignes, an adorably cozy restaurant where meals – the specialty is local fish – are cooked over an open fire. We then continue on our way to the stunning estate of Château Suduiraut, formerly Formerly Cru du Roy. The estate encompasses 200 hectares of land of which 98 hectares are vineyard – 90% of their grapes are Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. The Chateau’s gardens were designed by Le Nôtre who designed gardens for Louis XIV; they are the perfect location for our third concert of the week. After the concert and our exploration of the estate, we will engage in their Masterclass tour and tasting, which is a vertical tasting of three wines served in black glasses, challenging you to match the wine with the aromas revealed in the Aroma Gallery.
This evening, you will have a chance to further explore the city of Bordeaux and have dinner on your own.
After breakfast we move right into a gastronomic luxury, a visit to Mademoiselle de Margaux for an“Awaken your Senses Workshop”. What a way to awaken your senses this morning.
We then head to Chateau Lauduc on the outskirts of Bordeaux where we will engage in a wine blending session, which is a fantastic way to experiment, have fun, and educate yourself on what types of wine you really like. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to Bordeaux for a bit of rest before listening to Mindi and a special guest perform in her fourth of final concert of the week.
Tonight we feast at La Belle Époque, a superb quayside restaurant. Formerly the Nantes Hotel, the restaurant has maintained the exquisite decor that was designed by Amedee de Caranza at the end of the 19th century – making it a grand setting for our farewell dinner.
On our last day of the tour, we take the tram to Bordeaux’s world-class interactive wine museum, La Cité du Vin. A fun way to cap off the trip, we’ll learn about the world of wine – from history, viticulture, producers, and Bordeaux in general.
The museum is visually and architecturally spectacular both inside and out – the building itself is built to resemble “the swirls in a wine glass”! It offers hands-on, hi-tech exhibits where you are encouraged to use all five of your senses. To top things off, we’ll have a world wine tasting on the eighth floor while taking in the 360-degree view of Bordeaux.
After we’ve soaked up some wine knowledge, we’ll head back to our hotel to check out and say our goodbyes.
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"Outstanding! The energy of the group was so remarkable. This was a testament to Mindi and Eric whose genuine enthusiasm was contagious. I always felt well taken care of: great accommodations, excellent food, comfortable transportation."Allison S.
"For the wine and music lover, it doesn't get better than this!"Karen P.
Nights 1 – 5: Situated on the Place de la Comedie in the center of Bordeaux, the Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel has for over 200 years been the center of the city’s luxury tourism. It sits opposite the Opera National de Bordeaux and is within walking distance of many of the city’s top sights. Inside, the five-star hotel features two restaurants, including one with two Michelin Stars, and a 1,000 square meter (10,800 square feet spa). You can also relax – when we have free time – on the rooftop bar overlooking the city.
What is Included
- All Local Transportation
- Double Occupancy Lodging
- All of your meals except one lunch
- All Scheduled Activities
- Wine During Organized Tastings
- Professional Tour Guide
- Daily concerts except on first and last days
Not Included: Travel to and from destination, wine with meals, personal expenses, and optional gratuities to local staff and your guide. Travel insurance is also not included, though we highly recommend it. Check out our Travel Insurance page for more information.
While the general trip itinerary will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common — restaurants close or lose their amazing chef, a winery changes their visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, etc. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance.
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Arrival & Departure
We meet at 1:30 PM on the first day of the tour at our downtown Bordeaux hotel, allowing you to arrive either that morning or the day before. The tour finishes in Bordeaux before lunch on the final day of the tour. There are no direct flights from the United States to Bordeaux, but you can easily fly through Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG). At the end of the tour, you may want to extend your stay in France and book a train from Bordeaux (Bordeaux-Saint-Jean Train Station) to other popular areas such as Nice, Paris, or Marseille.