Le pouvoir des raisins

Now that you’re a pro du vin, thanks to Claire, why not kick your expertise up a notch with a film? Tu seras mon fils is the tale of an epic power struggle between father and son. Who will inherit the vineyard, Paul’s biological son Martin, or Philippe, the son of his estate manager? Besides superb performances all around, the family drama will give your new vocabulary a workout. Cépage? No problem. Scene after lush scene will have you versed in the language of viticulture in no time.

But don’t stop here. The Office of Tourism in La Gironde, the region where director Gilles Legrand and his team shot the film, wisely jumped on board with plenty of information for the oenotourist. Follow your nez — and this handy traveler’s guide to the area with notes on the film’s production. Relive the movie with a tour of Le Clos Fourtet in Saint-Émilion, where the majority of scenes from Tu seras mon fils were filmed.

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Curious about the moment in Paris when Paul and Philippe relax in a bain de raisins? Head over to Sources de Caudalie and ask them to approximate the same with a spa treatment you won’t forget.


Last week this armchair traveler went to an event sponsored by Alliance Française de Los Angeles with Caudalie on Abbott Kinney Boulevard. No, I didn’t hop into a vat of grapes, but I did have a fantastic mini-facial and an introduction to the new anti-aging superfood. You can mist with it, moisturize with it, and follow up with a glass from Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux. Who knew one little grape could do so much? Santé!


— Linda

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