Charente is our enemy, Périgord is our friend
Trip Start Jun 01, 2012
28Trip End Aug 13, 2012
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So, we hit the road; we had actually planned today as a mostly travel day, getting from Angouleme to Sarlat, in Périgord. Flipping through the book randomly, I hit upon the idea of going to Bergerac to go the vineyards there. In retrospect, I think this was a much better idea than going to Cognac, since it's obviously better to go somewhere Americans have never heard of (much less competition). We first went to the "Maison des Vins," a sort of wine tourist office in the middle of town, where we got some (very good) free samples, a couple of nice bottles of wine, and a map of nearby vineyards; after this, we headed south of town to the Montbazillac region, and stopped at 3 wineries there. Actually, we stopped at the first 3 open ones that we stumbled across; there were dozens more in the area, but actually the constraining factor was the need to sober enough to drive, as well as time. We had a lot of really good wines. The area is actually most famous for its syrupy sweet whites, which I enjoy, but Jola is not a fan of; I did manage to get her to admit there was some merit to an especially heavily oaked version, at least an intellectual exercise
When we realized we couldn't take anymore, we headed to our hotel in Sarlat, and did the usual settling in, heading into town for dinner, which was only notable in that it featured a goose gizzard salad (goose gizzard is a Périgordian specialty; Jola had in in her "périgordien" soufflé back in Angers, and I had "périgordien" gizzard sandwich yesterday). It seems that France is always digging up new animal parts for me to eat (andouilette being old hat at this point). Now, I think I'll head to bed; we need to get up in the morning and try to get cave tickets....