Preparing a wine shipment - Circa 1948

Preparing a wine shipment - Circa 1948

 Great Grandpa Gabart

Great Grandpa Gabart

 Nana - She passed in 2009 at 101

Nana - She passed in 2009 at 101

 Great grandmother Manée

Great grandmother Manée

I was born in Libourne near the beautiful village of St-Emilion to a family of wine merchants. We have been in the wine business in the Bordeaux area since 1706. My 6 time great grandfather Vincent was a barrel maker then. The family on my grandmother's side id from a small village near Sarlat in the Dordogne. We still own the family farm we built there in 1635... 

After studying cooking in Lyon at The Paul Bocuse School for The Culinary Arts, I moved to the States and worked for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for a decade.

When I returned to Bordeaux in 2005, I decided to welcome guests into my parents' home using their small château as a  B&B. During that time, I took a lot of pleasure and pride in helping my guests planning their days in the area. I would send them to my favorite restaurants and wineries, antique stores and brocantes, local Farmers' markets... We would even cook and have dinner together sometimes. After a while I started to accompany them on their daily adventures. As people's interest grew around these services, I ended up doing that full time. That's how I found mu "joie de vivre"...

Years of travel and experience have told me one thing: we have to do what makes us come alive. For me it's sharing my love for food and the place where I was born... my French heaven.

I hope to see you soon! 

 At the farm - Circa 1939

At the farm - Circa 1939

 1927. My grandparents' wedding in front of the house where I offer to serve you lunch...

1927. My grandparents' wedding in front of the house where I offer to serve you lunch...

 Leaving for church - The Dordogne family farm had become a Summer retreat - Circa 1939

Leaving for church - The Dordogne family farm had become a Summer retreat - Circa 1939