Wine. A beautiful thing. Some of the best nights I’ve had among friends are where the we are sharing a bottle of wine, discussing the depth of this Bourdeux compared to that Burgundy. Trying new wines together while cooking or sitting around the table for hours is perfection to me. In fact, most of my social events center around the grape. Living abroad has given me the opportunity to try many fine wines and to visit local vineyards all around Spain and France. But just visiting for a couple hours doesn’t give a glimpse into the life of a grape nor the life of the vineyard and the people that care and tend to it.

A Year in Burgundy does just that. This film brings you into the life of seven wine-making families in the Burgundy region of France through the course of a year and shares the creative process to wine making as well as the roots, literal and otherwise, to what ties the people to their land. Through the year, we see the changing of the seasons through rain, storms, winters, intense heat-we see all that the grapes, and their owners, go through to keep them safe.  Having watched this documentary I can say that I appreciate wine even more so than I did before. A bottle holds the life of those grapes and the life of the people that toiled the land to make it so. It’s a time capsule, a remainder of what once grew on the land in far-away France.

The year this film takes place is 2011, and it proved to be a rough one for wine.  The San Franciscan based importer, Martine Saunier takes us on her journey to visit seven of her wineries -Domaine Leroy, Domaine Perrot-Minot, Domaine Morey-Coffinet, Domaine Bruno Clavelier, Domaine Mortet, Domaine Michel Gay & Fils, and Dominique Cornin. You can tell she knows her stuff and watching her try the wines is very impressive. The film does a wonderful job of explaining why this wine goes for the price it does and why it’s very well worth it!

Spanish Wine

The scenery of France is beautfiful all on its own but from a cinematic point, it’s well thought out and shot a bit intimately giving viewers a personal look at the growers and those peaceful moments as they discuss their wines. It’s great to see how other people live and work, especially when they are so passionate about it.

For this film, you should definitly get yourself a bottle of Burgundy. You really will have a much better experience as you drink the wine you see being cultivated in front of you! Even if it isn’t from the same region, you should definitly include wine on your menu!  Then, snuggle up on the sofa with Netlifx (where you can find this film) and have this decadent berry dessert with crème fraîche, which pairs nicely with a deep red.

Berries on Toast Dessert

I used sourdough and toasted it in the oven for about ten minutes at 375. I like it extra crispy but keep an eye on it if you would like it less so. My berries came from the local farmers market and contain raspberries, blueberries and blackberries but any of your favorite berries will do! I added a dollop of crème on top and voila- you have a quick, easy and delicious dessert!

 I hope you enjoy the documentary, if you check it out or try Berries on Toast, leave a comment here or tag #wanderfullifestyle on Facebook or Instragram!