Home of the great sweet whites - dry whites and reds too
By Jane Anson
This Guide was last updated on 11 May 2010
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There are several events to enjoy local wines, especially sweet whites, with foie gras and with a backdrop of illuminated châteaux.
A weekend (usually in early August, but check ahead) where a number of events are set around the backdrop of châteaux illuminated at night – concerts, markets, tastings, art exhibitions. Last year, the weekend coincided with the tourist office in Langon offering day or whole weekend horse-back rides through the vineyards.
Usually held on the last weekend in November, this Christmas-themed festival pairs up locally-produced foie gras (mostly from the Landes region) with the local sticky wine. There are a series of lunches and dinners held at several estates, alongside other events.
Useful information: Tel: 05 56 62 92 22; programme available on the website www.vins-loupiac.com
Not held in Sauternes itself, but this new marketing organisation holds regular ‘Sweet Hours’ in bars and restaurants around Bordeaux city, offering cocktails made from a base of sweet wines. The website has a range of events, recipes and more.
Useful information: Web: www.sweetbordeaux.com
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