On the Paths Surrounding the Cote d’Or

14 - 20 October 2019
17 - 24 May 2020 (Sold OUT)

18 - 24 June 2020
19 - 25 OCTOBER 2020


DAY one

We begin the journey in the morning departing from the Geneva airport by private car for the drive over the mountains to the charming town of Arbois. This ville in the heart of the French Jura is the site of Neal’s small, intimate hotel, La Closerie les Capucines, our home for two days. A moment to refresh and repose after arrival, a light lunch at a local bistro or perhaps at La Closerie itself, then begins a deep dive into the wines and tradition of the Jura with a tasting at one of the many wineries with which Neal works in the region. Dinner at the Michelin 2-starred Maison Jeunet will place an exclamation point on the first day.

Arbois, the Jura. The River Cuisance flows past 16th-century stone buildings some with 12th century cellars.

Arbois, the Jura. The River Cuisance flows past 16th-century stone buildings some with 12th century cellars.


After a luxurious breakfast at La Closerie, we set out for Pupillin and the cellars of Mickaël Crinquand for a tasting of his famed wines created from the Ploussard grape (Pupillin being the acknowledged home of this scarce, local variety) and other pleasures of the Crinquand cellar. A short drive follows to visit the famed cheese affineur, Marcel Petite, recognized the world over for the Comté he produces. An elaborate cheese tasting...otherwise known as “lunch”... will provide a moment to relax. Later in the day, we will visit Domaine Montbourgeau, the estate of Nicole Deriaux, whose wines from L’Etoile have surprised and dazzled those most knowledgeable about wine. Dinner at Chateau de Germigny, with its cutting edge cuisine and its fine wine list, closes our time in the Jura.



The morning begins with a short drive to the Cote d’Or where we will taste first with one of Neal’s fine producers in the Cote de Nuits; lunch at La Cabotte in Nuits Saint Georges in the company of another of Neal’s growers will follow. The afternoon will continue our exploration of the Burgundian landscape with another cellar encounter ... this time in the Cote de Beaune. A relaxing, short drive in our private car will take us to the Auberge du Paradis, a romantic retreat in the heart of the Beaujolais district. Cyril and Valerie, proprietors, will greet us in their chic inn and we will dine on Cyril’s masterful and creative cooking — a one-star Michelin table that will surprise and haunt.


There is never enough fine Burgundy to taste, so we will start the day with a return visit to the Cote de Beaune for a tasting and a lunch with one of Neal’s growers. A final cellar visit completes the afternoon before returning to the Auberge du Paradis. Dinner will be at any of a number of outstanding bistros that dot the landscape of the visually stunning Beaujolais and Maconnais hamlets.

Ghislaine Barthod, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod, Chambolle-Musigny, Côte Nuits, Burgundy.

Ghislaine Barthod, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod, Chambolle-Musigny, Côte Nuits, Burgundy.


It will be difficult to depart Auberge du Paradis, particularly after having indulged in one of the finest breakfasts available anywhere — but our visit to the vineyards and a tasting of the wines of Domaine Cheveau in the village of Pouilly will enhance our understanding and appreciation of the grandeur of Burgundy. Lunch at Courtille de Solutré will provide renewed energy to tackle the excitement of the city of Lyon, our next stop. Lodging at the gorgeous Cour des Loges, we will spend the evening at one of the fine theatres in this lovely city, perhaps the “Celestin Theatre de Lyon”. A light dinner or perhaps a larger dining indulgence will be the day’s “dessert”.

“Spiro”, Chateau le Puy, Saint Cibard

“Spiro”, Chateau le Puy, Saint Cibard


The last day before departure will be busy and beautiful. We might start with a visit to the Musée des Beaux Arts; then, we will gather our belongings and drive to Lac du Bourget and the restaurant Lamartine with its fine table and achingly lovely view over this enchanting lake. Perhaps one of Neal’s producers in the Savoie will join us for a leisurely lunch before we head off for Geneva where we will spend the last night at Les Armures, a fine hotel in the old part of the city. An evening boat ride on Lac Leman with a break for dinner at the Auberge de Dully, one of the best-kept secrets for a fun evening of food and wine, will close out our pilgrimage.


On this final day together, we will have a leisurely morning with a robust breakfast at Les Armures — perhaps while sitting on the square in the shadow of the Cathédrale de St. Pierre. Then will come our short jaunt by private car to the Geneva Airport for the return home.

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